Lieutenant Ron runs 102 Beyer in debut
Lieutenant Ron earned one of the fastest debut Beyer speed figures of the last decade for a two-year-old garnering a 102. He made every pole a winning one as he broke on top and glided across the muddy Aqueduct strip to a dominating eight-length score in his debut. Owned by Partner Gil Hallenbeck and managed by West Point Thoroughbreds, Lieutenant Ron broke sharply and quickly struck the front. Facing strong early pressure, Lieutenant Ron ripped off a quarter-mile in 22.2. He opened up a small working margin through a half-mile in 45.3, but when he turned for him he found another gear and sprinted away from his competition. He widened his advantage with every stride through stretch stopping the teletimer for six-furlongs in an extremely fast 1:09.3.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "I thought Lieutenant Ron would run very well today, but he even exceeded my expectations. He was awesome. He is a very fast colt, and he showed that today. He could not have been more impressive. Alan (Garcia) was just a passenger."
A two-year-old son of Graeme Hall, Lieutenant Ron was purchased as a two-year-old for only $60,000 at the Eaton May sale. Six months later, he is one of the fastest two-year-olds in the country. Lieutenant Ron earned $31,200 for his winning effort. He will be pointed for a winter campaign in Florida.