Blazing Sevens blitzes foes late to win Champagne S. (G1)

Blazing Sevens gave Eaton sales its first of two Grade 1 winners on Saturday with a come-from-behind victory in the $500,000 Champagne S. (G1) at Aqueduct.

Eaton Sales offered the colt on behalf of Donovan Bradshaw Ltd. at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearlings sale, where he was purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent for Rodeo Creek Racing, for $225,000.

Blazing Sevens, who was third in the Hopeful S. (G1) in early September, found the extra furlong of the Champagne to his liking. He lingered near the back of the six-horse field through the first half-mile, which went in :47.09. On the turn, jockey Flavien Prat took Blazing Sevens four-wide and was within two lengths of the lead at the top of the stretch. He slowly cut into that margin before kicking into another gear in the final sixteenth, drawing away to win by 3 ¼-lengths in 1:37.07 for the mile over a very sloppy track.

“He’s all class,” said winning trainer Chad Brown, who trained Blazing Sevens’ sire Good Magic to a second-place finish in the Champagne. “I want to thank Pete Bradley for picking him out and John and Carla Capek, the owners. This is their second year in owning horses and they’re lovely people, very deserving. If he comes out healthy, it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Brown was referencing the Juvenile (G1), which runs next month at Keeneland. The Champagne is a qualifying race for the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series.

Blazing Sevens was bred by Tracy Farmer and is the first foal out of Trophy Girl, who is a sister to Grade 1 winner King David.