Strike Hard Gets His Opportunity To Do That In Mucho Macho Man Stakes
On the off chance that Strike Hard runs a similar mile time in Saturday’s Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, he ran in a Dec. 5 Gulfstream recompense, the Florida prod of the Kentucky Derby trail will have another power.
Strike Hard opens his kid crusade as a potential Kentucky Derby prospect in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park. (Picture: Ryan Thompson Photo Hard-won that recompense by four lengths, covering the mile in 1:35.60. A rehash of that time would rank as the second-quickest time in occasion history.A second and change behind the 1:34.39 timed by Itsmyluckyday in the 2013 occasion. And all Itsmyluckyday did was finish second in the Florida Derby. You win three reviewed stakes – including the 2014 Whitney – and bank more than $1.7 million.
First of all. Strike Hard and his 25-year-old coach, Matthew Williams, have the $150,000 Mucho Macho Man – and its relating profound field – in front of them. That incorporates one of meet pioneer Saffie Joseph’s thriving stable of prospective 3-year-olds: Skippylongstocking. Named after the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Awesome Again champion.The Mucho Macho Man is the principal rung on Gulfstream Park’s four-rung, Derby trail stepping stool. That stepping stool closes April 2 at the Grade 1 Florida Derby service
Strike Hard staggered in his first stakes excursion
Strike Hard got on that stepping stool with that reverberating triumph. His second at a mile, and second in five races. The triumph accompanied a vocation best 92 Equibase Speed Figure. And put Strike Hard on the load up for the fourth time in those five races.
The main time the child of Grade 2 Flashback missed the load up came in his solitary reviewed stakes trip. That was the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs back in September, where Strike Hard completed a sad seventh. He completed almost seven lengths behind Major General at 5.80/1.
“I might want to define a boundary through that race,” Williams told Gulfstream Park. “I think we transported him excessively near the race since we were unsure whether we’d really get in. The strong man was anticipating a major field, there was a ton of selection. so, we didn’t deliver him when we had at first arranged. I trust that implies he didn’t give us his best that day.”
This race will decide the next Derby trial steps
Strike Hard came to Williams as a $25,000 buy as a 2-year-old in preparing at March’s Ocala Breeders Sale. He provides Williams with a possible male rendition of his best pony to date: Dream Marie. Although That 4-year-old filly positioned in five stakes to go with four successes and more than $278,000 in income.
“Going into the Mucho Macho Man, I have a ton of certainty,” said Williams, who looks for his first stakes win. “I certainly believe he’s capable and the level, particularly dependent on his last execution. This race will assist us with choosing what’s straightaway.”