TRAINER C.R. TROUT WINS HIS 16TH OKLAHOMA CLASSICS RACE WITH BOOM BABY FLATS IN THE JUVENILE
Boom Baby Flats was a bitter disappointment when he ran a soundly beaten fourth at 1-5 odds last time out, but there is something magical about Oklahoma Classics Night for owner-trainer-breeder C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla.
In his third start lifetime, this 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelded son of Flat Out, from the Violence mare Va Va Va Boombaby, Boom Baby Flats figured it all out. He came from well off the pace in seventh early on, to pass more than half the field for the victory. His burst in late stretch made him a winner by 2-3/4 lengths at 16-1 odds for Trout and jockey Jose Alvarez. Those odds are almost unheard of on a horse running on Oklahoma Classics Night for Trout, who won for the 16th time overall in this series. Only one other trainer here has won more Classics races – Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer Donnie Von Hemel, who has now won 31 Classics events.
“Yeah, it’s been a long time since one of my horses went off at those odds on Classics Night,” Trout said with a laugh.
He explained how his maiden had run such a poor race as the odds-on favorite on Oct. 7, beaten 5-1/4 lengths.
“You know, I knew he had a lot of talent, but he just hasn’t been able to get it till tonight,” Trout said.
Trout owns, trains and bred Boom Baby Flats.
The winner rewarded those who kept the faith in him by paying $35.40 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.40 to show. The 1-9 favorite in this Classics Juvenile, Power Slam, got up for second place after drifting out to the middle of the stretch and giving up ground while finishing 1-1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Devious Dennis (21-1).
Boom Baby Flats earned $45,600 for his first victory and now stands at three races, one win and one third for a bankroll of $54,290. This was Alvarez’s second Classics victory as he also took the 2021 Classics Distaff Turf aboard Sunday Flashback for Trout.
“He done good,” said Alvarez. “I really thought we would catch them. I thank C.R. for letting me ride this one and he just told me to try to do my best.”
The winning time for Boom Baby Flats was 1:12.47 for six furlongs on the fast track and he cut into interior fractions of :22.42 for the first quarter-mile, :45.89 for the half and :58.71 for five eighths. The first quarter split was set by pace-setter Cielo’s Knight who gave way to Power Slam at the half-mile mark.
The completed finish for the Classics Juvenile was:
Okie Smoke (49-1) fourth, Cielo’s Knight (8-1) fifth, Mortify (27-1) sixth, Buckin Again (30-1) seventh, R D C Posse (39-1) eighth, Precious Cargo (89-1) ninth and C B’s Flat Out (27-1) 10th.
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