Loyal Action Makes Promising Recovery Run

Loyal Action - Bebeto Harvey
Loyal Action - Bebeto Harvey

KINGSTON, Jamaica – After three dismal runs prior, no one would have considered the Gary Crawford-conditioned Loyal Action to be anything special. However, the bay colt raced into possible Classic deliberation following an impressive win in the Harry Jaghai Trophy on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Loyal Action started his career on November 19 of last year with a fifth-place result, finishing by over 7 lengths at 7 furlongs (1,400m). His second start was on December 17, 2023, over one mile (1,600m). Then Loyal Action finished fifth by over 9 lengths. The next occasion he faced the starter, Loyal Action saw the backs of all his six rivals, with the blinkers off.

Then on Sunday, Loyal Action overturned 38¼ lengths, to notch his first win, smacking rivals by 5 lengths in a maiden three-year-old call travelling 6½ furlongs (1,300m).

“He never showed anything in his last three runs simply because he had never reached the required standard as yet. The more Loyal Action races, the more experience he gets, and so he is improving and he should get better from this,” Crawford said.

Crawford added: “The fourth run is always the best run for a horse because he now has the experience, and he showed the potential that he can do anything. I am pleased with the run and I am pleased with the win.”

Ridden by Bebeto Harvey, Loyal Action broke off well, settling in third position behind Digital Light (Christopher Mamdeen) and The Love Of God (Javaniel Patterson) down the backstretch.

The Love Of God took up the running heading into the half-mile (800m) turn and immediately Loyal Action went in pursuit, before hitting the front full of running entering the drive. Loyal Action turned on the afterburner in deep stretch and went on his merry way to an emphatic win.

“It was a nice ride from the jockey. He wasn’t in any hurry as he just sat comfortably behind the leaders and asked the horse to really run up the lane. Now, let’s see how he comes out of the race and make a decision going forward as he showed that he has the potential for the Classics,” Crawford said.


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