EONS sets track record winning the Buckland S at Colonial Downs
So proud of stakes winner and track record setter EONS who got his early training with Legacy Stable.
After thunderstorms forced two races mid-card at Colonial Downs to be canceled July 26, the Buckland and Andy Guest stakes provided thrilling finishes in which only a neck and a head were the difference makers.
Monday’s card was reduced to two stakes from three scheduled after the Da Hoss Stakes was canceled and storms caused an hour-plus delay. The Buckland and Andy Guest later ran over the Secretariat Turf Course, which was labeled good after the rain departed.
Mark Grier’s Eons was not slowed down by the softened ground in the $150,000 Buckland for 3-year-olds and older on the inner turf, speeding to a course record for 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.14 as he got his head in front of Kentucky Ghost .
Both horses were among the three trailing horses in the field of seven early as Mr Dumas set fractions of :23.20, :47.22, and 1:11.28. Then they both powered forward coming out of the final turn. Eons edged Kentucky Ghost by a head while Pixelate took third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up.
A 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway trained by Arnaud Delacour, Eons was ridden to victory by Mychel Sanchez. He returned $13.20 on a $2 win wager.
“After the rain delay, all horses had been coming off the pace,” said Sanchez. “I really liked my horse. I started out in the middle of the pack and by the time we got to the half I was last. But I knew he would close. I just wanted him to relax because he can be really tough but he can run. We got a lot of rain but the turf course here is amazing.”
Eons was bred in Kentucky by Camas Park Stud out of the multiple stakes-winning Hansel mare Golden Antigua . He is a full brother to graded/group stakes winners Giant Gizmo and Tableaux , and a half brother to the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Cheermeister .
Clancy Bloodstock purchased Eons for $300,000 from the Eaton Sales consignment to the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The chestnut, also a winner of the 2019 Kent (G3T) and Stanton stakes at Delaware Park, has earned $428,615 from a 5-2-1 record in 17 starts.