May 25, 2017 - Churchill Downs, Race 1, Msw, USD $43,000, 5F
Copper Bullet, C, 2, 2015 by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Allegory, by Unbridled's Song
2nd Dam: Louve Royale (Ire), by Peintre Celebre
3rd Dam: Louve, by Irish River (Fr)
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder: Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Copper Bullet was hammered down to 3-2 favoritism for this second go and ran to the money with an ultra-impressive performance to become the second “TDN Rising Star” of the day. Away alertly, the $200,000 KEESEP buy seized the early advantage and appeared well within himself as he clocked an opening quarter in :22.47. Lengthening his massive stride further at the top of the stretch, the bay cruised home to an effortless eight-length victory under a motionless Florent Geroux. Sky Promise (Sky Mesa) was the runner-up.
Copper Bullet checked in a respectable second in his career bow at Keeneland Apr. 26, a race in which Sky Promise finished five lengths behind him in third. His dam Allegory (Unbridled’s Song), a Joseph Allen homebred, sold to breeder Dell Ridge Farm for $200,000 carrying her first foal by Smart Strike at the 2013 Keeneland November sale and the resulting foal is a now 3-year-old colt named Irish Prospector. A daughter of MSW and MGSP Louve Royale (Ire) (Peintre Celebre), Allegory also has a yearling colt by Verrazano and was bred back to Lemon Drop Kid. Copper Bullet also traces his lineage back to French Highweights Loup Sauvage and Loup Solitaire.