Curlin's Rocketeer Wins Nicely In Keeneland Debut

Rocketeer | Coady Photography

8th-Keeneland, $100,000, Msw, 10-26, 2yo, 7f, 1:28.82, ft, 4 lengths.
ROCKETEER (c, 2, Curlin–Thirteen Arrows {MSW, $277,375}, by Indian Charlie) went off at 3-1 in this debut spot and was forwardly placed just off pacesetting World Fair (Tapiture). The top pair moved through opening fractions of :22.97 and :46.63 before Rocketeer made his run to strike the front with an outside move passing the quarter pole. The class of the field in the run to the wire, the Brad Cox trainee cruised home to win by four lengths over 25-1 longshot D Day Sky (Omaha Bech). $1.5m yearling Stop the Press (Uncle Mo) was never a factor after a slow beginning and came home sixth. Thirteen Arrows, a $575,000 broodmare purchase out the 2016 FTKNOV sale, is a half-sister to GISW and sire Cross Traffic (Unbridled's Song) and also to the dam of SW/MGISP Gulfport (Uncle Mo). Her Into Mischief yearling colt brought a final bid of $525,000 from Repole Stable at this year's KEESEP sale and she reported a filly by the same stallion this Spring before visiting Life Is Good for 2024. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $57,350. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Brennan, Ian; B-Fifth Avenue Bloodstock & Glenwood Breeding (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.

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