On a beautiful Friday evening at Canterbury Park in the fifth race Perfect Bu!! moved into contention at the break and continued racing three wide down the backstretch. Heading into the turn he disposed of his rivals to the inside and set aim on the frontrunner. As they turned for home, the jockey went to the right handed whip causing the colt to duck in. Switching to the left handed whip, the colt veered out. Putting away the whip, the colt gathered his legs and maintained second while gaining on the leader as they crossed the wire in the sprint contest.
While the frontrunning winner proved his speed, Pefect Bu!! confirmed that getting hit by a stick takes some getting used to. Editor's note: the guy with the stick weighs 118 lbs dripping wet, the colt weighs in excess of a half a ton; the stick is for steering and encouragement, not discipline. All in all, a well run race serving to continue the colt's education. The connections will point for a return engagement in two weeks with sights set firmly on the longer distance of the six furlong futurity stakes race in mid-August.
Historical subplot: The colt's dam finished second as well in her second outing before going on to break her maiden in her third start, then eventually adding a couple of impressive stakes victories to her career. Like mother like son? Stay tuned.