Chasing Tail Wins Kentucky Futurity
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Chasing Tail raced to a 10-length victory Saturday in the $460,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile.
Driver John Campbell picked up his fifth Futurity victory and trainer Chuck Sylvester won his sixth Futurity. Both men trail Ben White, who trained and drove seven Futurity winners in the 1920s and 1930s.
Irving Liverman of Montreal, one of the owners of Chasing Tail, is also part-owner of Friday’s Filly Futurity champion Victory My Way, the first time that has has ever occurred.
Chasing Tail won his elimination heat by 2 3/4 lengths over Dreamland’s Chip and Norvelous Hanover in 1:53 1-5 as prerace favorite SJ’s Caviar finished fourth. Diamond Goal took the second heat in 1:54 4-5 by three-quarters of a length over Lavecster and CR Kinetic.
Lavecster, who finished third in the final, was driven by Brooke Nichols, the first woman ever to drive in the Futurity, which was raced for the 109th time this year.
``Chuckie and I expected this kind of effort all year, but he’s disappointed us so many times,″ Campbell said. ``I was basically parked the whole mile, but this horse has a tremendous burst of speed when he’s not used early.″
The two wins more than doubled Chasing Tail’s earnings this season. The son of Donerail, from the Bonefish mare Victorious Tail, picked up $138,000 to add to his earlier 2001 winnings of $79,800. He had won only three times in seven starts prior to his Futurity sweep.
Chasing Tail is owned by Canadians Al Libfeld, who bred him, Liverman, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.