• The week’s top Beyer speed figure in North America
Keeneland (Oct 10): allowance race $71,000, 6f, dirt, 3yo+
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana
Owner: CHC Inc. & WinStar Farm
Pedigree: 3yo bc Speightstown – Veronique (Mizzen Mast)
No sooner does one star dirt sprinter get retired through injury than another one comes along. Well, potentially at least.
G1-winning sprinter Volatile broke a bone in his leg last month, robbing trainer Steve Asmussen of a likely favourite at the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
That sort of competition will come too soon for Nashville, but Asmussen will surely now be stepping up his sights markedly after the son of Speightstown followed up a runaway debut victory with more of the same at the next level at Keeneland.
This was all fairly straightforward. Sent off 1-2 favourite, Nashville made all – blitzing out of the gate to the extent that he was six lengths clear after two furlongs. “Romped with ease” reads the Equibase tracknote after a 9¾-length victory in a final time of 1.09.10s.
The colt also made all on last month’s Saratoga debut, where he scored by 11½ lengths. Again, Nashville was odds-on in an uncompetitive four-runner affair but it is hard to quibble with a cumulative winning margin of over 21 lengths after just two outings.
Even more notable last week in Beyers terms was the 100 achieved by Jackie’s Warrior in his bloodless Champagne Stakes victory. This was the first three-digit Beyer for any two-year-old in 2020; next best is 95 – achieved by the same horse in his previous G1 win at Saratoga.
No wonder he’ll be a hot favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s also trained by Steve Asmussen.
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