Global Campaign Runs Away From Tacitus In Woodward

It might have seemed that the Woodward Handicap would finally be the opportunity for favored Tacitus to claim a coveted Grade 1 victory, but Global Campaign had other plans. Under Luis Saez, Global Campaign took command out of the gate, closely tracked by Tacitus and never looked back. The big gray mounted a challenge in the turn but by midstretch was all out and unable to quite catch Global Campaign, who won the 1 1/4 mile contest with his ears up in a time of 2:01.40.

Stanley Hough trains the 4-year-old colt for Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm.

Tacitus settled for second, while Prioritize was third. Global Campaign’s final wining margin was 1 3/4 lengths.

Global Campaign, who was the second betting choice, paid $7.80 to win.

Global Campaign came to the Woodward off a win in the G3 Monmouth Cup on July 18. He also has a win in the 2019 G3 Peter Pan to his credit. He is the son of Curlin and A.P. Indy mare Globe Trot. Global Campaign was a $250,000 yearling at the 2017 Keeneland September Sale, where he was consigned by Select Sales and purchased by Sagamore.

The victory was the second on the Saratoga card for Saez.

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G1 Woodward Quotes, courtesy NYRA press office

Stanley Hough, winning trainer of Global Campaign (No. 4, $7.80): “I gained a lot of confidence in his last race when he took a couple challenges and drew off a bit [winning the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup on July 18]. I thought that was a good sign. His mile-and-an-eighth races were pretty good between the Peter Pan and the last race. One thing about this horse: if he’s ever got to lead at some point or another, he’s won the race. The only time he hasn’t won, he never got the lead.
“It worked out great. He rode a great race and he beat a very good horse. I think he’s got a good, steady rhythm to him. I think he’s definitely cut out for this distance.”

“I’m more than satisfied. He beat a good horse. We’re all excited. It’s a great win. That’s what the game is all about. You try to develop horses that will go on and be a sire and I believe he’ll make a good one.”

Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Global Campaign (No. 2): “He has a lot of speed. He broke pretty good from the gate today and was right there. He controlled the pace. I had a lot of pressure but I wasn’t worried about it. He kept fighting and he never gave up.

“I could feel the pressure and we were going fast but I felt like I had a lot of horse. He was running. That’s what he loves, running.

“He’s grown a lot. He feels stronger [and] he’s better.”

Jose Ortiz, rider aboard runner-up Tacitus (No. 2): “It was the perfect trip; we were very happy with the trip we had. It’s how Bill [Mott] drew it up. Kudos to the winner. He ran a huge race.”

Winning margin: 1 3/4 lengths
Final time (1 1/4 miles): 2:01.40
Fractions: 24.65, 48.89, 1:11.90, 1:35.42
Full order of finish: 4-2-6-5-1

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