September 10, 2017 - Belmont Park, Race 6, Msw, USD $75,000, 1M
Copper Town, c, 3, 2014 by Speightstown
1st Dam: Dynazaper (SW, $139,835), by Ghostzapper
2nd Dam: Broad Dynamite, by Broad Brush
3rd Dam: Subtle Raise, by Raise a Native
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, China Horse Club & SF Racing LLC
Breeder: WinStar Farm, LLC (KY)
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Copper Town (Speightstown), second to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Blue Buff (Unbridled’s Song) in his February debut, scored an impressive front-running success returning Sunday at Belmont to earn his own Rising Stardesignation.
Bet hard throughout before drifting up to be the 11-5 favorite by post time, the bay veered in sharply at the start, but recovered well and moved through at the rail to dictate terms past splits of :23.05 and :46.33. Challenged by Stan the Man (Broken Vow) approaching the top of the lane, Copper Town cut the corner sweetly and quickly stoned that foe. Backyard Heaven (Tizway), making his belated debut for the Ramseys and Chad Brown, finished with interest in the final furlong to be a clear second, but Copper Town had long since slammed the door, and cruised home 3 3/4 lengths to the good while never feeling the whip.
The victor’s dam, a stakes winner on turf, has a yearling colt by Pioneerof the Nile and a weanling Bernardini filly. She was bred to both Bodemeister and Curlin this spring. Second dam Broad Dynamite (Broad Brush) was a GSW, while third dam Subtle Raise (Raise a Native) is a half to MGISW Very Subtle (Hoist the Silver).