BRIGHT THOUGHT, WINNER OF SATURDAY’S SAN LUIS REY STAKES, HAS SET NEW WORLD RECORD FOR 1 ½ MILES ON TURF—ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RACING MANUAL

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2013)—Bright Thought, a scintillating 3 ¼ length winner of Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes going 1 ½ miles on turf, has established new world record time of 2:22.72, according to the American Racing Manuel, official record keeper for American racing. The time eclipsed Hawkster’s record of 2:22.80, established on Oct. 14, 1989.

Originally recognized as a new stakes and track record on Saturday, recognition of Bright Thought’s final time as a world record was delayed due to the fact the initial three eighths of a mile in the San Luis Rey is run down hill. A review of previous record holders at the distance led to Sunday’s broader acknowledgment.

Santa Anita’s keeper of all things statistical, Morning Line Maker Jon White, weighed in thusly:
“The 2012 American Racing Manual, and every Racing Manual going back for many years, has listed Hawkster as the world record holder for a mile and one half,” said White. “The difference between world records and American records, are that a world record is the fastest time under any conditions, on any surface.”

Bright Thought, who is trained by Jorge Gutierrez and was ridden by Victor Espinoza, is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by the Sunday Silence stallion Hat Trick. He was bred in-part by Alex Venneri and is owned by Venneri Racing, Inc., and Gil and Marjorie Dye.

His next start will be on turf in either the Grade II San Juan Capistrano Handicap at 1 ¾ miles on closing day, April 21, or the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs May 4.