Hit It A Bomb

Hit It a Bomb

Unbeaten in his first two starts in Ireland, Hit it a Bomb came to America and overcame a lot to capture the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. Despite soft ground and starting from the 14th post positon, Hit it a Bomb circled the field, coming from last place in a 14-horse field under jockey Ryan Moore to cross the wire first by a neck defeating the favorite Airoforce.

It was the third time that trainer Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore teamed up to win the Juvenile Turf, adding to his previous scores with George Vancouver (2012) and Wrote (2011).

"When we got the outside post we were worried, and when the ground changed [after a few days of rain] we were also worried," O'Brien said. "Ryan said he would let him really relax, because he knew what he could do. This was always the plan; he's a real classy miler."

It was also the first winner for owner and breeders Evelyn Stockwell, who is the grandmother of Michael Vincent “MV” Magnier.

Hit it a Bomb, a Kentucky bred bay son of War Front out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Liscanna (IRE), broke his maiden in September of 2015 at the Curragh, winning a listed seven furlong event by a neck under Moore. He returned to the races two weeks later and was more impressive, capturing the Star Appeal Stakes on the all-weather surface at Dundalk by 4 ½ lengths with Joseph O’Brien in the saddle.

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