Sport

El Profesor dictates his class

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, February 23, 2018

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After El Profesor finished in second p osition on five occasions from as many starts, trainer Fitzroy Glispie said he had to take a good look at his charge and correct a problem that the horse was experiencing heading into the Classic season.

El Profesor made his debut on November 4 of last year behind My Beirut going five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m). He then went on to finish second four more times – on November 15 behind Marquesas, on December 2 behind Fayrouz, on December 26 behind Drone Strike, and this year on January 6 behind Fashionista.

Last Saturday, El Profesor finally got things right when he won a maiden condition race for native-bred three-year-olds going six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) under the guidance of champion apprentice Anthony Thomas.

“Well, it was a good enough performance from El Profesor, as he went from gate to wire. It was a cheap field nonetheless, and the final time of 1:20.0 was not bad. Finishing second five times was ok, because he was still earning.

“We found out that he had some issues and we had to give him a break. I took care of that. I had castrated him so he could maintain his strength, and I am happy with his performance. Well, I am going to take it one day at a time. I am expecting more from him in the future,” Glispie shared.

El Profesor broke well and went straight for the lead from the off in the 10-horse field, as Flashaway and Nuclear Thunder were scratched from the race. El Profesor maintained a steady gallop until running the half-mile (800m) when Western Legend (Robert Halledeen) landed his challenge. Both hooked up on the lead until approaching the final bend when El Profesor began to draw away from Western Legend and the rest of the field.

El Profesor turned for home on the inside rails, responded well to the guidance of Thomas, and won by a length and a half in the end with Reggae Road (Shane Ellis), who came home well in second and Western Legend third.

“Well, he is a nice horse and he will surely get better from here on. We broke well, went for the lead, and although we were tested by Western Legend we still had enough in the tank to take us home comfortably. He will get better for sure,” Thomas declared.

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