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Pirates Deputy captures Gottstein


October 3, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Auburn, WA (September 30, 2006) - Pirates Deputy won the first race of his career Saturday at Emerald Downs and the gelding made it a good one, the 69th running of the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity.

The 2-year-old son of Bertrando, trained by Aubrey Villyard, finished second to stable mate Wild Cycle in the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup Lads Stakes Sept. 2, but the gelding turned the tables in the final stakes event of the 2006 racing season, contested at the distance of 1 1/16th mile.

The 2-1 race favorite Pirates Deputy, with Nat Chaves in the irons, made a clean break from the eighth post, but Honour the West, running from the two post, stumbled a few jumps out of the gate and unseated rider Ben Russell, who was not injured. The rider-less gelding ran near the front going into the clubhouse turn before moving to the outside.

Wild Cycle, with Juan Gutierrez in the irons, took the lead with Liberty for Al in hot pursuit.

Chaves allowed Pirates Deputy to settle behind Wild Cycle as he set quarter-mile fractions of 22 2/5 seconds and 47 seconds in the half mile. Coming into the far turn Chaves let Pirates Deputy take the lead.
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My horse really handled this race well," Chaves said "He pulled me to the lead and coming for home he gave me everything he had."

At the head of the stretch, Pirates Deputy moved four lengths ahead and held off Wild Cycle and Templeton for the win at the wire, finishing the race in 1:42 1/5.

Pirates Deputy paid 6.20, $3, $3.20. Wild Cycle returned $4 and $3.40 for second and Templeton brought in $4.40 for third.

Trainer Grant Forster said Honour the West was checked out by a veterinarian and the gelding came out of the race without injury.