A well-earned named for this different horse. Cyclops, a 3-year-old pacing colt by Dontgetinmyway out of Nuke Warm, earned his name honestly. He only has one eye, but that hasn't stopped this colt from doing his job.
Cyclops came to Scioto Downs on Thursday off a seventh-place finish at Hoosier Park. He had the nine hole last week and trainer Jim Dailey said beforehand, "He doesn't like to come from that far off the pace, I look for him to get a better trip tonight.”
Cyclops was in the 8th race on the 13-race card and started from the five post with driver Greg Grismore. Cyclops didn't disappoint his connections. Grismore gave him a perfect pocket trip and waited for the super stretch to get up in time. He stopped the timer in 1:56.4 and paced a last quarter in :28.3.
Cyclops lost his eye when he was only 2 weeks old. The colt and his mother got turned out to play for a few hours and when they went to bring him in the accident had already happened.
Cyclops was bred and is owned by Jerry Zosel of Columbus, Ohio and trained by Ohio native Dailey.
The colt was lightly raced at two. Only having eight starts, he earned two wins and a mark of 1:56.2 and a bankroll of $5,085. A great start for this homebred colt.
His 3-year old year has started well, with a win, a third and a fifth-place check, a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 and has already earned $5,400.
"He was good to break, but just like any baby he had good days and bad days," said Dailey. "As he got older he never got over the good days and bad days. He knows his job and he's consistent.”
His caretaker Stacy said, "His worst habit is going in and out of his stall, but he's a sweetheart to take care of besides that.” (Scioto Downs)