The horse with the unusual name has
already attracted a national following and the membership in Purple Egg’s fan
club could soon be getting bigger.
undefeated 2-year-old son of Lion Heart has passed both of his tests so far
with flying colors. An eye-popping victory in a maiden special weight at
Monmouth Park on August 23 by 4 ¾ lengths was followed by a 6 ¾ length triumph
when he raced his next condition in a non-winners of one other than allowance
race at Parx Racing on September 15.
two-for-two and we’d like to bring him along in graded stakes company next,”
said Margo Flynn, the vice president of marketing and publicity at Tampa Bay
Downs and one of the horse’s seven owners comprising the Goodwood Racing
Partnership II. “We’re looking at the Nashua
(a grade 2 at Aqueduct on November 4) at a flat mile or the Iroquois, which is
a grade 3 (at Churchill Downs also at one mile).”
Iroquois is traditionally run on the opening day of Churchill’s fall meet
(October 28) and the card, which features juveniles of both genders, is billed
as “The Stars of Tomorrow.” Purple Egg has so far given every indication that
he belongs in that cast.
(Lopez, who has ridden him in both races) got off him at Parx, he told us that
the horse is really getting the hang of it and had improved significantly from
his first race,” Flynn said. “He won by almost seven (lengths) under a hand
his maiden score, trainer Jane Cibelli twice sent him to the races and twice he
had to be scratched. His list of transgressions includes rearing up, dumping
his rider, running off, and leading the outriders on a merry chase each time while
continually eluding them. Then there was the matter of trying to savage the
pony sent with him to calm him before his last false start.
“We had no
choice but to geld him. The third time he went over was going to be ‘make or
break’ for him and he made it,” Flynn explained. “After he was gelded his whole
temperament changed. He went from being mean and nippy in the barn to being
nuzzly and nice to be around.”
Egg’s pre-gelded antics attracted considerable attention in the social media universe.
After he fired off those two stunning performances, his legend went viral.
have been commenting all over the message boards,” said Flynn. “He does have a
following and it’s growing.”
So are the
offers to purchase Purple Egg but so far he’s staying in Cibelli’s barn.
we’re going to have a really strong 3-year-old campaign with him,” said Flynn.
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