New York Watch: Cocalero

A sluggish start couldnt stop Cocalero from breaking his maiden on debut and becoming the 10th horse featured in the New York Watch series, which shines the spotlight on promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden and allowance ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. By AP Indy and out of Grade 1 winner Got Koko, Cocalero, a $175000 yearling, topped the 2009 OBS Spring Sale as a juvenile when he was purchased for $675000 by John Ferguson, agent for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who raced the colt at Belmont Park under the colors of Darley Stable. Despite being coupled in the wagering along with fellow first-time starter Stratford Hill, another well-bred son of AP Indy, Cocalero received only mild betting support at 5-1. Cocalero, after loading reluctantly, reared in the starting gate. He stood still for the break, but was away several lengths slowly. It was unexpected, trainer Tom Albertrani said of Cocaleros gate problems. First time out, you never know what to expect or how they are going to act. He was really tense in the gate. Jockey Alan Garcia didnt panic, however, and let the Cocalero bide his time at the back of the pack. The bay raced with his head held high through the far turn, but got down to business once he was swung out at the top of the stretch, splitting rivals and closing strongly to win by 1 ¾ lengths. [Garcia] was really patient, and the horse was able to recover for him, said Albertrani. He ...

 

 



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