SJ Wolfe Racing finished the metropolitan racing season in style with Classic Rogue victorious in the TABtouch-Westspeed Platinum Handicap (Race 4-1600m) at Belmont today.
The stable’s sole representative at the final city meeting of 2021/22 was ridden patiently by Shaun McGruddy after beginning from gate nine in the 10-horse field, and after tacking on in the three-wide line down the back straight, McGruddy had the five-year-old rolling and ready to pounce on straightening.
Letting down strongly through the rain-soaked Heavy 9 surface Classic Rogue fended off the challenge of Speedy Miss to secure a 1.2 length victory and bank $21,920 for connections.
The homebred son of Dick Turpin — out of our former quality racemare All Class — has now won six and been placed at seven of his 30 starts, and his career-best preparation suggests that he’ll continue adding to his bank balance that currently exceeds $120,000.
Classic Roque was our 48th winner from 373 starters in 2021/22, with our horses earning $1,887,462 in prizemoney across the season.