Cooke Creek, a Cheyenne Stables homebred 2-year-old colt, kept his record intact with a half-length score in Saturday’s $50,000 Rocky Run S. at Delaware Park.
Cooke Creek began his career on Sept. 8 when he broke his maiden by three lengths going 5 ½-furlongs, also at Delaware Park. The dark bay son of Uncle Mo was stretched out to a mile for Saturday’s Rocky Run.
Breaking from post three, Cooke Creek was three-wide into the first turn, just about two lengths from the front. He stayed well off the rail on the backstretch while keeping the leaders in his sight. He still was wide on the second turn as he made up ground to vie for the lead coming into the stretch. He took the lead with a furlong to run and held off the late charge of Affable Monarch to secure the win.
“I had a lot of faith in this horse today just because of the way he won last time,” said winning jockey Angel Suarez. “It was really impressive. It looked like once he turned for home, he wanted to keep on going and he was going short (last time out). Today, going long, I knew all I had to do was to get him in good position and it will be game over.”
Cooke Creek, trained by Jeremiah O’Dwyer, has now earned $52,800 in his two victories. Bred by Cheyenne’s Candy Meadows Farm, Cooke Creek is the second foal out of Genre, who won the Molly Pitcher S. (G3) and Lady Jacqueline S. and earned $457,700 while racing for Cheyenne.