After Slow Start, Drowning Bear Scores
Bear Wins for Second Time
Breaking from the rail can be a tough thing for a racehorse, especially if you don't break alertly. With a slow start, you can lose your position, and ultimately, any chance of winning. Well, somebody forgot to tell Drowning Bear that fact. Bear broke dead-last in the five-horse field and veered in badly shortly after the start, spotting his competitors about six lengths, but the four-year-old son of Yonaguska would overcome his hesitant beginning to take the lead late in the race to notch his second career score.
After a beginning that would have eliminated most horses, jockey Ramon Dominguez was able to straighten Drowning Bear out and put him close to the lead early shortly after his stutter-step start. Bear would stalk the longshot leader through fractions of :23.1 and :46.2. As they turned for home, he still had some work to do to catch the leader. But Bear would get the job done, catching him late en route to thie win.
Dominguez was impressed with Drowning Bear's effort. "A lot of horses wouldn't have overcome that type of start, but my horse showed a lot of class today. It was nice that it was a small field for us. He was impressive today."
For the win, Bear earned $25,800 and has now finished in the money in five of his seven lifetime starts, including two wins. He has now banked over $70,000 for his career.