Limousine Liberal, already a multiple graded stakes winner, picked up his first stakes win outside Churchill Downs on Saturday by running down Whitmore to win the Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes as part of the Stars and Stripes Festival.
The Belmont Sprint is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, giving Limousine Liberal an automatic berth into the Grade 1 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup will be held Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs, a track where Limousine Liberal has won six of eight races.
“I could see [jockey] Jose [Ortiz] had a ton of horse and I knew he was going to make his run,” said winning trainer Ben Colebrook. “I didn’t want the wire to come too soon because he was coming with a big run. I’m just glad he proved he can win outside the state of Kentucky. I thought we were in the right place. I thought maybe we’d be ahead of Whitmore, maybe not so far back, but they went so fast. Jose knew where to have him.”