Cherokee's Boy rises at Laurel

Horse Racing

March 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

ZWP Stable's Cherokee's Boy jumped on the Triple Crown trail by trouncing a small field of Maryland-bred rivals in the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park.

Sent to the post as the 1-2 choice under apprentice Ryan Fogelsonger, Cherokee's Boy tracked pacesetter Brush Ahead through easy opening fractions before passing him around the far turn and easing to victory.

The bay son of Citidancer completed the 8 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute 46.35 seconds - 7 1/2 lengths ahead of a late closing Foufa's Warrior. Brush Ahead was third.

Fogelsonger said Cherokee's Boy was an easy ride. "He's the type of horse who will pick it up every step of the way. ... He let me stay nice and close. I hit him once or twice and he just shot away."

Trained by Gary Capuano, Cherokee's Boy is following the same campaign as Magic Weisner, who won the Goss Stryker and Deputed Testamony a year ago before bursting onto the national scene with runner-up finishes in the Preakness and Travers Stakes.

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