In a heartwarming test of emotional and physical strength, Greyvitos won the 2017 Springboard Mile in a time of 1:37.14 on Sunday, December 17th. The grey dazzled by storming to the lead and dominating down the homestretch to win by 2 ¼ lengths over some hefty competition. This was the first year that the Springboard Mile was included as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, and now we have a bonafide contender coming out of the west coast who has overcome many obstacles to get here.
Longshot Major Brown took the field out and around the backstretch with fractions of :23.51 and :47.16. He was matched stride for stride by Redatory, who had closed as an 8⁄1 outsider despite being one of the better rated horses. Not wishing to waste time, Greyvitos made an early move at the quarter-pole while clocking a time of 1:11.71 as he took complete command of the race, striding elegantly to finish first in the 2017 Springboard Mile.
This colt out of Malibu Moon was an emotional pick after surviving the fires that have been spreading through Southern California all month long. San Luis Rey Training Center reported a of several horses to the unexpected fires, so this 2017 Springboard Mile win was as much about giving his home barn hope as it was about establishing himself on the Derby trail.
With the win, Greyvitos paid out $8.00, $3.80 and $3.40 across the board. Combatant went out as the favorite with 2⁄1 odds and finished second with $3.40 and $2.80. The big surprise on the day was Kingsville, an 86⁄1 longshot who finished third and paid out a strong $19.00 to show.
"When you have a horse like this, with a small barn, there’s a lot of pressure," said trainer Adam Kitchingman, who was fully aware how capable his horse is and how much a victory would mean to the horsemen of Southern California due to the the fires.
Greyvitors earned 10 points on the Derby trail and won so convincingly that it’s impossible not to keep an eye on him as we head through the 2018 Santa Anita Derby.
However, Kitchingman made no promises as to what the future may hold for his two-year-old colt. "We’ll back off a little bit. I can’t imagine running until February. Now is the time to give him a rest, because in his 3-year-old year, the races are only going to get tougher."
If you are a fan fo Greyvitos, be sure to follow his journey to the Santa Anita Derby and hopefully a start in the Kentucky Derby. You can always back Greyvitos with a bet on TwinSpires.