American Lion devours his competition
WinStar Farm’s homebred American Lion made easy prey of his ten opponents at Keeneland today in a Maiden Special Weight for 2-year-olds going seven furlongs under jockey Julien Leparoux. He popped out of the gate a length and a half in front of the field and then settled nicely down the backstretch just off the pace. He challenged the leaders on the turn, taking command at the quarter pole and drawing off under a hand ride to win by an impressive 6 ¾ lengths.
Going off as the 3/2 favorite, the Tiznow son was making only his second start after finishing second in a similar spot at Arlington Park with trainer Richard Budge, where he earned a speed figure of 94. He had been working well at Keeneland since his arrival there and impressed current trainer Eoin Harty from the start.
“The horse was expertly prepared by Richard Budge," said Harty. "He has had the horse since day one and Richard had always felt that he was a very good horse. I worked him twice and he was everything Richard said he was. He looks like he has a very bright future.”
American Lion was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, LLC and Dr. William Lockridge. He is out of the Storm Cat mare Storm Tide.