Monday, September, 30, 2013

Virginia Thoroughbred Association
Monday, September 30, 2013

Virginia can claim another Grade I winner after Saturday, when the Lazy Lane-bred 2-year-old Bond Holder dominated in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.


Bond Holder, a son of Mineshaft out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Cielo Girl, had run four times prior to the FrontRunner. He made his debut at Hollywood Park in July, finishing fifth. His most recent effort was a second in a Del Mar maiden special weight, making the FrontRunner his first win.


Lazy Lane principal Frank Shipp is far from surprised at the colt’s ability. He called the victory “bittersweet,” as Cielo Girl is no longer living.


“He was a strong, racy colt with a big stride and a great mind,” Shipp said. “The mare had a lot of class, so it’s no surprise she’s produced a Grade I winner.”


Bond Holder served up no surprises in his running style either, breaking in seventh position and taking up his usual position towards the back of the field. The colt chased the field on the inside through opening fractions of 22.58 and 46.62. Coming out of the final turn and into the straight, Bond Holder shifted out and made his run down the stretch. Urged by jockey Mario Gutierrez, Bond Holder streaked under the wire 2 ¼-lengths ahead of second-placed Dance With Fate. The Virginia-bred paid $23.80 to win.


Purchased by pinhooker Jim Crupi for $90,000 at Keeneland September, Bond Holder sold for $125,000 at OBS March. He is now part of the Kentucky Derby-winning I’ll Have Another team: Reddam Racing and Doug O’Neill.


“Bond Holder is in a great stable, and we hope he can get them another Breeders’ Cup and more roses next spring in Kentucky,” Shipp said.


Congratulations from the VTA to Lazy Lane Farm!