Longines Classic Division
OwnerHronis Racing LLC
TrainerJohn W. Sadler
Jockey (from last start)
BreederBlue Devil Racing Stable LLC
At age 4 Tripoli has found his best stride after switching to dirt surfaces and now has a guaranteed spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) after winning the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) Aug. 21. Both races are at Del Mar.
“This horse has matured and just keeps coming along and (in the TVG Pacific Classic) he proved himself,” said Kosta Hronis, who co-owns the colt with his brother Pete, and named the chestnut colt in honor of their father, whose hometown was Tripoli in Greece. “We didn’t know if he could go a mile and a quarter, but today we found out.”
The victory also answered any questions about Tripoli’s ability to compete at the elite level. He flashed plenty of potential as an untapped talent when he was sold for $450,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September yearling sale, but finished last in his career debut May 23, 2020 in a turf sprint going 5 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita. He made amends a month later over the same course and distance with a narrow triumph as a 46-1 longshot.
As a son of 2004 Champion Turf Horse and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) runner-up Kitten’s Joy and the mare Love Train, a two-time winner on turf, it was logical to keep Tripoli on that surface. But, he went winless in eight consecutive races for nearly a year after his original score. His connections then opted for dirt and Tripoli responded with an allowance triumph, the runner-up spot in Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap (G2) in July and his Pacific Classic tally.
In his most recent start, Tripoli finished fourth in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita on Oct. 2.
Tripoli is trained by Southern California-based John Sadler, a former show jumping rider, who teamed up with the Hronis family to win the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic with Accelerate, the champion older dirt male for the season. Hronis Racing was honored with the Eclipse Award as outstanding owner that year. The family owns and operates an 8,000-acre grape and citrus farm in Delano, California, in the middle of the state.
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