Geaux Rocket Ride Debut Launch For Pin Oak Stud

3rd-Santa Anita, $67,500, Msw, 1-29, 3yo, 6f, 1:09.52, ft, 5 3/4 lengths.

GEAUX ROCKET RIDE (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}–Beyond Grace, by Uncle Mo), a live firster after clocking a nice work back on Dec. 30 (5 furlongs, :59.60, 1/72) for the Mandella barn, was clearly ready on debut as he sprinted against five others receiving Lasix for the first time. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the $350,000 FTKJUL buy led from the rail, but was chased down the backstretch by heavy favorite Sonoran (Ride On Curlin) to the tune of :22.00 flat. Rounding the far turn, the pacesetter began to steadily extend his lead, and past the eighth pole kept to the task to score by 5 3/4-lengths over the chalk who was second. The winner is owned by Dana and Jim Bernhard, who purchased historic Pin Oak Stud just outside of Versailles, Kentucky late last year. Beyond Grace was bought by OXO Equine as a 2-year-old at the FTFMAR for $1,500,000. Sales History: $350,000 Ylg ’21 FTKJUL. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $40,200. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Pin Oak Stud LLC; B-OXO Equine LLC (KY); T-Richard E. Mandella.

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