Simple Kinda Man Is Best In Battle
Aug 7

Corey Callahan made his first appearance at Grand River Raceway count as he captured the tracks signature race, todays $200,200 Battle of Waterloo for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts with Simple Kinda Man.

As the gates folded to let the field go Stock was flying from post eight and tucked in third early. Burning Midnight gabbed the lead and hit the first quarter mark in :27.4.

Out from fourth before the :57.4 half was Callahan and Simple Kinda Man who was neck and neck with the leader at the 1:25.3 third panel.

Simple Kinda Man took over control as they headed toward the finish and held off several rivals to win in 1:55. Hudson Phil was second followed by Burning Midnight, Taste Of History and Casimir Richie P.

It was the second win in six lifetime starts for the son of Sportswriter who was purchased for $30,000 at the Lexington Select sale by M And L Of Delaware Inc. His Rocknroll Hanover dam is a sister to $1.1 million winner Art Director as well as Speedy Demon ($771,000) and Sweet Talkin Satin ($507,000).

He drove really good today, he darted in on me a couple of times but the changes Scott (trainer Scott McEneny) made to his bridle really seemed to help, noted Callahan.

He was nice and calm, I could sit out there and rate as much as I wanted to go and when I called on him he brought it home for me.

Scott seemed to think if he could get in a spot where he was first up, hed be tough and he was right.

It was a great introduction for Callahan to the track as he won the signature event and finished second in its companion, the Battle of the Belles.

It was the first Belles trophy for McEneny. It feels great, its the first final Ive been in too.

He got sent to me by the owner Doug Paul about six weeks ago to race in Ontario. Hes a very fast, very aggressive horse. I had to get him quieted down a bit.

Hes got the Ontario Sires and I think hes paid into the Metro, well just play it by ear.

When asked because of his small stature whether the colt is better on a half mile track, Scott noted: I think hes good on all, hes got very quick speed. I trained him with the open bridle before the elimination and I really dont think Ive trained a horse for a piece that fast.

Given the horses McEneny has trained, that's saying a lot.


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