Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Talented New Zealand-bred gelding Blitzembye is bred to be a star, and he is developing into a leading candidate for the $125,000 Four-Year-Old Classic and the $200,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park in December this year.
He is already showing the class that should enable him to emulate the performances of his full-brothers Alobettor and He Can Fly, who between them have won 67 races and $677,356.
There is a long road ahead, but Blitzembye gives promise of racing and winning in top company.
Blitzembye had a stroll in the park when he led and scored an effortless victory in the 2130m Retravision, Lowest Price Guarantee Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Starting a hot favourite at $1.30 from the No. 1 barrier, Blitzembye, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, simply ambled through the lead time in a slow 39.9sec. and the opening quarters in 32.1sec. and 30.5sec. before sprinting brilliantly over the final 400m sections in 27.7sec. and 27.3sec. to win at a modest 1.59 rate.
He was not extended in beating Arma Einstein ($8.50) by one and a half lengths, with Know When To Run ($9) finishing two lengths farther back in third place.
Owned by Jim Giumelli’s Swandoo Harnerss Racing syndicate, Blitzembye won at two of his eight New Zealand starts and at seven of his eleven runs in Western Australia.
He has earned $61,716 and has the potential to better the deeds of Alobettor (who won three times in New Zealand, at eight of his 18 Australian starts, and 21 times in America for a career record of 141 starts for 32 wins, 39 placings and stakes of $393,877) and He Can Fly (who won once in New Zealand, at 11 of his 32 Australian outings and 23 times in America for career earnings of $283,479 from 35 wins and 40 placings from 155 starts).
Blitzembye is by Bettors Delight and is the seventh foal out of the unraced Falcon Seelster mare Falcon’s Flybye, whose dam Fleet’s Pocket produced 12 winners, including Mighty Flying Thomas (226 starts for 24 wins, 56 placings and $354,622), Mighty Flying Deal (147 starts for 20 wins, 29 placings and $229,722),Flying Pocketlands (90 starts for 21 wins, 29 placings and $442,423), Mighty Flying Mac (87 starts for 16 wins, 29 placings and $265,837)Mighty Flying Major (36 starts for ten wins, 12 placings and $140,155) and Mighty Flying Art (54 starts for ten wins, 17 placings and $118,480).
“I think Blitzembye will measure up for the big four-year-old features at the end of the year,” said trainer Mike Reed. “He’s got speed and is still learning the caper. Shannon really likes him and says he is a really smart horse.
“They didn’t go fast early in tonight’s race, but he sprinted home fast. Shannon said Blitzembye was bolting on the corner, and he didn’t pull the ear plugs.”