Portada 2001

Gran Duque continues roll in Copa Confraternidad

Bloodhorse.com sábado, 8 de diciembre de 2001

Two-time Puerto Rican champion Gran Duque gained his 31st victory in 48 career starts with a runaway victory in the $75,000 Copa Confraternidad del Caribe at El Comandante racetrack in Canovanas, Puerto Rico on Friday.

Gran Duque and jockey John Bisono drew off down the stretch in the 1 3/16-mile contest to win by three lengths over Lingham in a time of 2:02.59 on a sloppy track. Rio Camu finished one length behind in third.

Gran Duque was champion three-year-old colt in Puerto Rico in 1998 and champion older horse in ’99 after winning 12 of 14 starts for owner Establo Lazor. The six-year-old son of Irish Open collects $45,000 for the win to push his career earnings to $594,706. He is trained by Ramon Morales.

Gran Duque is the only stakes winner from four foals to race produced by the Lord Avie mare Lady Joy, a half sister to English champion Wind and Wuthering and stakes winner Mitos Joy, who produced multiple group winner Q Mattox. He was bred in Puerto Rico by Haras Santa Isabel.