The 2017 Iroquois Stakes was meant to be a breakout party for Hollywood Star, a promising juvenile who ranked out the highest on the board with 6/5 odds. Instead, Saturday’s lead event at Churchill Downs was a smashing success for The Tabulator who was dominant throughout the entire race. This was the first leg of the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby, giving the winnner 10 derby points.
As a 4/1 third choice, it’s not like The Tabulator was far off the radar of the oddsmakers. When the bell rang, Smart Remark took the field out at fast fractions of :23.12 and :47.73 through the first half-mile, but was overtaken by a stampeding The Tabulator who overtook the lead at the three-quarter pole. The colt would open up a sizeable lead and gallopped across thew wire to win the 2017 Iroquois Stakes in a time of 1:45.50 over a fast rated track.
Charging from the middle of the pack was Hollywood Star who got off to a bad start but showed well in the closing moments of the race. Given a bit more room to run, he probably would’ve closed the distance but came up short in the 2017 Iroquois after The Tabulator opened a pretty big gap. It’s obvious that Hollywood Star is a talented colt, and he’ll likely be in play to exact his revenge in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Booking his ticket to the big two-year-old competition at the world champoinships, The Tabulator also made owner Carolyn Wilson and trainer Larry Rivelli very proud. “I’ve never had a horse start off like this and I’ve been in the game for more than 15 years,” noted Wilson. “Larry is a wonderful trainer. He and his entire team do such a great job with our horses and it’s so exciting to have a horse like this. It’s really easy when I just write a check and this happens.” This was Rivelli’s second win in the Iroquois Stakes. He also won with Cocked and Loaded in the 2015 renewal.
The win brought back $10.40 for The Tabulator’s supporters in the 2017 Iroquois Stakes. Hollywood Star fought hard to gain second place while Ten City came third as a 3/1 second choice.