Junior Alvarado guides Olympiad to victory within the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs
Olympiad is about to move again to his summer season residence of Saratoga within the coming days after his spectacular 2 ¼-length rating in $750,000 Stephen Foster (G2) Saturday at Churchill Downs
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable, and LNJ Foxwoods, Olympiad recorded his fifth-consecutive victory together with his win within the Stephen Foster.
The gifted 4-year-old son of Speightstown was doing nicely Sunday morning, in accordance with Mott’s longtime assistant Kenny McCarthy.
Olympiad was stabled subsequent to fellow Saratoga-based shipper Cody’s Wish, who will begin in $175,000 Hanshin Stakes at Churchill. Both colts are slated to van again to Saratoga after Monday’s card.
Mott reported Olympiad is more likely to goal the Aug. 6 Whitney (G1) as his subsequent begin.
“The goal is to get him a Grade 1 win,” Mott stated. “We’ve always thought about running him in the Whitney. So I’d say that would be the next likely target.”
The victory within the Stephen Foster, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” qualifier, earned Olympiad a assured spot within the beginning gate for the $6 million Longines Classic (GI), which is scheduled for November 5 at Keeneland
Olympiad earned a stout 109 Brisnet Speed Rating, the best ranking of a Stephen Foster winner since Noble Bird recorded the identical determine in 2015. Olympiad’s Stephen Foster was the quickest Brisnet Speed Rating of his profession.
The Stephen Foster ended its 17-year run as Grade 1 race in 2019. In the final 10 years, the winners of the Stephen Foster have received or positioned in 28 Grade 1 races (not together with their wins within the Foster). Some of the highest horses of the final decade which have received the Stephen Foster embrace Maxfield, Ron the Greek, Seeking the Soul, Tom’s d’Etat, and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner.