Horse Racing

BALTUSROL: No need for excitement as yet — trainer Anthony Nunes

Observer staff reporter

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Following Baltusrol's victory in Saturday's Front Runner Dash feature, trainer Anthony Nunes is not overly excited about his charge's run, saying it was just an introduction to racing for his bay colt.

Running for the first time in a maiden special weight event for native-bred two-year-olds over five furlongs (1,000m) round, it was lift-off for Baltusrol from the start, eventually winning by and increasing five and a half lengths.

Ridden by Dick Cardenas, Baltusrol approached the final bend challenged by Top Shelf (Gary Richards), but that was just for a brief moment as Baltusrol quickened at the top of the straight.

Princess Annie (Omar Walker) came with her run in deep stretch but could not overhaul the winner. Top Shelf was third, while Matriarch (Shane Ellis) finished fourth.

Baltusrol — by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of the Dayton Flyer mare Star Flyer — is bred and owned by Christopher Boorman, Elias Haloute and Stephan Narinesingh.

Nunes then shared that Baltusrol was not really pushed in his exercise gallops in the mornings coming into the race.

“It was an alright performance by Baltusrol to get the victory from his first start, but he is still a bit green and unsure of what's going on, but that is expected. Overall, it was a nice and encouraging introduction.

“The preparation coming into the race was good. I mean, we didn't tighten any screws on him as we just brought him along easily and at no time did we really ask him to run in the mornings either, so this was all natural for him,” Nunes said.

What's next? “More than likely we will be aiming for the Supreme Venture Triple Crown races, [but] it is early days yet. He is so green, and if he runs like this and he is green, I can only hope that when he matures and understands what's going on, then he will be an even better horse.”

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