Gary Barber’s 3-year-old Florida-bred colt Coffee Boy posted an upset victory over multiple Graded stakes winner D’Funnybone in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) at Calder Casino & Race Course at the Summit of Speed on Saturday.
Trained by Marty Wolfson and ridden by jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, Coffee Boy won the prep race for the Carry Back, the Unbridled Stakes, at Calder on June 12. In the Carry Back, Coffee Boy tracked the leaders in the compact four-horse field and came up on the rail in the stretch to catch D’Funnybone and defeat his rival by a length.
Coffee Boy ran the six furlongs in 1:11.55. Peace At Dawn finished third, with Dream of Atlantis completing the field. Bernie the Maestro was scratched and there was no show or trifecta wagering. Coffee Boy returned $10.80 and $2.10 to his backers and earned $124,000 for his victory.
Winning trainer quotes:
Marty Wolfson — “We decided to change tactics a little today. He ran a good race last time, but I thought they were up a little too close to a 44 and 4/5 pace. Jermaine (Bridgmohan) rode a great race today. He was patient and never came off the rail. He’ll most likely go on the road next, probably Saratoga, but Gary Barber (owner) is from California and he might want to run him out there, which would be fine.”
Winning jockey’s quotes:
Jermaine Bridgmohan – “We were fortunate enough to be sitting in a perfect spot going down the backstretch. I knew I had a lot of horse around the turn, so it was just a matter of whether or not we could run down the leader. The rail opened up and when I asked him for more he fired up in there.”
Edgar Prado (D’Funnybone) – “No excuses, he ran his race. We were sitting forwardly placed, made our move around the turn into the lead and in the stretch he kicked on for me. The other horse just had a little more than we did at the end of it.”