Promising USA youngster Hit The Road gave Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Craig Rounsefell the second-leg of an international double on the weekend.
Hit The Road (2c More Than Ready - Highway Mary by US Ranger) is black-type bound after blitzing a Del Mar maiden over 1600m on Sunday. He had struggled on dirt on debut at Santa Anita last month, however, it was a different scenario on turf second-up.
Settled midfield skirting the fence by jockey Joe Talamo, he angled wide in the lane and barrelled past the leaders to win by over a length from Cool Runnings (American Pharoah).
“He’s a striking individual with enormous potential,” Rounsefell said of the April 30-foaled colt. “It’s always exciting to get a winner at Del Mar, my favourite racetrack, and it’s even better when it’s with great friend and trainer Dan Blacker and a super crew of owners.”
Rounsefell secured him for $160,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September yearling sale and for a colt with a stallion’s pedigree, that price-tag was an absolute bargain.
Hit The Road was bred in Kentucky by Fred Hertrich and is raced by DK Racing, Radley Equine, Taste of Victory Stables and Rick Gold. Hertrich also bred More Than Ready’s Group 1 winners Rushing Fall and Catholic Boy.
They hold nominations for the Breeders’ Cup in November as does Hit The Road who is from a half-sister to Coolmore Stud’s Group-winning stallions War Command (War Front) and Naval Officer (Tale of the Cat).
Scales Of Justice claimed the first-leg of the Boomer brace in the G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Lindsey Smith-trained gelding has been plagued by injuries since winning the G1 Railway Stakes at Ascot in 2016.
The son of Not A Single Doubt was purchased by Rounsefell for $180,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and the Bletchingly prizemoney increased his earnings to over $1.54 million for owners Chris Wells and Bill Andrews.
Connections are open to offers to run Scales Of Justice in the $14 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick. “If it doesn’t come off he can go in the (G1) Memsie Stakes,” Smith said. “I will have a discussion with the boys. We would like to win another Railway so there’s also the option to go home.”
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