Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Double Crown notched his second stakes victory of the year as he lived up to his 3-5 favoritism in the $75,000 Carry Back Stakes on Saturday, July 4 at Gulfstream Park.
Coming off a strong win in the Roar Stakes in May, Double Crown broke quickly to the front of the pack before settling into fourth on the outside of stablemate, and fellow Maryland-bred, Ournationonparade. Off fractions of :22.59 and :45.42, Double Crown made his move to the front and continued down the stretch, outlasting a late challenge from With Verve to win by three-quarters of a length.
The Kathy Ritvo trainee finished the seven-furlong sprint in 1:22.37. The race fit as the perfect step-up from his previous start, where he captured his stakes debut in the Roar by a half-length when getting six and a half furlongs in 1:16.57.
“He’s tough. He has just enough speed to stay off the pace early and he closes well,” said Dean Reeves, who owns the 3-year-old gelding with his wife Patti.
Both Double Crown and Ournationonparade were purchased by Reeves following their 1-2 finish in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Laurel Park last September. The pair have since competed against each other in a Gulfstream Park allowance, where Double Crown managed to finish second despite being impeded by Ournationonparade after he lost his rider, and the Roar, where Ournationonparade finished fourth.
Double Crown’s record now stands at 3-1-0 from four career starts, with $130,365 earned.
A son of Anchor and Hope Farm’s Bourbon Courage, the bay gelding was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Rebecca Davis. His dam Two Columbus, a daughter of Two Punch who earned $149,281, has produced five foals, with three winners from four starters. The family traces back to the marvelous producer Avie, dam of champion Lord Avie.
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