Travel Column storms home to win $200,000 Golden Rod S. (G2)
RSS Feeds Saturday, November 28, 2020
Travel Column showed the grit and experience of an older horse in her dramatic victory in the $200,000 Golden Rod S. (G2) Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs, overcoming a bad start and being blocked in the stretch to win the 1-1/16-mile event for 2-year-old fillies by a length.

After getting away just a step slowly, the Eddie Woods training grad was squeezed back and found herself last of nine as the field rounded the first turn. She trailed the field through a half-mile in :48.21, then began to make up ground around the turn. Stuck near the rail behind a wall of horses, jockey Florent Geroux had no choice but to swing four wide for clear running. The gray filly responded with zeal, running past Clairiere in the final sixteenth to finish the distance in 1:41.98.

"I was unsure what was going to happen when she broke the way she did," winning trainer Brad Cox said. "She's a very fast filly. I think she got a good education here as far as taking dirt and everything. When she started making her move at the half-mile pole and started weaving between horses, ducked down inside, and then got out, I didn't know if she'd get there, but she showed she could get the distance.”

Travel Column was third in the Oct. 2 Alcibiades S. (G1) last month and is now 2-0-1 in three starts and has earned $209,184 for owner OXO Equine, who purchased the daughter of first-crop sire Frosted for $850,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale.