PASS THE PUNCH WINS!!!
Pass The Punch showed incredible resoluteness in breaking his maiden on January 13th at Aqueduct. Breaking from post six, Pass The Punch got away alertly and sprinted to the front through a quarter-mile 22.3. Pass The Punch was pressed through the second quarter-mile, and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan actually surrendered the lead after a half-mile sitting a head back. Bridgmohan gave Pass The Punch a little reign going into the turn and Pass he repelled his first challenger. Pass The Punch had to withstand another challenge through the turn. He was on even terms entering the stretch, but he dug in stubbornly on the rail and turned back another challenger. Pass The Punch got a little tired late in the stretch, but he held on nicely to score the victory.
Kiaran's assistant Artie said, "We haven't found the bottom of this colt yet. This was another nice step in the process, and he should move forward again from this race. He's shown a lot of heart in each of his races. When you have a horse with speed and heart you can have a lot of fun."
Shaun Bridgmohan said, "I knew my colt had speed, so I was going to let him get away from the gate and see where we sat. If someone really wanted the lead I was going to sit off them. we ended up in front early, but I had my colt in hand. We ended up having three horses make a run at us, and he turned them all away. When I got clear in the stretch I knew we were in good shape. I kept after him because he was getting a little tired, but we had it measured in the last fifty yards. If I had really kept working on him we probably could have won by a little more, but I knew we had it won. It doesn't feel like we've reached the bottom of this colt yet."
Pass The Punch earned $25,800 for his effort. It was a nice way to start his three year old campaign.