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Stretch Ride Game Third in Kentucky Jockey Club / Monday, November 27, 2023

Stretch Ride continued his steady emergence in the 2-year-old division with a game third-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky-bred colt, exported as a yearling and acquired by West Point in Europe at a 2-year-olds in training sale, is now officially on the Kentucky Derby trail, earning three qualifying points for the 2024 Run for the Roses.

The son of Derby hero Street Sense had won at Churchill and Keeneland in his two previous races.

West Point’s Jeff Lifson said, “A handful in the paddock, Stretch Ride broke sharply and was in between horses for most of the first three-quarters, easing to a slight lead before yielding to the winner, giving up the place late. He ran hard from beginning to end.

Jockey Martin Chuan said his horse was maybe a bit to eager early and that may have cost him. Trainer Dale Romans agreed and said there’s plenty to like with this colt:

West Point scored a juvenile win earlier on the card with Legalize, who delivered with Luis Saez up as the favorite in a seven-furlong maiden special weight in his second career start.

Cherie DeVaux trains Legalize, a son of Constitution acquired in the OBS April two-year-olds in training sale. West Point campaigns Legalize in a racing partnership with Twin Brook Stables, Belladonna Racing, LLC, Nice Guys Stables, Iapetus Racing, Hornstock, S., Runnels Racing, Perrine Time Thoroughbreds, R T R Stables, LLC, Peppermint Stables, LLC and Manganaro Bloodstock.

Jockey Martin Chuan with Stretch Ride’s team in the paddock:

Legalize before his win: 

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