Elite Power (USA)
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Elite Power ran twice in the latter part of his three-year-old season with his best performance a fourth place finish in a Churchill Downs maiden special weight.
He kicked off his four-year-old year with a third place finish at Churchill Downs in July and embarked on a perfect run of four straight victories culminating in the Grade 2 Vosburgh Stakes at Aqueduct on his stakes debut. The win secured him a "Win And You're In" berth in the Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland.
Elite Power broke alertly but let Jalen Journey Rush to the rail to take command in the opening quarter-mile. He took over heading into the turn with multiple Graded winner Drafted on his outside and Eatern Bay behind. The trio lined up across the track late in the turn, but Elite Power drew off under a hand ride to secure a five and three-quarter length victory in a final time of 1:23.98.
Bill Mott commented: "He broke and he was closer than normal and that didn't seem to bother him. He was fine where he was at. He's a good closer. If he gets a good, fast pace in front of him, he can close going six or seven [furlongs]."
Elite Power's next outing was in the Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Sprint where a storming run down the centre of the course saw him blow past his opposition to win by a length and a quarter going away.
Juddmonte USA General Manager Garrett O'Rourke commented: "Going back to when Prince Khalid was with us, he wanted to start buying some horses at the sales. Obviously, we got off to a good start with Arrogate and followed up with horses like this guy, beautiful horse from the very beginning."
Elite Power was a $900,000 Keeneland September purchase out of dual Graded-winner and Grade-1 placed Broadway's Alibi.