In a year that has been nothing short of amazing for trainer Brad Cox, a magnificent gray steed by the name of Leofric further validated his trainer’s rising name in becoming his second G1 winner and potential next star in a barn that continues to blossom under the leadership of Cox.
In a year that has brought a milestone 1,000 wins, much glory has been crowned on a very special filly by the name of Monomoy Girl, but in a journey of patience, diligence, and discernment – a barn favorite has had his redeeming moment that may forever change his career.
As a well priced, regally-bred son of Candy Ride, Leofric’s rise has taken time and patience. Unraced at 2 and not a winner until the age of 4 – at age 5, the imposing grey seems to be just beginning to take flight, elevating himself to a level that has long been awaited.
Coming off of a win in the G2 Haygard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland and a 3rd place finish in his lone G1 attempt prior in the Woodward, Leofric and Florent Geroux teamed up to defeat an arsenal of respected competitors in the historic G1 Clark Handicap under the Twinspires of Churchill Downs.
In the wake of Breeders’ Cup glory seen there just weeks before, Leofric stalked a perfect trip and rallied impressively to defeat the gritty Bravazo, defending champ Seeking the Soul, and the respected Prime Attraction in a fashion that demanded attention.
Setting a triple digit Beyer Speed Figure, claiming his first G1, and improving his consistent record to 8 wins in 14 starts, it is not often that a horse begins to blossom at his mature age.
While a few possible starts are in question for the gray, may the Pegasus World Cup be on the horizon for a warrior awaiting his perfect conquest?
Time will tell, but watch for the knightly name of Leofric…there is more to be seen.