Camp Victory Breaks Maiden In Impressive Fashion
Fresh off a magical victory on Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup, Mike Smith was able to recreate some magic on Saturday with our talented two-year-old Camp Victory. The near black son of Forest Camp broke a step slow and settled off the leader, but only briefly before pulling his way to lead along the inside. He led through opening fractions of 23.35 and 45.67 while being pressed on the outside by the heavy favorite. At the top of the stretch, he accelerated and drew away to win by a decisive 2 ½ lengths. The final time for the six furlongs over the firm turf was 1:09.19.
Trainer Carla Gaines (also fresh off a Breeders' Cup win with Dancing In Silks) said, "He has been training spectacularly since being gelded. I wasn't sure how he would handle the turf, but he was doing so well I went ahead and ran him. He showed he like the turf and has a lot of talent. This is a nice horse."
Jockey Mike Smith said, "I thought we were going to lay off the pace, but he was eager to get to the lead, so I just let him roll. He had a lot left in the tank in the last quarter mile and just kept going."
Camp Victory earned $21,600 for his maiden breaking score. We will look to run him back late at Hollywood or early at Santa Anita.