Trainer Chad Brown will debut regally bred Vintage Print in Saturday’s seventh race – a one-mile maiden special weight for 2-year-olds over the Belmont Park main track.
Owned by Larry Best’s OXO Equine, the bay son of Curlin is the first offspring out of the Grade 1 winning Ghostzapper broodmare Molly Morgan. He was hammered down for $1.8 million at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale as the fourth largest purchase at the auction, where he was consigned by Summerfield.
“He just was the type of horse that got better and better every time you saw him,” said Summerfield’s Francis Vanlangendonck.
“We knew he would be popular. The big thing that got people onto him was the way he handled everything. When they get in the back ring, there’s a lot going on and nothing seemed to bother him. He got shown so many times a day and never backed out. Larry told me that was a big thing for him; he just took it in and loved it. For a lot of those yearlings, it’s tough. You’re shown three or four times, they get tired and grouchy.”
Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Vintage Print recently worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 over the Belmont Park main track on September 28.
“The first time I saw him was in May of his yearling year,” Vanlangendonck said.
“They prepped him at Stonestreet and he was a nice horse the first time I saw him. I saw him again in July and September and he just seemed to develop and get better and better.”
Vintage Print will break from post 3 under jockey Manny Franco.
From: NYRA Press Release
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