Cobalt Creek Wins Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap

The 5-year-old gelding overcame a difficult start to get his first career stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Cobalt Creek wins Saturday's $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park, the fall meet's richest and most prestigious race for aged runners. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Cobalt Creek overcame a less-than-perfect start and rallied to win Saturday's Grade 1, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for owner Vwp Jr Inc. and trainer John Stinebaugh, Cobalt Creek went 440 yards in :21.593 while aided by a slight 3-mph tail wind. The 5-year-old sorrel Walk Thru Fire gelding banked $41,250 for his effort.

"We had a little bit of a rough beginning," Ramirez said. "He broke decent, but he got into a little bit of traffic and got bumped around. Once they opened up a lane for him, he came running."

Cobalt Creek was bred in Missouri by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale, and he was making his first start at Lone Star Park since October 23, 2015, when he ran fifth in a 440-yard Texas Classic Derby (G1) trial. He has won seven of 27 outs, and his resume includes a third-place finish, one length behind winner Kiss My Hocks, in the 2015 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Wild Tycoon finished second, a neck behind Cobalt Creek, and was followed by Dutcher, Heza Bell Perry, Kraken Black, Kid Can Dash, He Is The Risingstar, Apollitical Wave, Ebw Catalyst, and Kw Cowboy.

The Refrigerator Handicap honors the sport's world champion in 1992 and '93. An Oklahoma-bred son of Rare Jet, Refrigerator was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000. 

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