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The Adventures of Canonero II, Part 2 – From Caracas to Louisville

By Ramon Brito

Canonero II wins at La Rinconada with Gustavo Avila up. Photo courtesy of Venezuela Pasion Hipica

Canonero II wins at La Rinconada with Gustavo Avila up. Photo courtesy of Venezuela Pasion Hipica

The trip from Caracas, Venezuela to Louisville, Kentucky, was not the first travel back to the United States for Canonero II. After a successful debut as a two-year-old at La Rinconada Racetrack on Aug. 8, 1970, the bay colt was sent to Del Mar in California to participate in the Futurity, a race he was nominated to. He was first entered in an allowance race on Sept. 5, 1970 and finished a close third. Seven days later, he ran in the Del Mar Futurity, finishing fifth of nine competitors. Even though he didn’t win, Canonero II was not a total disappointment.

The son of Pretendre was sent back to Caracas.

He raced a total of nine more times, with five wins (one over a mile and a quarter) and three thirds. His only participation in a stakes race in Venezuela resulted in a dismal effort, as he finished last of 11 in Clasico Gobernador del Distrito Federal. With six wins in twelve starts, owner Pedro Baptista decided to… (more)

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