Klaravich Stables’ Early Voting earned 10 points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby series following his commanding 4 1/2-length romp in the $250,000 Withers S. (G3) at Aqueduct on Feb. 5. The Chad Brown trainee led in gate-to-wire fashion in completing the 1 1/8 miles on a muddy main oval in 1:55.90 under the guidance of Jose Ortiz. Un Ojo, Gilded Age, and Grantham completed the top four and also garnered qualifying points (4-2-1).
Dan Stupp, the assistant trainer to Brown, stated, “He's a horse that's going to progress with each race. Each race is going to propel him, and we've seen that in the morning with him. He was very impressive in his works. Especially, in his last two works leading up to this. He's an exciting horse and I was really ready to see him run today. I think he'll move forward nicely in his three-year-old year.”
Early Voting debuted on Dec. 18 at Aqueduct in a maiden special weight test and delivered a 1 1/2-length victory while going a one-turn mile. The sophomore upped his career earnings to $181,500 after recording his initial stakes tally.
The son of Gun Runner was bred in the Bluegrass State by Three Chimneys Farm and fetched a bid of $200,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He is the first stakes winner produced from the unraced Tiznow mare Amour d’Ete, who counts herself as a half-sister to champion sprinter and prominent sire Speightstown, and a full-sister to multiple graded stakes victor Irap. This is the same female line as Canadian champion Silken Cat.
Early Voting has earned Brisnet Speed figures of 86 and 91 from his two races, and the colt appears to have an especially bright future. He is bred to be a really good one, and the dark bay already has two route races to his credit.
The $300,000 Gotham S. (G3) on March 5, and the $750,000 Wood Memorial S. (G2) on April 9, are two potential targets for the exciting prospect.