09/24/20 | Arlington Heights, IL – Dare To Dream Stable’s 4 yr old Star Of Kodiak was looking to get back on track and find his form that he displayed over last fall and winter. Fortunately he had been training well in advance of this one mile turf event, and it all came together as Star really shined on this Sunny afternoon at Arlington Park.
Star Of Kodiak would be breaking from the outside in this full field of eleven turf runners. With this post it was paramount that jockey Jose Lopez hustle Star out and gain a nice position so he wouldn’t be hung out wide into the first turn. Well it worked out better than expected as Star Of Kodiak broke like a rocket and easily gained a ground saving position while inheriting the lead without much effort. They went the opening half mile in 48.99 while Jose had the son of Ready’s Image on a very comfortable 2 length lead. They maintained that advantage on the backside and through the turn, and it never really looked like anybody was really threatening Star. Once they reached the top of the stretch Jose let Star out a notch and he kicked clear rather easily to cross the wire by an emphatic 3 1/2 lengths in a snappy final time of 1:36.87 This was Star Of Kodiak’s third victory in 14 starts. He also has 2 seconds, and 3 thirds to go along with that and career earnings of $107,545.
Congratulations to our trainer Chris Davis and his assistant Mynor Ortiz who enjoyed a pretty terrific day as this win made it a hat trick for the day. Quite an accomplishment as it’s hard enough to win a single race, yet alone three on a day. If that wasn’t impressive enough, our regular rider Jose Lopez also enjoyed a career day winning four races on the 9 race card. Glad we were able to cap off that four bagger with the win aboard Star Of Kodiak. Finally to all our loyal partners a hearty congratulations on this very satisfying victory!