A first-time starter for Steve Asmussen, Carbone (Mitole) put in a professional debut effort to earn a 'TDN Rising Star' tag Sunday under the Twinspires.
Facing a mixed field of runners, including a pair of rivals exiting a key race from Keeneland in October, the William and Corinne Heiligbrodt homebred caught a flyer from his outside gate and quickly got the jump on his rivals, opening up a length on Goldbrick (Goldencents). Paced through fractions of :22.13 and :45.77, Carbone turned back Goldbrick around the far turn and drew off nicely under Ricardo Santana Jr. to defeat this field handily by eight lengths in a final time of 1:09.84 at odds of 5/2.
Carbone is owned, trained and ridden by each of the same connections as his freshman sire (by Eskendereya) who now picks up a third 'TDN Rising Star' and 25th winner from his first crop. Treasure In Heaven saw her yearling Instagrand colt bring $250,000 from OXO Equine as a weanling at last year's FTKNOV sale and she foaled a Yaupon filly this spring before returning to Yaupon for 2024.
#9 Carbone has a burst of energy to win R7 at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen with @RSantana_Jr in the saddle! 🌟
— TwinSpires Racing 🏇 (@TwinSpires) November 19, 2023
7th-Churchill Downs, $120,945, Msw, 11-19, 2yo, 6f, 1:09.84, ft, 8 lengths.
CARBONE, c, 2, Mitole
1st Dam: Treasure in Heaven, by Street Sense
2nd Dam: Richwoman, by Successful Appeal
3rd Dam: Richbabe, by Richman
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $69,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O/B-William Heiligbrodt & Corinne Heiligbrodt (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.