Howgreatisnate? Pretty fantastic. The previously undefeated three year old showed he knows the drill as he blasted around the Gotham without a jockey. Nate stumbled at the break, losing jockey J.D. Acosta. But that did not stop him. After picking himself up, the colt rallied with an impressive run to the front of the field, finishing the 1 1/16 mile race in second place. He was beaten by a late run from long-shot Raise Cain.
Although Acosta reported being kicked in the helmet during the fall, he walked off the track under his own power and says he’s fine, although a little sore. Howgreatisnate, was fine.
“He was fresh and a little too eager and he outbroke himself coming out of the gate. He pushed so hard his front feet went underneath him and he just went down. He came out OK. He got a little scrape on his pastern and we’re keeping an eye on it, but other than that he looks good. If he’s good in the next two or three days and there’s no issues or inflammation, I’ll look to run him right back.”
“As bad as it was, it was kind of funny at the eighth pole when that horse went to run by him and he dug back in to run with him,” Simoff said. “It looked like he was pulling up, but when he saw that horse on the outside he dug back in. I was proud of him for that.Andrew Simoff, Trainer