Trainer Bob Hess Jr. clearly knew he had something special in his two-year-old Boys at Tosconova to debut him in front of a record Kentucky Oaks-day crowd in the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs. But watching the longshot’s considerably rattled nerves – not surprising for an unraced horse who was seeing and hearing 116,000+ people all at once – in the warm-up, I could only think that jockey Kent Desormeaux had a few unkind thoughts towards his agent for getting him that mount. I took this photo before the race:
|Boys at Tosconova prior to the Kentucky Juvenile S. on April 30, 2010.|
Sadly for Hess, who purchased the son of Officer for $35,000 as a yearling, and Desormeaux, after the second-place effort here a 75% interest in the colt was sold to Jay Em Ess, for whom he broke his maiden at Belmont by 12 lengths and won the Hopeful S.-G1 at Saratoga today for trainer/jockey team Rick Dutrow Jr. and Ramon Dominguez.