Early indications did not play in the favor of Indiana sired Desire’s Captain, but the end result was a win at The Meadowlands Sat. Jan. 27 to kick off the card. Guided by Jordan Stratton, the gelding posted the win in the $15,000 claiming event in a time of 1:53.4.
Starting from post eight, Desire’s Captain eased over to the rail behind the field as several horses went out for the lead. Incredible Badger and Jason Bartlett were the first to reach the front at the quarter in :28.0 but were overtaken by the half in :56.0 by Bush Man N and George Brennan. The action continued on the outside and horses filed out to get into the passing lane, letting Sports Advisor and Barton Dalious shoot up the inside from last to four around the final turn. Desire’s Captain opted to move to the outer flow but when cover stalled, he had a choice of going three wide or staying behind horses.
The decision to stay behind horses proved to be the winning move for Desire’s Captain as he shot through traffic heading down the stretch and fended off a late move by Lyon’s Pride and Braxten Boyd on the far outside. The two battled to the wire and it could have gone either way, but Desire’s Captain dug in just a little more to secure the win by a neck over Lyons Pride. Both geldings paced home in :28.1. Sports Advisor held his ground inside for third.
Desire’s Captain paid $12.80 for the win. The 10-year-old son of Real Desire is owned by Bill MacKenzie and Donald Witkowski. Willie Schwartz bred the gelding, who is now trained by MacKenzie.
Desire’s Captain is a seasoned veteran, winning his 37th career race. His earnings are nearing $400,000 with his career best time of 1:50.4 taken as a six-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The one-time Indiana Sired Fair Circuit contender has 245 career starts and is a recent acquisition by his current connections. He’s had more than 20 ownership changes over his career and started off under the direction of trainer Jack Webb before transferring over to Jay Cross, where he won four straight races. He competed in Indiana and Ohio on the pari-mutuel circuit before heading East as a seven-year-old where he has continued to rack up wins.
His dam, Real Delight, has produced several winners, including Flying Rocket (1:50.4, $91,000), Sharon Rose Artist (1:54.2, $101,000) and more recently Riggins Time (1:54.2, $26,000).