hooray for Harvey!

Theogony, a 2010 daughter of Curlin out of the Tale of the Cat mare Upcoming Story, has shown some promise on the racetrack.  She graduated in her third start, at the age of three, going a mile and a sixteenth over the Woodbine Polytrack.  She started a few more times at three, went away for nine months, and started three times last year.  Out of those starts, she won two, both going seven furlongs on the Polytrack at Woodbine.  It remains to be seen whether she will come back this year at five…but with three wins and a second in ten starts, Theogony showed that she could run.

Harvey is Theogony’s full brother.  He can run a little, too.

Harvey, a three-year-old colt, debuted on February 21 at Fair Grounds for Stonestreet Stables and trainer Bret Calhoun.  Stonestreet had clearly thought highly of him last year; he sold for $285,000 at the 2014 Barretts March sale of two-year-olds in training.  The race was a six-furlong maiden special weight over the dirt.  He was sent off the favourite, but bumped early.  He chased along, but crossed the wire third — no match for Yockey’s Warrior, who ran away to a 6 3/4 length victory.  Though he did not win, it was fine for a first effort, and left something to build on.  Curlin babies are not known for their precocity, and he stood to improve with a race or two under him.

He returned on March 21 in another race at the same level and distance.  The gates opened, and it looked like Harvey would never get a break.  Arctic Vortex bumped him coming out of the gate.  Still, Harvey got off with the main pack early — unlike Arctic Vortex, who trailed after he bumped Harvey.  He set three wide, stalking a length off of the duelling pair of Santorini Sky and Papa’smorninghumor.

Through the turn, Santorini Sky started to fade.  Papa’smorninghumor tried to stand his ground.  Harvey made his run.  Still three-wide, he edged ahead to take the lead, and had his nose in front once the field turned for home.  Papa’smorninghumor tried to keep pace, but Harvey was far too good.  He steadily opened up ground down the stretch, and crossed the wire five lengths clear of the game 29/1 shot Papa’smorninghumor.

Given his breeding, six furlongs may not be his limit.  He could well improve with more.  In addition to the distance influence from Curlin, his dam Upcoming Story was graded stakes placed at distances as long as a mile.  Theogony won at two turns.  This suggests he might stretch out very well.

No matter what his best distance ends up being, given how strong he looked dancing home down the stretch on Saturday, Harvey should be a fun horse to watch as he grows.

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