Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys’ King Fury just missed the one and 3/16-mile track record in his 13-length victory in the $275,000 Bourbon Trail S. Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Sent away as the odds-on favorite in the Bourbon Trail’s inaugural running, King Fury was tucked in behind horses just behind the leaders. King Fury and jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. held his spot down the backstretch, then moved outside of horses to take aim at the leaders. He cruised past the pacesetters with a three-wide move, then took total command at the top of the stretch. He was hand-ridden the rest of the way while opening up with each stride.
King Fury covered the distance on a fast main track in 1:56.01, just :04 off Idol’s 2020 track record of 1:55.97.
“He was really impressive today,” winning trainer Ken McPeek said. “We’re very proud of how he ran. He’s a really talented horse and showed that today.”
The victory was worth $166,710 and increased King Fury’s earnings to $579,449 with a record of 4-1-0 in 10 starts. Three of his wins have come at Churchill Downs, including a maiden win and stakes victory in the $98,000 Street Sense last year as a 2-year-old. He also won the Lexington S. (G3) this spring at Keeneland.