In virtual horse racing terms, the name Chrisman is legendary. With more than two hundred qualifier wins and twenty-two championship races won, few can match his achievements and skills in virtual equine management. Despite this impressive resume, Chrisman had yet to bring out the best in his $1799 auction purchase, Priscus Of Rome. Until now that is.
Last season’s Juvenile Stayers Championship winner and Juvenile Classic Championship runner-up, Priscus Of Rome, won sixteen starts in all for a previous owner but had managed only a single victory in a small WFA from six attempts so far under Chrisman‘s guidance, a fourth place his best effort in four qualifiers to date. That certainly doesn’t tell the full story, however. Priscus Of Rome has performed with merit, often without the breaks going his way, most notably when finishing sixth in a Triple Crown Stayers event under Ted Reynolds.
Saturday’s Triple Crown Classic Qualifier was over 2400m, probably close to Priscus Of Rome’s optimum trip but it was certainly not a soft option with top caliber horses such as Worldwater Stables’ dual Triple Crown Qualifier winner, Secret Smash and Doc Mdterps’ Triple Crown Classic Qualifier winner, Cryptic Oath in opposition. Priscus Of Rome made no mistake on this occasion however and he ran out a cosy winner under Claude Virenque. He was too much for Evil Racing Ltd’s Count De Money, even with top jockey Jack Ford in the saddle but he ran on to take second. Sunny Future’s Silent And Deadly finished third.
The fillies’ equivalent of this race saw Evil Racing Ltd go one place better with Countess Bathory taking top honors. Chrisman was again on the premises, this time finishing second with Beyond Petroleum. Jekegr Stables’ consistent filly, West Of The Pecos took third.
The standings for the colts final now show Priscus Of Rome tied at the head of affairs with Cryptic Oath who finished down the field here, as did Secret Smash who is still only two points off the lead in third spot. In the fillies’ standings, Countess Bathory moves into second place, three points behind the leader, Spectacular Liz but one point ahead of both Mass Deception and Domination’s End who are tied in third.
Just half an hour later and Chrisman completed a notable double in the Saratoga Sprint Qualifier 4-7yo Colts when prolific winner Purple King just got the better of a tight finish with Tri M Fent’s Irish Cream. Karl Khoder’s Secret Legend was best of the rest in third.
Chrisman almost managed to pull off a qualifier treble in the fillies’ race but was denied as, in the end, his Roosters Tango had to give best to Samster’s Annie’s Nemesis. The five year old chestnut mare ultimately won a shade cosily with Jack Ford taking the ride.
Irish Cream is now eight points clear at the top of the colts’ standings. Purple King is now tied with Secret Legend for second place with Black Lotus’ King Domination a further three points behind in fourth. The standings for the fillies’ equivalent show Roosters Tango a full ten points ahead of closest pursuer, Maico, owned by Cmr Racing. Annie’s Nemesis scores eleven points for her win here in what was her first qualifying run.