The gates rang open and they were all LOOKIN AT NUREY.
By the end, the only horse with a good view of him was his stablemate.
Kody, representing Empire State Racing, swept the first two places in Saturday’s $6 million, Grade 1 Breeders’ Bowl Classic. Lookin at Nurey ($20), a 4yo bay son of Lookin At Lucky out of a stakes-placed Nureyev mare named BIG HANA, blew the field away. He sprang from the gate and ran off to a lonely lead of more than five lengths, and never came close to being caught.
The only horse that got close by the end was DOUBTFUL TROUBLE, Kody’s 3yo bay son of Tale of the Cat, out of a Silver Deputy mare named SILVER MACH ONE.
Prior to Saturday, Kody had never even run a horse in a Breeders’ Bowl race!
“It’s probably going to take a while to sink in,” Kody said. “I watched it about six times, and kept checking the results page, thinking it cannot be real.
“I might have to retire from the Sim after that. Just kidding.”
No, Kody is not retiring now. Not after playing since 2001 and finally breaking through with two huge horses.
“I still cannot believe they ran 1-2,” he said. “Unfreakinbelievable! You can quote that, too.”
Kody now faces the enviable task of planning the 2019 seasons for Lookin at Nurey and Doubtful Trouble.
Several weeks before the Breeders’ Bowl, Kody had his first shocking Saturday when Lookin at Nurey won the Grade 1 Goody Good, and Doubtful Trouble won the Grade 1 Jockey Guild Gold Cup. The two horses seemed to share the same running style, and Kody was not sure if they would perform properly as an entry in the Classic.
In fact, in watching the race, this writer wondered if perhaps Lookin at Nurey had been sent to the lead. He had not. Both were on jockey select. Lookin at Nurey had rocketed to the lead on his own.
“He must have liked the off track to take off to the lead like that,” Kody said. “I could not decide on which I really liked better, so I left them alone. On fast dirt, I liked Doubtful Trouble better, but did not know what to think on the off track.”
The all-Kody exacta paid $630.
Kody’s remarkable training performance broke MTK’s two-year winning streak in the Classic. He settled for the show money when BUSINESS ETIQUETTE closed wildly in the stretch to get up for third.
The win by Lookin at Nurey capped a Classic double for his sire. Lookin at Lucky also is the sire of Accelerate, winner of the real-life race.