Courtesy of Santa Anita Arcadia, CA (May 28, 2023) — In a command performance, the Eric Kruljac-trained The Chosen Vron pounced on his competition a quarter mile from home and strode to a sensational 5 ½ length score in Sunday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the seventh straight time by Hector Berrios, the 5-year-old Vronsky gelding rang up his seventh consecutive stakes win while getting six furlongs geared down in 1:09.58.
The Thor’s Echo is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.
As expected, longshot Sunrise Journey, drawn on the far outside the Thor’s Echo four-pack and multiple stakes winner Clubhouse Ride, who broke to the inside of the Chosen Vron in post three, contested the early lead, with Sunrise Journey a short head in front at the half mile pole.
With these two racing as a team around the turn, The Chosen Vron looked like a big cat stalking his prey as he reeled them both in with consummate ease leaving the three sixteenths pole en route to the easiest of victories.
Most recently a nose winner going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in the statebred Sensational Star here on March 19, The Chosen Vron was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.20 with no show wagering.
Out of the Tiz Wonderful mare Tiz Molly, The Chosen Vron picked up his 12th win from 16 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $792,678.
Owned by Sondereker Racing, LLC, Eric Kruljac, Robert Fetkin and Richard Thornburgh, The Chosen Vron was bred by Tiz Molly Partners.
The longest shot in the field at 19-1, Tigre Di Slugo rallied for second money under Jose Valdivia, Jr. and paid $6.00 to place.
The winner of last year’s Thor’s Echo, Brickyard Ride was done turning for home and checked in third, 6 ¾ lengths behind the runner-up.
Fractions on the race were 21.82, 44.41 and 56.88.