Custard The Dragon and his young driver—Montrell Teague—captured the $500,000 Hoosier Cup on June 25 in a career best time of 1:50s. That clocking was also a stakes and track record.
After sitting second on the rail through fractions of :27, :53.3 and 1:23, the son of Dragon Again unleashed a powerful :26.4 final quarter brush to prevail by a length and ¼ over rival Alsace Hanover (Scott Zeron) and Wink N Atcha (Yannick Gingras) who got up for third.
“Custard The Dragon is always like that, no matter what position he’s in,” Teague confirmed. “He always tries his hardest and never gets tired.”
At age 20, Teague’s triumph in the Hoosier Cup was his biggest stakes victory to date. He was also the youngest driver to win the event in the 15 years it has been contested at the Anderson, IN facility.
“This is my biggest win to date,” said Teague. “Before that, it was a $300,000 race. It’s an amazing feeling to win and get the record. Nobody can ever take this away from me.”
The Hoosier Cup victory marks the third for trainer George Teague Jr., who harnessed Total Truth to victory in 2006 and Mr Wiggles in 2009. Total Truth previously held the stakes and track record (1:50.1) for 3-year-old colts.
Custard The Dragon now has three wins in eight starts for owners Ted Gewertz, Robert Feldman, Fannin Racing and Teague, Jr. this season, and boosted his seasonal earnings to $456,238. His career bankroll tops out at $526,667.
“It feels really great to win this race again,” Teague Jr., acknowledged. “It’s double rewarding to win with Montrell driving. I always enjoy coming to Indiana to race.”
Bred by Winbak Farm, Custard The Dragon is the fourth foal out of the Jate Lobell mare Eternal Justice p,3, 1:53.1S ($65,123). The bay colt has half-siblings in the gelding Native Justice (by Allamerican Native) p, 3,1:53F ($79,965); the mare Allamerican Edge (by Four Starzzz Shark) p, 3,1:55.4F ($11,640); and Deminimis (by Artiscape) p, 6, 2:01.3H.