Liam’s Pride, a standout who is a half-brother to $1.2 million dollar earner Morning Line, broke his maiden in stylish fashion going 6 furlongs at Oaklawn Park. A race earlier, Liam’s Pride had all kinds of trouble finishing third to rising star Pneumatic, but he rebounded nicely under jockey Martin Garcia to break his maiden in 1:10 flat.
Liam’s Pride, owned by Tom Mansor, Rick Pushor, Rob Roy, Jerry Caroom, and CTR Stables, looks to do big things as he stretches out this summer at Belmont Park.
The son of Liam’s Map was bought privately by Blue Chip owner Steve McPherson last Spring for $300,000. Now, it’s time to advance and prove to the owners the horse was worth the price.
“I think this might be the unluckiest horse in racing,” quipped McPherson. “In three of his last four races he has had very troubled trips. The only clean trip he had be beat very nice horses by daylight.”
Liam’s Pride, in addition to tackling Pneumatic, also ran into No Parole, arguably the fastest sprinter in the United States.
“That horse is a beast,” said McPherson. “No Parole is as fast as any horse we have seen in a few years. Liam’s Pride, in my opinion, is going to be a lot better going a mile, so I expect him to love the one-turn mile at Belmont.”
Liam’s Pride is conditioned by two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O’Neill.