Congratulations to David Ross’s Extravagant Kid, who had a nice third place finish in the Group I Kings Stand Stakes June 15 at Royal Ascot in Berkshire, England. The 8-year-old Kiss The Kid gelding finished less than two lengths behind the victorious Oxted in a five furlong straight sprint. Extravagant Kid was one of two U.S. invaders in the field of ten. The Brendan Walsh trainee captured his 38th career “top three” finish and pushed his 2021 bankroll to $682,523. Ross is a Virginia businessman, President of the VHBPA and is the all-time winningest owner at Colonial Downs and Rosie’s Gaming.
The Horse Racing Nation website provided more details on the race.
Extravagant Kid’s third-place finish in the Group 1 King’s Stand sprint provided America its best result on the first day of Royal Ascot in England.
Trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Extravagant Kid (14-1) raced in mid-pack most of the way before closing in on the leaders, finishing two lengths behind late-closing winner Oxted (7-2) and a neck from the long-shot runner-up Arecibo (45-1). The favorite Battaash (7-5) was fourth.
“I thought he ran great,” Walsh told Horse Racing Nation after watching the race on TV in Kentucky. “To go over there and run against those horses and run third like that, you can’t help but be over the moon. He’s a great little horse.”
An 8-year-old gelding owned by David Ross and sired by Kiss the Kid, Extravagant Kid was racing for the first time since he won the March 27 Al Quoz Sprint (G1) on the Dubai World Cup undercard.
“He just shows up every time,” Walsh said. “I couldn’t be happier with him.”
Walsh said Extravagant Kid is entered to race in the July Cup (G1), a six-furlong race July 10 at Newmarket, England.
“We’ll take in today and see how he comes out of it,” Walsh said. “We’ll think about it and go from there.”
Owner David Ross was contacted shortly after the race, on site at Royal Ascot.
“Being at a venue such as Ascot is a remarkable experience in and of itself,” said Ross. “Running in a Group 1 race like Extravagant Kid did today in the King’s Stand (a race that was inaugurated in 1860) is an honor and a privilege. For Extravagant Kid at the age of 8 to finish “in the money” was very special. We were thrilled, to say the least, to see and experience everything in person.
He has proven himself time and time again, and after three days worth (36 hours) of flying to and from Dubai, after winning the Group 1 World Cup Turf Sprint, then over to the UK to finish in the money in the Group 1 King’s Stand (beating some of the world’s best sprinters) has to make him ‘one of a kind’.”