Saturday, November 5, 2011
Court Vision save his best race for last with a scintillating nose victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs. The Spendthrift color-bearer is scheduled to enter stud for the farm in 2012.
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Six-year-old Court Vision needed all of the Churchill Downs turf course stretch to get the win over a stellar field that included three-time Mile winner Goldikova. In tenth with just a quarter-mile to go, Court Vision was very wide coming into the stretch, came between horses to get the lead at the furlong marker, then held on tenaciously to withstand the charge Turallure. Goldikova wound up third.
Court Vision, purchased by B. Wayne Hughes Spendthrift Farm owner in August, was ridden by Robby Albarado and is trained by Dale Romans.
“I’ve loved him since he was a 2-year-old,” Romans said. “We saw him at the sales and have been following him. I’ve been saying all week how good this horse was doing. When I saw how easy he was running down the backside, I thought if they just back up a little we’ve got a hell of a shot.”
Court Vision, out of the Storm Bird mare Weekend Storm, was bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership. With the victory, he closes out his career with a mark of 9-4-4 in 31 starts, earning $3,746,658.