Next was in a class by himself in Saturday’s $200,000 Greenwood Cup at Parx as he powered is way to a 25-length win to give the 5-year-old son of Not This Time his third straight stakes victory.
The flashy gray now has six stakes wins overall, three of them in graded stakes, and has earned $915,672.
Not This Time had two stakes winners on the Parx card, with One More Kelly getting her first career stakes win in the $100,000 Plum Pretty S. Not This Time now has 10 stakes winners this year and leads the Fourth-Crop Sire list and is in the top 10 on the General Sire list with over $9 million in progeny earnings.
Next, who won the July 27 Birdstone S. at Saratoga by a dozen lengths, doubled up on that margin with another tour de force on Saturday. He took the lead out of the gate and controlled the pace the entire trip. Ridin With Biden was in close pursuit for over a mile, but faded badly in the stretch as Next separated himself from the field at will. Under no pressure at all, he coasted under the wire to complete the 1 ½-miles on a sloppy track soaked by tropical storm Ophelia in 2:33.28.
“For us, they don’t come any better,” said trainer Doug Cowans. “He is so unique at what he can do, and I have been training horses for 30 years and have never had a horse that is this unique and can run these kind of distances. I have never seen him get tired. Every time, all the way to the races, he gives us confidence. Sometimes, you get overconfident. He makes me look good.”
Next is owned by Michael Foster and was bred in Kentucky by Silverton Hill, LLC.