Sire: Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat)
Dam: Symbol of Freedom (Tapit)
Foaled: May 5, 2015
Breeder: Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc.
Restoring Hope: The ‘other’ Bob Baffert in the lineup, he will run uncoupled from ballyhooed barnmate Justify. This colt hinted at huge talent this spring, but disappointed in the Wood Memorial and Pat Day Mile. The Belmont Stakes seems an awfully odd placement, but owners Gary and Mary West are optimists on the big stages. He’s bred for the trip, and a maternal grandson of Tapit, whose success at Belmont includes siring 3 of the last 4 winners. This seems like way too much to ask, but if Restoring Hope was to develop later this year like Arrogate or West Coast have in the past around Travers time, that would not be a total stunner. His best running style is to press the pace, and it will be curious how he is ridden if Justify is the lone target in front of him.
|May 5, 2018||Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3)||Churchill Downs||12th|
|April 7, 2018||Wood Memorial (G2)||Aqueduct||3rd|
|February 2, 2018||Maiden||Santa Anita||1st|
|December 20, 2017||Maiden||Santa Anita||3rd|
|December 17, 2017||Maiden||Los Alamitos Thoroughbred||2nd|