Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Earns 8th Stakes Victory

10.08.2018 -

The Milwaukee Brew son Kingsport (pictured, inside), benefitting from a ground-saving trip under Patrick Husbands, was headed in deep stretch but battled back for a very game neck victory in Monday’s Bunty Lawless Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

Watch the  $100,00 Bunty Lawless, run over one mile on a turf course rated yielding.

“My horse was handling [the track] good and the footing was unbelievable,” said Husbands, Kingsport’s regular rider for trainer Sid Attard. “I held the fence and he was just loving it. He had a perfect trip and the other horse put him away and he fought back on. At the end of the day, horse makes jockey, but I’m happy to be here.”

Eskiminzin seized control early in the Bunty Lawless, holding an open lead through a quarter in :23.39, a half in :46.68, and three-quarters in 1:11.47.

Boreal Spirit and Nipigon were in closest attendance early while Kingsport was biding his time remaining in striking distance, and had moved up to second with a quarter-mile to run.

Tipped out by Husbands early in the stretch, Kingsport seemed ready to roll home but was immediately confronted by Thor’s Rocket, who had raced in eighth under Alan Garcia through the first half-mile before launching his bid and taking a length lead with a furlong to run.

“When [Garcia] came to me, my horse never fought so he was just finishing off the race to run second,” said Husbands. “And then I saw him coming back again so he gave me more confidence and he got the job done.”

Thor’s Rocket had to settle for second money but was 10 ¼ lengths to the good of third-place finisher Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (by Silent Name).

Kingsport, who campaigns for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing, was winning his eighth stakes while upping his bankroll to $650,032.

The Bunty Lawless was the first turf stakes win for the 6-year-old out of the Green Dancer daughter Green Jewel, and Attard had said prior to the race that he was concerned about Kingsport on “soft” going.

“My horse was handling [the track] good and the footing was unbelievable,” said Husbands, Kingsport’s regular rider for trainer Sid Attard. “I held the fence and he was just loving it. He had a perfect trip and the other horse put him away and he fought back on. At the end of the day, horse makes jockey, but I’m happy to be here.”

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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