Wincat romps in debut
He made it look easy. Never could a phrase ring any truer than after Wincat's debut at Philadelphia Park. The race was over fifty yards after the gate sprung as Wincat went to the front and improved his position from there widening his advantage at every pole. By the time Wincat hit the wire, he led by nearly seven-lengths under a hammerlock from jockey Jeremy Rose. Wincat stopped the teletimer in an eye-popping 1:09.1 for six-furlongs without ever being asked to run.
Jockey Jeremy Rose said, "This horse is a freak. I felt like I was driving a Porsche out there. I got him to the front and just had to make sure that I didn't fall off. I never had to ask him to run. It couldn't have been any easier."
Kiaran McLaughlin's assistant Artie Magnusson said, "We knew this colt was fast. He gets across the ground beautifully. You want to see if they can show their talent in the afternoon, and I'd say he did. That was a tour-de-force performance."
A two-year-old son of Hold That Tiger, Wincat earned $29,400 for his effort. We will keep all our options open for Wincat's next start, but the likely next step will be an "a other than" allowance in the second half of January.