The sentimental lead in the 2017 Remington Springboard Mile will be one of the survivors from the recent fires that scorched San Luis Ray’s Training Center and took the lives of 46 horses. Trainer Adam Kitchingman hopes that Greyvitos can start that healing process after witnessing a moment in time that can never ever be stricken from the record.
“It’s been a crazy week,” began Kitchingman. “A lot of highs and lows, more lows than highs. We’re getting through it and everyone has been really supportive. It’s great to see the racing community come together to help everyone out. It’s just been very heartwarming to see everyone care. We have to move on and we have to go forward, but it doesn’t take away from what happened. There is a lot to learn from what we have gone through. It was terrifying. It was a nightmare what was going on. It was like a horror movie.”
This isn’t unprecedented either. Greyvitos is coming off a 2017 Bob Hope Stakes victory which is more than a lot of his rivals coming up this weekend have on their docket.
An effort to begin that healing process and change the channel from horror to fairytale may be impeded by Redatory, another talented juvenile who won the 2017 Clevor Trevor Stakes and is likely to open as the favorite when the line hits over the weekend.
Also high on the list of contneders for the 2017 Remington Springboard Mile is Believe in Royalty, who has two wins so far. This Tapit colt is out of a Kentucky Oaks winner named Believe You Can. Trained by Larry Jones, this juvenile is one of the potential stars that is also expected to shine.
But our hearts will be with Greyvitos even if our money isn’t.
The 2017 Remington Springboard Mile is a stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby offering a promising $400,000 purse and a 10-4-2-1 point split to the top-four horses.
2017 Remington Springboard Mile – Sunday, December 17th at Remington Park
1 Mile – 2 Year Olds – $400,000