Grade Two Jerome Stakes to The Lumber Guy

Progressive colt The Lumber Guy (3c Grand Slam x Boltono, by Unbridled’s Song) continued his rise through the ranks with a stylish victory in the Grade II Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on the weekend.

The Michael Hushion trained son of Grand Slam ran out of a place for the first time last start when fifth in the Grade I Wood Memorial, but bounced back to his best form in the Jerome.

The Lumber Guy duelled with runner-up Brigand for the lead and finally managed to beat off that colt, pulling clear to win the one mile contest by two and three-quarter lengths.

“His gallop out looked good to me–from what I saw quickly–so I don’t know about distance limitations,” said Hushion.

“I guess that [the final time of one minute] 36 flat (1:36.04) is going to come up a nice time. Getting to the two-turn thing is a bridge we’re going to have to cross sometime pretty soon.

“Today, he showed what we were hoping he would show. When he got his head, in front his stride just opened up. His stride looked awfully good down the backside. He’s a nice, big mover.”

A homebred for Barry Schwartz’s Stonewall Farm, The Lumber Guy has won three of four starts earning $225,000 and is a half-brother to stakes-winners Magical Solution and Bold Deed being from the very good producer Boltono.

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