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Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Captures Steady Growth S. for 10th Stakes Win

06.15.2019 -

Reunited with his regular reinsman Patrick Husbands, fan favorite Kingsport hauled down the top trio to kick off his seven-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

It was the 10th stakes victory for the son of Adena Springs North's two-time champion sire Milwaukee Brew, who has now earned $740,963.

The 1-1/16-mile Steady Growth set up perfectly for the Sid Attard trainee Kingsport with a three-horse speed duel up front between Nipigon, Thor’s Rocket and Cooler Mike.

“He left there sharp,” said Husbands. “He relaxed going in the first turn and I was just smiling seeing three of them going head-to-head, you know, and I got a perfect trip. When I reached about the three-eighths pole, I said, ‘Let’s go, boy!’ and he just jumped on the bridle and it was just a matter of time.”

Kingsport gapped the leading trio in fourth-place throughout fractions of :24.77, :48.23 and 1:11.75. However, the 4-5 favorite came charging down the stretch to get up in time for the victory in 1:43.35.

“I was a little worried, but when he made the run, I said he’s going to get there,” said Attard.

Cooler Mike, a son of Giant Gizmo who placed in both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales last season, had pulled ahead of his fellow front-running foes with a furlong to go in the Ontario Sired Stakes and finished second by just a neck. Thor’s Rocket edged out Nipigon 2-3/4 lengths behind while Argentium completed the order of finish.

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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