Foyt horse in Derby

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

A.J. Foyt has found some new horse­power at age 82. The four-time In­di­anapo­lis 500 win­ner will be root­ing for Colonels dark temp er in the $500,000 In­di­ana Derby to­day. Foyt owns the 3-year-old colt and a vic­tory would be the big­gest of the re­tired driver’s long ca­reer own­ing race­horses. How­ever, he won’t be at In­di­ana Grand to watch. Foyt’s rac­ing team is com­pet­ing at the IndyCar stop in Toronto this week­end. “He’s com­pet­i­tive, that’s what A.J. is,” said Jinks Fires, who trains the colt. “He likes rac­ing, no mat­ter cars or horses. But he un­der­stands that if you get beat, you get beat. Pretty much turn the page and go to the next one.”Foyt pur­chased Colonel s dark temp er for $35,000 two years ago in Ken­tucky. The colt didn’t race as a 2-year-old and won his de­but in Fe­bru­ary at Oak­lawn Park in Hot Springs. He fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stake sat Churchill Downs. Colonels dark temp er is a son of Travers win­ner Colonel John. The colt will be rid­den by Jon Court, the son-in-law of Fires.

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