Tuskegee Airmen flies to Rocky Run victory

Cash is King and LC Racing’s Tuskegee Airmen won the $107,900 Rocky Run Stakes at Delaware Park today. 

With Paco Lopez aboard, the 2-year-old son of Street Sense won by 3 ¼ lengths. The Kentucky-bred trained by John Servis returned $3.00 as the favorite in the field of six. In his only other career outing, he broke his maiden by 5 1/2-lengths going seven furlongs at Parx on September 24.

Midnight Trouble, with Jeremy Rose, finished second 3 1/2-lengths in front of Riccio, with Xavier Perez, in third. The final time for the one mile was 1:37.74 over a good-main track.

Tuskegee Airmen survived a claim of foul from the rider aboard Riccio, Xavier Perez, but the stewards ruled there was insufficient evidence for a disqualification.

Tuskegee Airmen made trainer John Servis a little nervous during the running of the race.

“He is nice horse and this was a really nice race, but he still has no clue to what he is doing yet,” said winning trainer John Servis.  “I will be honest with you, at the 3/8ths pole, I was worried.  I did not think we were going to beat a horse.  I guess at that point he just decided I will start running.”

Tuskegee Airmen is a colt by Street Sense out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Lucky Cover. A $290,000 auction purchase as a yearling, Tuskegee Airmen is now two-for-two with $120,000 in career earnings.

“He is very talented and the thing that is going to help this horse the most down the road, is he is so laid back,” Servis said. “Nothing seems to really bother him.  We are not sure where we are going next.  He beat himself up pretty good in the behind, so we will check him out good and see how he comes out of this.  But he will get at least a month and we will go from there.”