Straight Story (5h Giant’s Causeway x Eventail, by Lear Fan) burst back to top form with an all the way win in the Grade II Autumn Stakes at Woodbine on the weekend.
Second in the Grade I Belmont Jamaica Handicap earlier in his career, Straight Story won the Grade III Fort Marcy Stakes back in May, but had been out of a place in three subsequent runs.
Driven forward to lead here by Jesse Campbell, Straight Story relished the task and kept going to the line to win the 1 and 1/16th mile feature on the all weather track by a length and three-quarters.
“He broke sharp and we just let him run his own race,” said winning rider Jesse Campbell.
“We thought we’d be laying second. He’s pretty adamant, the horse, when he left the gate to be on the lead. I let him get comfortable and tried to get away at the top of the lane. I didn’t want to let somebody come to me, I wanted to open it up and try to hold on. He ran really game.”
The Alan Goldberg trained entire has the overall record of seven wins and six seconds from 22 starts with prizemoney of $736,000.
A $400,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase raced by Richard Santulli, Straight Story was bred by Gallaghers Stud and is from the stakes-winner Eventail, a half-sister to triple Grade I winner Take Charge Lady.