Sometimes you have to save the race to win the race.
Facing at least a temporary suspension without a monetary infusion from sponsor Team Valor International, Saturday's $75,000 Rushaway at Turfway Park proved the right vehicle for Team Valor's Crop Report to kick start a potential drive toward the spring classics.
Favored at 3-5, Crop Report overcame a bump at the start and a nine-length deficit to wear down pacesetter Divine Ambition in the final furlong to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths under Joel Rosario. Crop Report punched his ticket to the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 13 by completing 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:45 3/5. He returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.
Divine Ambition, the 2-1 second choice who set splits of :23 3/5, :47 4/5 and 1:13, held the place by three lengths over 9-1 shot Red Wings. Take the Sloroad, J. J. Got Even and Bet a Bundle completed the order of finish. Star Contender and Stormin Monarcho were early scratches, while Honorable Guest was withdrawn after dumping his rider and running off during the warm-up.
A son of Medaglia d'Oro, Crop Report made two starts at Newmarket in England last October under the tutelage of William Haggas. Seventh in his October 6 debut over the Rowley Mile, he rebounded 2 1/2 weeks later to win at the same distance by a comfortable five lengths.
Privately purchased thereafter by Team Valor and transferred to Graham Motion, Crop Report rallied to finish third in his U.S. debut, a February 23 turf allowance at Gulfstream Park, after hitting the gate at the start. His record now stands at 4-2-0-1, $57,609.
Bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm, Crop Report was a $35,000 Keeneland January juvenile purchase. He was produced by Grade 3 Delaware Handicap winner Amarillo, a Crafty Prospector half-sister to Grade 3 winner Government Corner. Also hailing from this family is Grade 3 winner Gorgeous Goose.