Back-to-back stakes wins for Nimitz Class (Maryland Jockey Club)
Maryland Jockey Club Press Release
LAUREL, Md.— Thomas Coulter’s Nimitz Class won his second consecutive stakes race Saturday when he put away Ain’t Da Beer Cold entering the stretch and drove away to a 4 ½-length victory in the $100,000 John B. Campbell.
Claimed for $40,000 in October, Nimitz Class ($5.60) has now won three of his last four starts for trainer Bruce Kravets. A 4-year-old colt by Munnings ridden by Jevian Toledo, Nimitz Class covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.29.
Nimitz Class broke on top out of the gate and matched strides with Ain’t Da Beer Cold around the first turn and down the backstretch past fractions of :24.10, :47.82 and 1:11.84. But the colt started to get away from his challenger entering the stretch and had plenty left to hold off Ournationonparade, who got up for the place.
Nimitz Class has now won seven of 13 starts for nearly $300,000.
John B. Campbell was a renowned handicapper and racing secretary for four decades until his death at age 77 in 1954, including old Bowie Race Course in 1952-53, perhaps best known for the triple dead heat for win he weighted in the 1944 Carter Handicap.