Flashers back on Hot Rod Charlie for BC Classic
After running without blinders in his last two races and wandering the stretch, Hot Rod Charlie will wear the gear again during the $ 6million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on November 6 in Del Mar.
This summer, Monmouth Park the stewards disqualified Hot Rod Charlie from first and placed him last for interference in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) on July 17th. He drifted inward in the stretch of this race and Midnight Bourbon heels cut off and unhooked his jumper. Then on his subsequent start in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx Racing September 25, Hot Rod Charlie finished second Midnight Bourbon approach the head of the section. The stewards cleared the result after a fault claim and investigation.
Coach Doug O’Neill removed the blinders from the Oxbow 3 years after a second place behind Essential quality in the June 5 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), in search of more competitiveness. He received it, but with the side effect of the 3-year-old not staying directly under jockey Flavien Prat, who first rode Hot Rod Charlie when he was third aboard him in the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) to Churchill Downs.
“This is something that after the Pennsylvania Derby Flavien Prat – who is just an amazing rider and knows Hot Rod Charlie so well – suggested that the Coupe de France blinders would benefit him,” O ‘said. Neill. “He’s worn them in the past. He can walk around and see things sometimes. So that little set of blinders will kind of help him stay a little more focused. He’s worn them on a bunch. So that. shouldn’t be. a problem, one way or another. “
Hot Rod Charlie, owned by Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and Bill Strauss, made his first three starts without blinders before adding them and breaking his young daughter with the equipment last October. He then wore them for six consecutive races, lasting through the Belmont.
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On Saturday he will wear Coupe de France blinders, as he did earlier in his career, O’Neill said. French Cup blinders have small pieces of plastic on each side that limit peripheral vision.