Snap Decision wins the G1 Iroquois, Leslie Young goes into the lead in Trainer, Races Won
- By SARA CAVANAGH
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Facing Pistol Whipped (Ire), a touted hurdle winner from across the sea, Snap Decision, ridden by Graham Watters, hung just outside his foe during the $150,000, G1, 3 mile Calvin Houghland Iroquois Stakes, went into the lead on the final turn and went on to win by 7 1/4 lengths on Saturday, May 14.
Owned by Bruton Street-US, Snap Decision has now run his skein of wins over hurdles to 10, and he won the Iroquois for the second year in a row.
"He's the horse of a lifetime for us," said Charlie Fenwick, who along with Mike Hankin and Charlie Noell owns Bruton Street.
Snap Decision's win, along with the win of another Bruton Street horse, Proven Innocent, showed why Fisher has dominated the Leading Trainer lists for so many years.
"For both races, Jack laid out a plan, and then the jockeys executed the plans perfectly," said Fenwick.
Pistol Whipped, trained by Nicky Henderson, was a handicap hurdle winner in England and had been expected to be a serious contender in the seven horse field, and he did finish second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Amschel (GB), trained by Cyril Murphy.
But Snap Decision, a beautifully bred class horse, ran back to his top form and looks to be a force to deal with this summer.
Two other Fisher trained horses, Moscato and Brianbakescookies, were fourth and fifth respectively.
Iranistan, who won the Temple Gwathmey over Snap Decision, was done early and was pulled up, as was Historic Heart, both trained by Keri Brion.
Fisher said that Anthony Speelman's Pistol Whipped had been brought to this country to be sold, but that he wasn't interested in buying him and didn't know if anyone had bought the horse.