Independence Hall 'on to the next one' along Kentucky Derby trail

February 13, 2020 12:35pm

Michael Trombetta considers the race shape of last Saturday’s Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) — in which Independence Hall suffered his first career defeat — “a little bit of an anomaly.”

In an interview on the Horse Racing Radio Network’s “Trainer Talk” show, Trombetta said future 2020 Kentucky Derby trail options are open for the son of Constitution, who chased close to dueling pace setters in the Davis with another 12 1/2 lengths to third with a half-mile run.

Chapalu and Premier Star faded to finish last and second to last, while Independence Hall stayed on for second. The rallying Sole Volante won the Tampa Bay Downs prep.

“We were a little vulnerable, I believe, for the fact that we were chasing a hot pace at the time,” Trombetta told the Horse Racing Radio Network. “It probably left us with just a little bit more work to do than we could handle, and subsequently we finished second.

“The good news for us is he appears to have come out of the race in good order — on to the next one.”

Independence Hall had broken his maiden at Parx Racing, then posted back-to-back stakes scores at Aqueduct with a romp in the Nashua (G3) and a less visually impressive effort in the Jerome.

The Sam F. Davis marked Independence Hall’s first trip around two turns. Sole Volante, who ran fifth early on, beat him by 2 1/2 lengths in the end, with another 11 1/4 back to third.

“In this horse’s case,” Trombetta said of Independence Hall, “he’s run four times and he’s only lost once. I think that’s a pretty good hand to play.”

The trainer added that conversations between owners are coming up “shortly” to determine where Independence Hall may point next. He is based for now at TampaBay Downs.

Trombetta has saddled two Derby starters. His first, Sweetnorthernsaint in 2006, finished seventh as the favorite. Win Win Win, off at more of a price in 2019, was placed ninth at Churchill Downs.

The partnership of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Kathleen and Robert Verratti campaign Independence Hall, whose 14 Derby qualifying points are good for fourth on the current leaderboard behind Storm the Court (22), Tiz the Law (22) and Thousand Words (20).


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