Tiz Wonderful added to his impressive list of sophomore winners Thursday at Keeneland when Cone of Light came from the back of the pack to win his debut in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight contest for 3-year-olds. View the race replay here
(select April 18, race 7).
Tiz Wonderful has 15 winners to date this year, fourth-best among all second-crop sires.
Breaking from post 10, Cone of Light took that position down the backstretch under Robby Albarado. Still ninth after a half-mile, Albarado guided the long-striding dark bay out around a wall of horses at the top of the stretch.
In the clear with a furlong to run, Cone of Light accelerated quickly to hit the front inside the final sixteenth, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4-lengths in 1:18.45.
Bred by Spendthrift Farm, Cone of Light is owned by Gary Biszantz and Gary Vanderweghe, who bought him as a weanling at the 2010 Keeneland November sale. Cone of Light is a half-brother to Zultanite, who placed in both the 2012 Sands Point S. (G2) and Boiling Spring S. (G3).