Foaled, Raised & Sold Bo Cruz Shines in TDN “Rising Star” Performance

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Bo Cruz, away since a 12 1/4-length maiden romp on the stretch out at Fair Grounds Mar. 4, stamped himself as one to watch on the sophomore scene going forward–and a ‘TDN Rising Star’–as he easily handled a strong-looking group of runners in the race following the GI Kentucky Derby.

The grey was second on debut sprinting in NOLA Feb. 5, but put it all together next out, earning a 91 Beyer Speed Figure for his graduation score. With clocker and agent Bruno DeJulio listed as sole owner for the colt’s prior starts, Bo Cruz resurfaced here with Skyscraper Racing, Brian Pagano and Patrick Grippo added to the owner line.

Off at 7-2 as big-figure Keeneland debut winner Equivoque took the most tote attention, Bo Cruz immediately seized command and cleared off by several lengths, posting splits of :24.11 and :47.96. Equivoque ranged up outside of another pursuer to try and make a race of it heading for home, but Bo Cruz had other ideas, slamming the door shut in midstretch and quickly widening his advantage to score by an auspicious three lengths in 1:43.07.

Classic Legacy, the half-brother to Grade 1 winner Art Collector who was third last time in the GIII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, completed the trifecta.

Bred by Douglas Scharbauer the son of Creative Cause – Quick Breeze was foaled, raised and sold by Hidden Brook Farm at the 2021 Keeneland September sale. Quick Breeze is a half-sister to 2017 GI Preakness S. winner Cloud Computing.

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