By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Apollo Sky romped to a 7 Furlongs gate to wire victory on Sunday afternoon at the Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay in the Pre August Festival races, before a sparse crowd of loyal fans in attendance.
“It was an easy run away victory. I’ve been waiting for it all day,” stated Enos Aaron of the Boys Stables. “Apollo is feeling good. We keep him happy. And, once we keep him happy, he’s ready to go. He didn’t do anything today. That was like a gallop for him—no competition—nobody tried to come and test him.”
The horse from the Boys Stables ran his signature race leading from the front to win by three lengths over Starship Titan, after covering the race in one minute 29.4, to claim the Lion’s share of the $5000 purse. They were followed by Town Hall, who returned to the track for the first time on more than a year off. Exploring was scratched.
Aaron declared his horse ready to battle for the Premier’s Cup. “Tell the Premier to dress in red and white because the race is from the front. We’re going to have on our red and white and it’s going to be one big party like it’s Valentine, but it will be for the Premier’s Cup.”
With Luxury Appeal scratched, the fourth race produced the day’s drama. Prince of Speed was backed into the gate, then when the race was about to start riled up in the gate, threw off his jockey and along with debutant Wrol Up as well, broke the gate. Prince of Speed ran around the track twice. When officials tried to stop him, he turned and ran in the in the opposite direction before he was finally stopped and was eventually scratched.
The race became a match race between Wrol and Trading Secrets. Trading stayed off the pace then came charging off the top of the stretch for two and a half lengths victory in the One Mile race for Class B horses, winning in 1:48.2.
The card opened with Orithyia besting Power Ten and LB Thunder, over 6 Furlongs, winning the $3000 race in one minute 19 and 4/5.
Meddling Birdie was the winner in the $3500 One Mile race for Class D horses, finishing ahead of Southern Dunn and Mark It A Wynn, getting to the line first in 1:50.4.
Bitter Sweet Dreams ran away from the field in the first One Mile Race for Class C Horses and posted a winning time of 1:49.4, ahead of Buy Buy Buy. Yes by Eric and Kiton rounded out the field in the $4,000 run.