Boulder Creek wins!!!
Layoff after being sick? No big deal. Rain? No big deal. Turf to synthetic? No big deal. Putting yourself potentially on the Triple Crown trail? Well, that's a big deal.
That's what Boulder Creek did by winning the MSW at Santa Anita on Friday. Running greenly and causing a few interesting moments, Boulder Creek sill proved much the best. Breaking from post two, Boulder Creek got away okay from the gate and sat fourth early while galloping along between horses. Jockey Victor Espinoza edged Boulder Creek out, and he began his advance on the turn. He drew onto even terms early in the stretch, and that is when Boulder Creek made things a little interesting. He did not switch leads and lugged in. When he straightened away he found another gear and drew off in the last fifty yards to win by a widening length.Trainer Craig Dollase said, "That's what we were waiting for. What's even more exciting is the fact that he didn't run a complete race and still won. We had the layoff, and we didn't know if he was better on the turf. A race like this opens up so many options for us. It is a nice feeling having a three-year-old on the improve at this time of year."
Victor Espinoza said, "The horse was still very green, but you can tell he is a racehorse. He did everything so well before the race. He felt great in the post parade. He relaxed nicely for me. When I asked him to run he gave me a nice burst. He made me work a little bit. He wouldn't switch leads, and I was trying to keep him from coming in on the other horse. He finished strong. It's very exciting. I don't know how good he could be. He did not run a complete race. When he figures it out his upside could be big."A three-year-old son of Tapit, Boulder Creek has earned over $41,000 from four career starts. He overcame a lot of variables in in this race, but he overcame them all. This is the kind of race that can be a real springboard for a horse at this time of year. We will keep all our options open for his next race.