a gutsy run from Copperplate

On April 24, Copperplate (Verdana Bold, by Rahy) posted his last win: an authoritative two-length score in a five and a half furlong dash at Indiana Grand, against $25,000 N2L company.  Since then, he tried allowance-optional company, twice on the dirt and twice on the turf.  After finishing off the board in all four of those starts, maybe he needed a change.

He got a few.  The four-year-old gelding went to Canada, moved from the barn of Susan Anderson to that of Daniel Vella, and gave the polytrack a try for the first time.

The changes must have agreed with him.

Though Curlin, of course, did not race his best over an all-weather surface, there was some suggestion underneath that Copperplate could wake up at Woodbine.  Verdana Bold won a pair of stakes races at Woodbine during her three-year-old year, the Star Shoot Stakes and then the Selene Stakes (GIII – CAN).  Though the Selene covered a route of ground, the Star Shoot was a six-furlong sprint.  As both of Copperplates wins going into today had come at five and a half panels, a sprint was a logical place to start.

Tonight, Copperplate ran his first race at Woodbine.  The race, the third of the night, was a six-furlong polytrack sprint against $40,000/N3L optional claiming company.

Copperplate came well out of the gate, and made it to the lead in short order.  Really Sharp tried to dog him early, but Copperplate outran his challenge.  He hardly got a breather.  As Really Sharp began to lose ground, Call Me Wally got up to press Copperplate.  Call Me Wally got head-and-head with Copperplate turning for home, but the son of Curlin got his neck back in front.  Call Me Wally kept trying, but Copperplate kept fighting.  Call Me Wally inched ahead, threatening to pass, but he and Copperplate were head-and-head by the time the field hit the wire.

Copperplate got the nod.

The game chestnut gelding is now three-for-sixteen lifetime, with a win each on turf, dirt, and now polytrack.  With this nice race on the polytrack under his belt, it would make sense if his connections kept him up at Woodbine to see where he can step ahead from here.

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