Izzy Speaking backed up a win in an off-the-turf sprint on June 15 with a one-length, 18-1 upset in Saturday's Da Hoss Stakes over a mile of turf at Colonial Downs.
Izzy Speaking ($38), under Rosemary Homeister Jr., saved ground early, was eased out entering the stretch, and had to steady in traffic near the three-sixteenths pole. He then closed between horses, before pulling clear from Jungle Fighter.
Jungle Fighter, who had disputed the early pace with Hesa Big Star, finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of 2-1 favorite Auction Watch, who stalked the pace but flattened in the stretch. Hesa Big Star faded to seventh at the finish.
Izzy Speaking, a 4-year-old gelded son of Partner's Hero out of Moonshine Run by Go For Gin, covered the mile on good turf in 1:38.04. It was his first victory on grass and fifth win from 14 career starts for owner-trainer Hamilton Smith.
Va-bred multiple stakes winner Frisky Thunder (Braeburn Farm) was fourth beaten a head for third.
Yesterday’s crowd numbered 2,443. On-track wagering was $140,730 and total handle was $873,821.
To read the article about the race in the Daily Press, click here.
(Photo by Coady Photography)