This magnificent colt is by a leading New York sire and a well-bred mare. He has the breeding to to run on any surface and compete at classic distances.PEDIGREE PAST PERFORMANCE PHOTOS
|Date||Track||Type of Race||Finish||Earnings|
|Aug 13, 2017||Sar||Md Sp Wt 73K||4||$3,650|
|Sep 10, 2017||Bel||Md Sp Wt 60K||7||$600|
|Sep 29, 2017||Bel||Md Sp Wt 60K||8||$400|
|Nov 8, 2017||Aqu||Md 40000||2||$8,200|
|Nov 22, 2017||Aqu||Md 40000||2||$8,200|
|Dec 15, 2017||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 55K||2||$11,000|
|Jan 28, 2018||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 55K||2||$11,000|
|Mar 18, 2018||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 55K||3||$5,500|
|Feb 1, 2019||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 68K||5||$2,720|
|Feb 7, 2019||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 60K||2||$12,000|
|Feb 22, 2019||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 60K||4||$3,600|
|Mar 23, 2019||Aqu||Md Sp Wt 60K||5||$2,400|
|Apr 12, 2019||Aqu||Md 40000||2||$8,200|
|May 4, 2019||Bel||Md 40000||4||$2,460|
|May 17, 2019||Bel||Md 40000||1||$22,550|
|Total Earnings for Hibiscus Stables||$102,480|
GiveTheMan a Cigar broke his maiden in impressive fashion at Belmont Park on Friday putting away a field of 11 horses opening up and drawing away by 4 ˝ lengths. Braking from post 7 (program number 9) GiveTheMan a Cigar raced two to three wide in pursuit from mid pack, came under coaxing at the three-eighths, swung five wide into upper stretch, rallied to take command nearing the eighth pole, then drew clear under a drive to prevail.
We spoke with trainer Chris Englehart after the race and Chris said, “We’ve had a lot of near misses with this horse. He was long overdue. He put it all together today.”
We also spoke with Hibiscus Stables CEO Mike Oliveto after the race. Mike said, “This guy has had some tough racing luck and some highly questionable rides. Today, when I saw Alphalfa scratched I immediately got Chris on the phone and had him switch us to Jose Lezcano. Jose is the hottest turf sprint rider at the meet right now. As you can see that move paid off in spades. The result speaks for itself. I’m proud of this horse and I’m elated for the partners.”
GiveTheMan a Cigar earned $22,500 for Friday’s victory.
We’ll see how GiveTheMan a Cigar comes out of the race and Chris will point him accordingly
GiveTheMan a Cigar is entered to run in Friday’s 9th race at Belmont Park which is a Maiden $40,000 Claiming race going 6 furlongs on the turf for 3-year-olds and up. He drew post position 9 and leading jockey Jose Lezcano is named to ride. Lezcano currently leads the Belmont Park jockey standings with 15 wins and a 39% winning percentage.
GiveTheMan a Cigar is currently the 7-2 Daily Racing Form morning line favorite in the race. One DRF handicapper selects as his second choice in the race.
The purse for this race is $41,000.
First race post time is 1:30 PM and GiveTheMan a Cigar's race is Race 9 which is scheduled to go off at 5:44 PM. As always there will be a Hibiscus table in the clubhouse restaurant. Everyone is invited to join us at Belmont Park for a fun day of racing.