GOING WILD SHOWS PAST CLASS
WITH PREMIERE BREEDERS CUP WIN
Date Posted: 9/27/2008 12:58:22 PM
Going Wild with Antonio Lopez Castanon on-board for this third staaight win.
Photo by Bill Pitt, Jr.HOBBS, NM—SEPTEMBER 14, 2008—R.D. Hubbard’s GOING WILD, a competitor in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, showed his past class while racing to his third-straight win in the $150,000 Premiere Breeders Cup Handicap over six furlongs at Zia Park on Sunday afternoon.
The victory continued a hot streak for Hubbard. Over Labor Day weekend he won four stakes at Ruidoso Downs, including the Zip Pocket Handicap with GOING WILD.
His quarter horses were the biggest winners. Noconi won the Grade 1, $1 million All American Derby, champion Ketel Won captured the All American Gold Cup and Tricky Dust won the Brigand Handicap.
Jockey Antonio Castanon allowed GOING WILD to settle from the outside post position in the seven-horse field. He then circled the field and rallied to get the win by a half length over Sing Baby Sing, the 2-1 second choice Wind Water, the 8-5 favorite, was another half length back for third.
GOING WILD raced the six furlongs in 1:10 1/5.
“We were hoping that there would be speed and it would set up for him and that’s what happened,” Hubbard said.
At three, GOING WILD was one the Kentucky Derby trial with a win in the Sham Stakes and a second in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes, each at Santa Anita Park. He was then off the board in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, Grade 2 Lexington Stakes, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and the Grade 1 Preakness.
This summer at Ruidoso Downs, the son of Golden Missile won the $50,000 Free Spirit Handicap and the Zip Pocket, an overnight stakes. He was stepping up in class off those races for the Premiere Breeders Cup Handicap.
“This is a past class horse, so in that respect it’s a class drop. It just depends on how you look at it,” said trainer Bart Hone. “He has been training really well and is in excellent form.”