November 05, 2003 · By
Cool Hal broke his maiden on 11/2 in a game and determined effort. Breaking from the seven hole, Cool Hal got away from the gate sharply and went to the lead while in hand under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. Cool Hal was going fast early, cutting the first quarter-mile in a solid 22.4. Cool Hal had a head lead while being pressed from the outside. Cool Hal continued on the lead while being pressed, but he was relaxed and caught a little breather running the half-mile in 46.4. Cool Hal was headed on the turn, and it looked like the other pacesetter might kick away from him. However, when Shaun Bridgmohan shook Hal up in the stretch he stuck his head back in front and refused to allow the other horse by. At the eighth pole, Cool Hal had to brace for another challenge from a horse closing from the outside, but one he got within a head he found an extra gear and spurted away nearing the wire to win by a neck. Cool Hal is at a point where he is still improving, but today's effort was a tremendous example of heart and determination, and that is something that you cannot teach a horse. Cool Hal collected $24,600 for today's victory. We will see how he came out of the race over the next few days, and then look to run back in a NY Bred "a other than" allowance.