Capo Bastone's First Starter Impresses at Keeneland

04.11.2018 -

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and decisive debut victory on April 11.

Watch Hargus Win Debut

Owned by Danny Pate and trained by juvenile wizard Wesley Ward, Hargus broke sharply from post 10 under Joel Rosario in the 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special at Keeneland. The 2-1 second choice quickly sprinted to the lead with favored stablemate Odie flanked to his outside. 

The pair dueled in tandem around the far turn with Odie gaining a slight advantage at the top of the lane. Hargus then parried right back under strong hand urging from Rosario. The flashy chestnut showed his bravery, holding position against the rail before rallying back to overtake Odie. He then coasted home with Rosario gearing him down in the final yards.

The final margin of victory over Odie, a promising son of the white-hot Scat Daddy, was 2 1/2 lengths with the timer stopped at :52.19.

Hargus was bred in Kentucky by J. D. Stuart out of the Put It Back daughter Call My Lawyer. He is named after Capo Bastone's co-breeder, the late Hargus Sexton, a friend and mentor of owner Danny Pate. 

“He was always a beautiful individual with a great walk, a great shoulder and a great attitude," Pate said. “I thought he’d get them. He was really working well at home. He worked a half mile up there the other day in :49, and that’s unheard of at my track. We knew he had a lot of talent.”

As is often the case when a horse wins a 2-year-old maiden at Keeneland, Pate said he’s already hearing from people who want to buy Hargus. He said he would consider selling a portion of the colt at some point, but as for right now he’s more focused on his upcoming racing schedule. Hargus’s next start will be in the May 3 $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile S. at Churchill Downs and Pate said if he runs well there, a start at Royal Ascot could be next.

- portions from, photo by Coady Photography

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