He has not been a simple horse to campaign, this New Jersey-bred colt who galloped his way to the sport’s greatest stages for Isabelle de Tomaso.
Just when trainer Graham Motion thinks Irish War Cry is primed for a big effort, the talented chestnut throws in a subpar run—like he did last out with a sixth in the March 31 Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile Stakes (G2).
But on a rainy day at Pimlico Race Course, a year removed from the Triple Crown campaign that resulted in his runner-up finish in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), homebred Irish War Cry came through with authority in the $300,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (G3). It was the Curlin colt’s first victory since the 2017 Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2).
“The key was the distance today,” Ortiz said.