Crimson Stag wins Louisiana Champions Juvenile
Crimson Stag, our two-year-old son of Glitterman, won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile in convincing manner on December 11th scoring by three and a half lengths while drawing away late in the the six furlong race. Winning jockey Robby Albarado told trainer Dallas Stewart after the race, "This colt was just finding his stride when we were hitting the wire. He was really reaching out for me. All I had to do was ask him when we were ready, and he went by those frontrunners with ease."
Dallas Stewart said, "We've been pointing for this race since he broke his maiden at Saratoga, and he's just trained great since his last start. I knew we were going in with a loaded gun in this race, and he just relaxed beautifully early. He's got a lot of talent, but he's still pretty playful. I still don't think we've seen his best yet."
Breaking from post seven, Crimson Stag brushed with the horse just to his outside coming out of the gate. However, he got into stride in good order, and settled on the outside in fourth just about two-lengths back after a quarter-mile in 22.3. Albarado kept Crimson Stag on the outside in the clear. Crimson Stag was still in third after a half-mile in 46.2, but he had advanced to less than a length off the lead, and when Albarado gave him his cue to go he accelerated with authority and seized the lead at the top of the stretch. Crimson Stag did get in slightly early in the lane, but Albarado corrected him and he powered away through the lane to the victory.
Crimson Stag earned $60,000 for the win pushing his career earnings over $100,000 from six career starts. He covered the six furlongs in 1:10.3 less than a tick slower than the older horse division of the sprint.