Photo of Ogermeister winning MSW @ Belmont on May 16th courtesy NYRA
Anybody involved in horseracing knows that things don’t always go as planned or expected. This was not the case for Ogermeister and his connections on May 16th at Belmont Park. Ogermeister by Silver Train was bet down to 2 to 5 odds by the public for his debut race. He did not disappoint, breaking so sharply from the gate that it looked like his competitors were somehow stuck in time. After bolting out for a multi length lead in the first few hops, Ogermeister and Joel Rosario settled in for an all business ride that resulted in cruise drive, a bit of an effort at the head of the stretch and geared down the last 1/16 of a mile. This resulted in an uncontested win of 6 lengths in a very respectable time of 58.25. This was the first two year old winner at Belmont this year.
The trainer, who is one in the same as the owner, Wesley Ward is well know for his success with two year olds and also getting his horses trained to break smartly from the gate. Therefore, Ogermeister’s performance came as no great surprise and perhaps was even expected. What will be exciting and interesting to see if there is some substance with Ogermeister that will go beyond this great early start.
Henry “Hank” Nothhaft