High Powered was the winner of the sixth race at Belterra Park earlier this afternoon. It was the ninth victory of his career. High Powered was standing quietly in the gate for a change when the two-horse started acting up. That caused High Powered to start throwing his head up and down. As a result, he was a step slow out of the gate and found himself trailing the field as they headed into the first turn. Victor rode High Powered patiently as he still trailed the field at the half-mile mark as the leader, No Hang Charlie, set decent fractions of 23.38 and 46.99. High Powered finally started kicking it into gear as they went into the far turn. Midnight JJ and Cappy Hour had put away No Hang Charlie midway through the turn with High Powered looming in fourth in about the five-path. High Powered was still in fourth place when they turned for home. Making a furious charge through the lane, High Powered snatched the lead wth about 50 yards to run and pulled away to win by almost two lengths.
While High Powered has won coming well off the pace in the past, it has been a while since he’s done so. Victor did a great job settling him early and getting him to relax instead of rushing up to get in the mix. High Powered is now 9-12-7 from 54 starts. He is tied with Conjuring for the most career wins in the stable. Initial indications are that he has come out of the race in great shape.