Dare To Dream Stable’s New York Bred gelding, Fun Guy, took a bite out of the Big Apple in breaking his maiden by open lengths in a NY Bred Maiden 1 1/16 mile grass race at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 12, 2017 in race #8. Fun Guy was coming off a pretty good effort in his previous start against open company at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans last month and the connections were expecting him to build off that effort in this contest. The spunky mighty-mite did not disappoint! With jockey Eric Cancel reunited aboard Fun Guy, the bay son of US Ranger broke sharply and was immediately forwardly placed from his outside draw in the 8 hole. After the opening quarter mile that went an honest 23 flat, Fun Guy was tracking the leader just one length off that foe. Fun Guy was eager to go on, but Cancel did a fantastic job getting him to settle a bit while maintaining a great position 2-3 wide on the backside. At the half mile marker which went in 48.51, Fun Guy was sitting in 3rd but just 1 1/2 lengths off the leader Dorees Giant Neal. When they approached the 3/4 marker, Cancel decided it was time to go and surprised the field with a bold, aggressive move to quickly swallow up the leader & shake away from the rest of the field by several lengths. Fun Guy had opened up an insurmountable 5 length lead as he hit the top of the stretch and it was just a matter of keeping Fun Guy to task the rest of the way. He crossed the wire a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths ahead of his nearest rival.
Fun Guy took home $24,600.00, the winner’s share of the $41,000.00 purse and looks to build on this in his next start which will come at Belmont Park next month.
Congratulations to all of the Dare To Dream Stable Partners for this breakout race by Fun Guy. We’ve had a few bumps in the road before getting to this point, but our patience paid off which makes the victory even sweeter! Congratulations to trainer Tom Morley and his team who have done a fantastic job with our mighty little warrior! Thanks to jockey Eric Cancel who rode an incredible race and really outsmarted his fellow riders, giving them the slip with a bold masterful move before the 2nd turn.