16 August 2015, Aurora, Colorado ~ In the Arabian race Paddys Day stormed away to an eye-popping 18 3/4-length win in Sunday’s 1 1/4-mile, Grade 3 COBRA Classic Sponsored by Crow Valley Ranch. Ridden by Kelsi Purcell for trainer Scott Powell, the 4-year-old colt posted his biggest margin of victory in a precocious career of eight wins, including five stakes victories, in 10 starts.
“Paddy is the real deal,” Powell said. “He was pulling. If they had gone two miles, he would have won by 70 [lengths].”
Paddys Day (Burning Sand x AK Loretta), after clocking 2:20.71 for the 1 1/4 miles in Colorado, is now aimed to take the third (Diamond) and final leg of the new Arabian Triple Jewel Series at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California on 19 September, having handily captured the second leg at Pleasanton, California, on 5 July.
On Saturday,(15 August) Dc Willeys Song overcame defending champion Ms Dixie in the 1 1/8-mile, $25,000 Grade 3 COBRA Distaff Sponsored by Soaring Eagle Ranch, drawing off by 9 3/4 lengths in 2:05.20. Owned by John Henningsgard, trained by Ken Danyluk, and ridden by Travis Wales, Dc Willeys Song had been runner-up in the race in 2013.
Report by Jonathan Horowitz