Boundtobebad romps to WV Futurity victory
Boundtobebad won the WV Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic in October. Photo by Coady Photography.
Octogenarian trainer James W. Casey won three times on West Virginia Breeders’ Classics night last month. Yet while the most lucrative (and surprising) of the trio was Castle Bound’s stunning, 68-1 upset in the $300,000 Classic, the most impressive might well have been the seven-length romp posted by Castle Bound’s little full-sister, Boundtobebad, in the Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic for two-year-old fillies.
On Saturday Boundtobebad gave notice that last month’s performance was no fluke when she obliterated the field in the $64,650 West Virginia Futurity for two-year-olds bred in the Mountain State. Boundtobebad romped home 11 lengths clear of her nearest pursuer while getting the seven-furlong distance in 1:27.35 on a fast main track at Charles Town Races.
With the victory, the two-year-old Windsor Castle filly ran her record to three wins from three starts and pushed her career earnings to $86,895. That leaves her well shy of the $287,093 that big bro Castle Bound has earned but well on the way to a memorable career.
With Christian Hiraldo in the irons, Boundtobebad broke alertly and, from the outside post in the field of six, made her way over the inside while clearing the field during the first run past the grandstand. The pair set a measured pace through the opening half-mile, with 16-1 shot Ocasionaly Classy pressing them through a half in 48.26 seconds.
Ocasionaly Classy could not keep the pace, however, and Boundtobebad began to move away from the field in the final three-eighths of a mile. Running mostly on her own initiative — she felt the whip once — she stretched the lead to more than six lengths with an eighth to go and 11 when she flashed under the wire.
Henry Standingbear, with Carlos Delgado up, rallied into second, while another James Casey trainee, Candyforacause, was third. Sent off the 1-2 favorite, Boundtobebad returned $3.00 to win, and the one-dollar exacta was good for $5.40.
Boundtobebad is out of the Boundary mare Bound To. In addition to Castle Bound, her full siblings also include Bound to Windsor, a multiple stakes winner of more than $125,000 in her brief career. In fact, Bound to Windsor also won the Triple Crown Nutrition and West Virginia Futurity, in 2017, and completed the trifecta by winning the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes. That race is scheduled for November 30 this year.
All are homebreds for Casey’s Taylor Mountain Farm operation, which also stands Windsor Castle and three other stallions.
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