Pink Lloyd winning the Bold Venture under Rafael Hernandez.
Already a Canadian icon, Pink Lloyd showed why in his final start, taking the Grade 2 Kennedy Road in a driving finish at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Midpack early, the 9-year-old gelding surged to the lead in the race’s final sixteenth to cap off his illustrious career with his 26th stakes victory.
In a field of eight, Pink Lloyd and jockey Rafael Hernandez were fifth early in the G2 stakes, with Clayton and Richiesinthehouse 1-2 through a first quarter in :22.75 and a half-mile in :44.72. Around the far turn, Clayton had a length and a half lead, as Hernandez and Pink Lloyd had to go three-wide to find racing room as they entered the stretch.
Down the Woodbine straight, Pink Lloyd was driving down the center of the track, catching Richiesinthehouse and then passing Clayton in the race’s waning yards. The legend was first under the wire, his last hurrah a victorious one.
The final time for the six furlongs was 1:08.84.
Pink Lloyd paid $9.40, $5.80, and $3.20. Richiesinthehouse paid $6.80 and $4.80. Clayton paid $4.60
Bred in Ontario by John Carey, Pink Lloyd is by Old Forester out of the Great Gladiator mare Gladiator Queen. He is owned by Entourage Stables and trained by Robert Tiller. Consigned by John Carey, the gelding was purchased by Frank Di Giulio, Jr., agent, for $28,446. With his win in the G2 Kennedy Road, a race he has won twice before, Pink Lloyd has three wins in five starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of 29 wins in 37 starts.
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