Super Chow leads the way into the turn in the Bowman Mill (Keeneland Photo)
Son of Lord Nelson Provides Jorge Delgado With First Keeneland Win
By Amber Joyce
LEXINGTON, Ky.— Lea Farms, LLC’s Super Chow found another gear when defeating a slew of fellow juvenile colts and geldings in the six-furlong $200,000 Bowman Mill Saturday at Keeneland.
Breaking smoothly from post position five, Super Chow found himself in a scramble early, three of his five rivals showing speed right from the gate. He soon moved up outside of horses, darting by undefeated stakes winner Sir Lancelot and 43-1 longshot Jeremy’s Jet to grab the lead. Running the opening quarter in 22.50 uncontested, Super Chow held a length advantage over Sir Lancelot.
Entering the stretch through a half in a swift 46.27, jockey Chantal Sutherland asked her steed for more and he responded, holding off the meager challenges of Bourbon Bash and Sir Lancelot. An eighth of a mile from the finish, Super Chow led by two, then three lengths, his leading margin extending with each stride. Crossing the wire five lengths ahead of his nearest opponent, he stopped the clock in 1:12.06. Five-eighths went in 58.69.
Bourbon Bash, last away after being off a step slow, was second best. Raise Cain came on the grab third. A tiring Sir Lancelot settled for fourth, Jeremy’s Jet and Quick Hammer (who had to steady early) was last. Recent Keeneland allowance winner Hurricane J was scratched.
At final odds of 4-1, Super Chow returned $10.96, $4.76, and $3.22 for his winning effort. Bourbon Bash returned $5.38 and $3.24, while Raise Cain paid $3.16 for show. The exacta rewarded bettors with $20.71.
For Jorge Delgado, who trains Super Chow, his colt’s performance in the Bowman Mill was special, being his very first win at Keeneland from two starts. “Very nice, very nice (to get my first win in my second start at Keeneland). We’re very happy,” Delgado said after the race.
Chantal Sutherland was also happy with the performance, despite initial concerns in the early stages of the race. “The first part I was a little concerned, like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re going a little quick. Is he going to hold on and last?’”
“Not only did he last, he kept on accelerating. He was impressive for me today,” Sutherland said. “I rode him his first start and that was impressive, but he’s really matured and obviously (trainer Jorge) Delgado and his team have done an amazing job. I’m so lucky to ride him.”
When it comes to the future of Super Chow, Sutherland has high hopes. “I think we’re going to see more amazing things from this horse.”
Prior to the Bowman Mill, Super Chow boasted a dominant wire-to-wire performance in an allowance optional claiming at Pimlico. That race came nearly a month after a distance third-place finish in the G2 Saratoga Special, behind Damon’s Mound and Gulfport. Super Chow has now won three of his four starts, including an impressive debut score at Gulfstream Park. Thus far, he has earned $205,850.
Bred by Spendthrift Farm, Super Chow is by the late Lord Nelson and is out of the unraced Warrior’s Reward mare Bonita Mia.
Super Chow was acquired for $75,000 by his owner at the 2022 OBS April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. As a yearling in 2021, he was purchased for $70,000 by Eisaman Equine at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Select Yearling Sale.
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