Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC’s Indiana-bred Bucchero became a graded stakes winner on Saturday as he scored a 26-1 upset in the Grade 2, $200,000 Woodford Stakes presented by Keeneland Select at Keeneland Race Course. Ridden by Fernando De La Cruz, the son of Kantharos won by 1 ¾ lengths in a time of 1:03.06 for 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.
The 5-year-old came into the race after winning the $105,600 Brickyard Stakes at Indiana Grand on the main track against Indiana-breds. Bucchero ran 11th in last year’s Woodford Stakes after also winning the Brickyard. The result this time, however, was much different.
“(It was) mainly the timing between races, and he was doing really, really well,” said trainer Tim Glyshaw about switching the horse back over to the turf. “(Bucchero ran in this race last year) and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed (finishing 11th). He drew the one (post) and had to go and had the lead until the top of the stretch. Today we made to a plan to sit off of Greg’s horse (Latent Revenge, trained by Greg Foley) and everything just worked.”
Bucchero now has a record of 22-9-6-1 with earnings of $638,366.