DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2012) – Longshot Native Treasure ran off to a front-running score in Monday’s $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for Golden State Series eligible 2-year-olds, leading a sweep by progeny of stallion Tribal Rule.
Native Treasure is out of the Bertrando mare Visual Treat, was bred by Pam & Marty Wygod, is owned by Heeq, Moger, Neary, Walker et al and is trained by Ed Moger Jr.
“I knew it was going to be a tough race, and I knew he’s a gutty horse. I knew that if he’s good enough and he’s on the lead he’s going to turn them back because he runs really hard,” said Moger.
“I could see coming around the turn that those horses were kind of struggling behind him and I thought, ‘Oh, shoot, he may keep on going.’ ”
He has two wins in five starts, earnings of $138,330 and was coming off a fourth in the Aug. 12 Cavonnier. Native Treasure ran the six furlongs in 1:09.69 and won by 1 ¾ lengths at odds of 14-1.
The Humancomplaint and Strong Wind, also sons of Tribal Rule, finished second and third in the field of six.
For Native Treasure’s pedigree, click http://www.pedigreequery.com/native+treasure3.