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Trainer Offers High Praise

Published: September 10, 2015 4:42 pm ET

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“He was just super from Day 1, and had a ton of natural ability. He rates right up there with some of the best I’ve trained and driven, including Koochie.”

All eyes will be upon the speedy Captain Greedy on Saturday night at Balmoral Park in the $74,000 Su Mac Lad Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings.

A winner of $117,026 lifetime, Captain Greedy is a homebred son of Yankee Valor and is the first foal out of the Armbro Tropicana mare Tropical Trixie. He was foaled at Brownstown, IL on March 6, 2012 and is co-owned by trainer-driver JD Finn and partner Charles Doehring and was bred by Cary and Kimberly Doehring.

“He was just super from Day 1, and had a ton of natural ability,” JD reported. “He rates right up there with some of the best I’ve trained and driven, including Koochie.”

As a freshman, Captain Greedy was a terror on the Illinois County Fair tracks, winning two Big Ten Colt stakes; at Newton in 2:06 and at Altamont in 2:03.3 when he stormed to victory by an astonishing 36½ lengths with his trainer at the lines.

“It’s difficult for me to say which of his races has impressed me the most,” JD said. “He’s given me so many good efforts and outstanding races that it’s really tough for me to choose.”

Captain Greedy’s first pari-mutuel victory as a freshman came on July 9 at Balmoral, when he trotted in 1:59.4. His other two-year-old triumphs include a 2:05.1 victory in the Downstate Classic at Lincoln, before taking the $30,000 Illinois State Fair Stake at Springfield in 1:58, which has been his best effort as a two-year-old. He followed that up with a 1:59.3 mile in the $17,000 Darn Safe at DuQuoin. He wrapped up the season with a 9-2-3 record from 17 starts, with earnings of $60,953.

This season, the now three-year-old Captain Greedy scored a trio of second-place finishes before scoring his first won on July 13 at Balmoral in 1:56.1. He also won the $7,706 Downstate Classic at Carrollton in 2:04.1; the $20,600 Hanover at Balmoral in 1:56.2 and the $6,800 Pronto Don at DuQuoin—when he was timed in a career best 1:55.4 for the one mile test.

“He’s become even more of a Cadillac this year,” JD offered.

Captain Greedy finished a strong second in his Su Mac Lad prep one week ago to Tricky Nick, timed in 1:56.3. In just 13 starts this year he’s amassed six wins, six seconds and a third in 13 trips postward with seasonal earnings of $56,433.

“I really can’t say much about him except that he’s one of the most naturally talented horses I’ve ever driven,” JD concluded. “Trotting fast just is part of his make-up.”


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