AMERICAN TURF S. | PURSE: $250,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | GRADE 2 | 1 1/16-MILES
Confidently handled by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Glen Hill Farm's Global View reeled in Storming Inti by a measured neck in Saturday's Grade 2, $294,500 American Turf at Churchill Downs.
"He's got a powerful, powerful kick," Stevens said of the Tom Proctor pupil. "I think he's going to be a top, top turf horse, I'm talking Grade 1. He's still learning. He's a big colt. He's still developing right now. He's only going to get better."
The well-bred son of Galileo was an overlay as the 6-1 fifth choice, in the wake of his only career clunker in the off-the-turf Transylvania on April 4. Global View was never happy on the Keeneland Polytrack that day, and he dropped back to a distant seventh behind Kentucky Derby contender Medal Count.
Bettors perhaps took the bare result too much to heart and sent out Transylvania runner-up Picozza as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite. But Global View was a different proposition back on turf here, and produced an emphatic form turnaround.
Craftsman and Storming Inti flashed early speed. After Craftsman carved out a first quarter in :23 3/5 on the firm turf, Storming Inti joined him. The two leaders raced as a team through a half in :47 4/5, with Picozza in the next flight. Global View was settled into comfortable rhythm in the latter part of the field, then began a smooth advance as the leaders reached six furlongs in 1:12 1/5.
Although Storming Inti gained sole command in the stretch and opened up by two lengths, Global View was readily gaining ground. The winner appeared to be going the better of the pair, and so it proved as he was along in time to finish 1 1/16 miles in a sharp 1:41 3/5. Global View rewarded his loyalists with a win mutuel of $14.
"He got a perfect trip," Proctor said. "It's really good when there's not a horse within a length or two of you the first half-mile of a race. That means a lot."
Stevens revealed the pre-race discussion.
"Tom (Proctor) just said, 'Enjoy yourself, have a good time. I want you to concentrate on just the finish. I don't care where you're at early,'" the Hall of Fame rider said. "He said, 'Just make sure you've got horse to finish up with.' It took me a while through the stretch the first time to wrangle him back, get him to settle. And once he did, it was just a matter of getting him out at the head of the stretch and letting him do his thing."
Quotient crossed the wire another 2 1/4 lengths astern in third. Long on Value, General Jack, Woodfield Springs, Picozza, Chief Barker, Cleburne and Craftsman rounded out the order of finish.
Big Bazinga, who opted for this race when connections feared he wouldn't get into the Kentucky Derby field, was scratched with an illness.
"Blood test confirms he is fighting an infection," trainer Katerina Vassilieva tweeted.
"Very disappointing for me and my owners (Derby Dreamers Racing Stable). All were looking forward to this wknd. Main thing is Bazinga will be OK."
Global View's resume now reads 6-3-1-0, $274,988. His only two unplaced efforts have come on synthetic, including a sneaky-good fourth in his unveiling in a 5 1/2-furlong dash at Del Mar last July. Global View wasn't seen again until October 27, when he came back to break his maiden on Santa Anita's unique downhill turf at about 6 1/2 furlongs. He continued his progress by taking his stakes and two-turn debut in the November 30 Generous at Hollywood.
Freshened over the winter, Global View kicked off his sophomore campaign in a March 8 allowance at Tampa Bay that also happened to draw Bobby's Kitten. Global View was disadvantaged by a virtual match race with that classy pacesetter at a flat mile, and lost no caste in finishing second. He loomed as a prime contender in the Transylvania, until the 1 1/16-mile affair was rained off the turf.
"He ran awful good last year and chased a good horse (Bobby's Kitten) in Tampa," Proctor said. "His last race was on Polytrack. I'm like everybody else -- I've got hope.
"I'll just give him a bath and worry about that later," the trainer added of upcoming targets.
Bred by Reiko and Michael Baum in Kentucky, Global View commanded $500,000 from his current connections at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He was produced by the unraced Storm Cat mare Egyptian Queen, herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 2-winning sire A. P. Warrior.
Global View's second dam is Group 3-placed stakes heroine Warrior Queen, a highweight three-year-old filly sprinter in England and a co-highweight in a similar division in Ireland. Further back, this is the family of globally-influential sire Storm Bird, who was an English/Irish champion juvenile; Canadian Hall of Famer Northernette; French highweights Green Tune and Pas de Reponse; and multiple Grade 2 star Silentio.