Requite is 2-for-2 in 2015 following a hard-fought victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Big Cypress H. at Gulfstream Park, just one day after Warriorscmoutoplay also garnered her first stakes win, giving Warrior’s Reward a stallion stakes double over the first weekend of June.
Ranked in the Top 10 on the 2014 Freshman Sire list, Warrior’s Reward is once again among the leading Second Crop sires with more than $1 million in progeny earnings to date.
With a pair of speedsters going to the lead, Requite settled into a good spot in third under Eddie Castro, a couple lengths off the lead. Three furlongs from the wire, Castro asked Requite for run, and he loomed up on the outside of Grand Bili, who had taken the lead.
The pair battled the length of the stretch, with Requite getting the best of his foe by a head in 1:22.91 for the seven furlongs on the fast track.
“It was good. He was a strong choice to win, and he did,” trainer George Weaver said. “He did not draw away from the field. The one (Grand Bili) hung in there well during the last parts of the race, but I like to see that. It kind of gives us a measuring stick. The one is probably a nice horse, and if your horse wins easy all the time, you never get to the bottom of them and test them. I thought he responded well to the battle.”
Requite broke his maiden impressively in his debut last August at Saratoga, beating the highly-regarded Two Weeks Off. After finishing fourth in the Hopeful S. (G1), he went to the sidelines before returning in May with another impressive win in a Gulfstream allowance.
“The horse is very fast, so we’ll try to concentrate on six or seven furlongs spots, as long as the owners are okay with it,” said Weaver of Requite’s summer plans.
Owned by his breeder Limestone Thoroughbreds, Requite has won three of his four starts and upped his bankroll to $125,728. He is out of the multiple stakes-placed mare New Hope Seven.