08/13/2013 2:28PM

Dick Jerardi: Reid savors memories of ace sprinter Poseidon's Warrior

Barbara D. Livingston
Poseidon's Warrior won five stakes, including the Grade 1 Alfred Vanderbilt, for Parx-based trainer Butch Reid.

Trainer Butch Reid pretty much knew Poseidon’s Warrior was special from the start. After paying $90,000 for the colt at the 2010 Timonium 2-year-olds in training sale, Reid sent him out 10 weeks later to win his maiden at Parx Racing. Twenty races later, Poseidon’s Warrior’s career was over after winning five stakes and the first Grade 1 of Reid’s career, the 2012 Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

Reid was hoping to bring Poseidon’s Warrior back this year to race as a 5-year-old, but “he had some arthritis in his knees. He was still sound enough to go ahead and run him. If he was lesser of a horse, we could have done it. But knowing what kind of horse he was, we didn’t want to really run him and have him not be at his top level.”

Poseidon’s Warrior’s top level was a really good level. Three times, the horse paired 100 Beyer Speed Figures for six total in his 21-race career. He won at Parx, Monmouth Park, Penn National, and Delaware Park. He also raced at Presque Isle, Belmont Park, and Santa Anita in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. After winning the Vanderbilt, he was third in the Grade 1 Vosburgh.

“It was painful to watch Justin Phillip win the Vanderbilt,” Reid said. “We beat him last year.”

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As a Grade 1-winning son of Speightstown, Poseidon’s Warrior has been in some demand as a stallion. According to Reid, “a deal is signed and he will be standing stud.”

Reid is not quite ready to reveal where the horse will stand until everything is finalized, but it does not hurt that “Speightstown is the hottest stallion in the country right now.”

Like his sire, Poseidon’s Warrior was a sprinter. After that first start, all his races were between 5 1/2 furlongs and seven furlongs. Sixteen times, Poseidon’s Warrior raced at six furlongs, the classic American sprint distance.

“I’m not sure he couldn’t have gone a little further, too,” Reid said. “He was just so good at what he was doing. From Day 1, he was a stone racehorse and loved everything about it. He’s still at the barn in Philly, but he’d love to get back out there and get involved. He’s probably the best sprinter I’ve ever had for sure, my Grade 1 winner. He was a very talented horse.”

Reid has had a pretty good run the last few years with Hello Lover, the 2012 Parx horse of the year, and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Afleet Again. In fact, a winner’s circle photo from that Breeders’ Cup hangs near the entrance to the Triangle, the Saratoga Springs breakfast spot for Reid, his wife Ginny, and newly married daughter Whitney.

“They have the Afleet Again omelet up there, the Poseidon’s Warrior omelet,’’ Reid said. “I think they had a Whitney one too when she got married.”

And why wouldn’t they? Whitney got married a few furlongs away in late July, up East Avenue at the Sales Pavilion.

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