Trooper John left no doubt he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Grade 3, $150,000 Canadian Derby by taking a blowout win in $50,000 Count Lathum for 3-year-olds at Northlands Park on Saturday.
It was the fifth straight stakes win for the Pennsylvania-bred son of Colonel John, who has career earnings of $115,096.
The 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby is on Aug. 19, and Trooper John couldn’t have been more impressive winning the final local prep for the most prestigious race in Alberta with a 9 1/2-romp over Double Bear in the 1 1/16-mile race.
With Keishan Balgobin aboard, Trooper John broke alertly from post 5 and quickly moved to the rail, where he dueled with Double Bear and Fall at Last through a half-mile in 47.18 seconds. He opened a four-length lead at the six-furlong mark, and was in control the rest of the way. Double Bear finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Real Quality, who came from a stalking position.
The final time was 1:44.28.
In two previous starts this year, Trooper John came from well back to win the Ky Alta and the Western Canada.
“I didn’t want him to get too far back this time,” Balgobin said. “He broke well, and since he was on the lead I just went on with him.”
Trooper John is trained by Tim Rycroft and owned by Riversedge Racing Stables. He was purchased for the team by bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto & Hanzly Albina at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale.
-edited from www.drf.com