All of the major action was at Woodbine Racetrack over this past weekend. While Holy Helena dusted the boys in the marquee event known as the Queen’s Plate with odds, and Green Mask made short work of his rivals in the Highlander Stakes as the odds on preference, Go Bro wasn’t going to let all the favorites have the fun. The six-year-old stunned the 2017 King Edward field as a 44/1 longshot.
To be clear, Go Bro was never a consideration for handicappers and that’s largely because he almost never runs in stakes races. So when we say “upset” we damn well mean it. Nobody saw this coming.
“He broke sharp and I knew we were going slow, so I let him be there. It set up very good,” jockey Jesse Campbell said before echoing a strange sentiment about the race. “I say it all time—I’d rather be lucky than good. The race went our way and the horse showed up.”
The stunner was the first graded stakes victory for trainer Michael Keogh, who was last in the winner’s circle with Last Answer in the 2007 Nijinsky Stakes. It may have taken a decade to get back, but the 2017 King Edward stakes victory has to be just as sweet.
With the 2017 King Edward Stakes victory, Go Bro delivered a monsterous $91.30, $34.20, and $10.20 across the board. Hootenanny paid $8.20 and $4.70, and Tower of Texas was just $2.50 to show. Tower of Texas has to be the most disappointed after entering as the favorite.
It’s been a very modest career for Go Bro, who now holds a record of 4-6-3 over 20 starts and just $338,786 in career earnings. The 2017 King Edward Stakes win will likely end up being his career highlight, but it’ll be hard to ignore this tempting longshot when you see him on the board next. I’d rather bet on talent than luck, but if Jesse Campbell is back in the saddle then I might have to rethink my strategy.