Lieutenant Ron romps again
Sometimes one race is an indicator of things to come, and sometimes it is nothing more than a fluke. Whether the answer is the former or the later only comes with time. For Lieutenant Ron, the answer to his one race question is clear. His last race was a fluke, and his three dominating victories are the norm. Lieutenant Ron captured his third victory in four starts by decimating a "two other than" allowance race at Belmont. After acting up in the gate in his last start, leading to his only defeat, Lieutenant Ron was a true professional in his latest effort. He broke alertly and stalked the early pace. Lieutenant Ron assumed the lead with more than three-furlongs to run and drew off with authority. Lieutenant Ron's final margin of victory was nearly nine-lengths, and he earned his third triple-digit Beyer Figure from four races.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "What a difference a race makes. He was too fresh in his first start off the layoff, acted up, and bled. Today, he was perfect. If he doesn't beat himself, not many horses will beat him. He might be one of the most talented horses I have ever trained."
A three-year-old son of Graeme Hall, Lieutenant Ron is managed by West Point Thoroughbreds for client Gil Hallenbeck. Lieutenant Ron now has three wins in four starts and career earnings of over $107,000. Lieutenant Ron will now tentatively be pointed for the Grade 3 $100,000 Discovery Handicap on November 22nd at Aqueduct.