Commander Two strikes at 8-1 in 2000 Guineas
COMMANDER TWO on Sunday ran the field into the ground, making virtually all the running in the 2000 Guineas at odds of 8-1 with non-claiming apprentice, Javaniel Patterson.
Chased for the entire mile by 7-1 chance WITHOUT EXCEPTION and 14-1 outsider WESTERN LEGEND, COMMANDER TWO lasted home by a neck in a driving finish.
WESTERN LEGEND rallied strongly on the inner to get within a neck of COMMANDER TWO as jockey Robert Halledeen tried to close a Guineas double after landing Saturday's fillies' race with DISABILITY CHARM.
WITHOUT EXCEPTION, who ran as recently last week Saturday, winning at 1000-metre round, stayed on to finish third with Gary Richards.
Patterson surprised everybody, including trainer Patrick Taylor.
Patterson had been aboard COMMANDER TWO for six of his eight previous races, including three wins, the last two only a half-furlong short of the Guineas mile.
COMMANDER TWO set fast splits of 23.2, 45.3 and 1:11.0, covering the distance in 1:40.0.
Trainer Patrick Taylor said he was surprised when Patterson decided to make all.
"I gave him no instructions but I am elated. I feel so good, words can't explain," he said.