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Vigorous Titan Takes Colonel Power

L T B, Inc. and Miles Childers’ Vigorous Titan has proven to be a worthwhile investment for trainer and part-owner Bernie Flint. On Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the son of Cowboy Cal scored his first career stakes victory and fourth win from eight starts since being claimed for $40,000 last June when taking the rained-off $50,000 Colonel Power Stakes. Ridden by Francisco Torres, the bay 5-year-old settled on the outside, ranged up while four-wide on the turn and won by two lengths over Speightsong, returning $6.80, $3.60 and $2.80 as the 2-1 second choice.

Bond Stables et al.’s Grant Forster-trained Speightsong ($3.60 and $2.20) ran well under Miguel Mena for the place after stalking the early pace set by El Botas, who eventually retreated to fourth. Speightsong finish 4¼ lengths clear of D’cajun Cat ($4.20). Vigorous Titan completed the 5½ furlongs in 1:03.67 after earlier fractions of 22.29, 45.52 and 57.29.

The $31,260 winner’s purse increased Vigorous Titan’s career bankroll to $215,486. The victory was his eighth in 18 career tries.

“Those other three horses went at it in front of us, so I just let him do his thing and went after them turning for home,” Torres said. “I rode him with 100-percent confidence.”

“I got him for a tag and the first time I ran him he got under the gate and fractured his jaw,” Flint said. “They did emergency surgery on him and wired his bottom jaw. The hard part was getting him back to the races after. He was an older horse and you worry about him not being much with a bad jaw, but he came back well. What really helped is we trained him with a hackamore, which doesn’t have a bit and is used on western horses, and that changed everything. He trained really well in that and we were able to get him where he is now.”

Reigning Catfish and El Seventyseven completed the order of finish. Bayerd, Billy Two Hats, Easy Crossing, Galton, Latent Revenge, Reflector and Whiskey Bravo were scratched.