Tough Knight blitzes rivals at Longacres

12 Apr

April 12, 1987

Tough Knight made his 3-year-old debut 25 years ago today in the William E. Boeing Stakes at Longacres.

What a smasher it was.

The maiden blitzed seven rivals, winning by 10 lengths in the 5 ½-furlong dash.

The 2-1 favorite was ridden by Corey Black and trained by Mike Chambers.

Tough Knight was sired by Knights Choice and was bred by John Roche in Yakima. Roche owned the fleet runner in partnership with Lawrence Wright and George Cross, also of Yakima.

Tough Knight would run just two more times in his career. He won the Tacoma Handicap and the Joshua Green Cup that same year at Longacres.

He took the Tacoma by 8 lengths and the Joshua Green by 3.

“He’s the best I’ve ever ridden,” winning rider Jose Corrales said to the local media after the Joshua Green Cup victory. “He gives you everything without asking.”

He had only three opponents in the Joshua Green and the last time Longacres had a race with four runners occurred in 1961.

Tough Knight went on to a solid stud career. He sired 19 stakes winners, including WA champion Tough to Crack and his runners made over $5 million in purses.

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