Deerslayer hoping for success in Gravesend Handicap in New York
10:21am Friday 16th December 2011 in Horse racing
- By Steve Carroll » Sports reporter
A YORK racing syndicate is hoping to grab a piece of US glory in the Big Apple this weekend.
Deerslayer, owned by city-based Wildcard Racing, runs in the $65,000 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct, in New York, over six furlongs tomorrow.
The five-year-old, trained by Amy Weaver in Newmarket, has won six times in 15 starts this year and the Wildcard syndicate, which has owned the horse in October and also has horses with Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan, are hoping he can shine on his American debut against five other sprinters. He will carry 8st 3lbs and will be ridden by Michael Luzzi.
Rule by Night is the 7-5 favourite to take victory but syndicate manager Andrew Bonarius, who lives in Huntington, is quietly confident that Deerslayer will make an impact.
“He has run four times and won once for us, at Lingfield in a claiming race on his last start,” he said. “We have taken him out there and it will probably be his last run for us. The plan is to sell him in America.
“We have gone for the prize money and for the chance to get Wildcard Racing broadcast over a wider spectrum.”
The race is named in honour of the early American racetrack sited near Coney Island, in Brooklyn, which was closed just over a hundred years ago. Once a Grade III event, the race is now ungraded and will be run for the 52nd time.
Famous horses to have won the contest include the prodigious sire Mr Prospector in 1974.
Bonarius added: “He was in quarantine for two days and he did his first piece of work yesterday. There are six people in the syndicate and he will be better handicapped out there than he is here.
“He is by Rahy, a famous American sire, and he was bought in America as a two-year-old. We think that dirt will suit him and we think he has a chance to nick it.”
The race will be shown on At The Races, Sky channel 415, at 8.37pm on Saturday