Author: Wynn Elliott

Spring Fever Stakes Quotes

Santa Anita Press Release RAFAEL BEJARANO, SHOW IT N MOE IT, WINNER: “She always tries really hard and she always wants to be on the lead. This was the first time she’s ever had to be on the inside though and she freaked out a little being out on the lead down inside. She started to lug out but I didn’t want to try and fight with her too much. I wanted to play it by ear and as we came to the turn she was calming down and going back to the rail. As we did though, the three, S Y Sky, was coming through on the rail which wasn’t what I wanted but I also finally was getting us where I wasted us to be, on the outside. She’s always had an outside position so once that horse was down to her inside, it was good. In the stretch she fought and came back strong. She did a very good job today. I had to work a little harder on her today. In the beginning I had to use her a bit and I think six and-a-half or seven furlongs are better distances for her, but she still got it done.” Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Jockey Rosales Rides First Career Winner Sunday at Laurel

Laurel Park Press Release LAUREL, MD – Morgan’s Ford Farm, Linda Walls and Kingdom Bloodstock’s Pink Pearl forged a short lead after a half-mile and drew off to a 4 ¼-length upset of Sunday’s opener at Laurel Park to give jockey Victor Rosales his first career riding victory. Rosales, 29, dedicated his milestone triumph to Emerson Schoenthal, the 4-year-old son of winning trainer Phil Schoenthal who is home and doing well following heart transplant surgery Jan. 18. “This race is for Emerson,” he said. “They are caring for him.” Pink Pearl ($15.60), a Virginia-bred daughter of 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and 2013 Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, ran seven furlongs over a fast main track in 1:25.77 in the $22,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-old fillies. “It’s amazing. It’s what I’ve been working for, to get something like that,” Rosales said. “I want to thank everyone at the barn and all the team who helped, and the owners.” Breaking from Post 5 in the field of 7, Pink Pearl saved ground along the inside pressing Simmard Shenanigan through a quarter-mile in 23.48 seconds, wrested the lead away after a half in 47.23 and extended her advantage down the stretch to win in her third career start for trainer Phil Schoenthal. Though he was aboard Pink Pearl in a race for the first time, Rosales, 29, became familiar...

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Stays on a Roll with Six-Win Presidents Day

Gulfstream Park Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Hot riding Irad Ortiz Jr. notched his sixth straight multi-win day Monday, riding six winners, five in starter stakes, on the Presidents Day program at Gulfstream Park. The reigning Eclipse Award champion scored aboard Lucky Long ($3.60) in the $60,000 Mary Todd (Race 5), Wildwood Dancer ($4.80) in the $60,000 Rail Splitter (Race 6), Midtown Rose ($4.40) in the $60,000 Queen Mother (Race 8),  Zulu ($6.20) in the $60,000 Old Hickory (Race 10), Your Only Man ($6.20) in the $60,000 Old Man Eloquent (Race 11), and Souper Jaguar ($5.80) in a maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds on turf (Race 12). The six-win day, which was one win short of the Gulfstream record co-held by Luis Saez, Tyler Gaffalione and Jerry Bailey, was a personal best for Ortiz. “It’s amazing winning six races in one day. I’m so happy. I’m blessed. I’m just happy to be able to stay healthy and ride these kind of horses,” Ortiz said. “My agent [Steve Rushing] does a great job and the owners and trainers, they give me the opportunity. I appreciated that.” Ortiz has won 22 races in the last six racing days at Gulfstream. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Heartwood Comes Through as King Cotton Favorite

Oaklawn Press Release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019) – The well-traveled Heartwood, coming off a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Dec. 22, did not disappoint as the 2-1 favorite when he took Saturday’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes by a half-length over Control Stake. Ridden by David Cohen, Heartwood was a close second behind Florida Gordy through opening fractions of :22 1/5 and :45 3/5 for the first half mile. The winner took a narrow lead as the field entered the stretch and battled gamely to the wire, holding off the late closing Control Strike, who came from last. Florida Gordy was just a neck back in third. The final time was 1:09 4/5 over a fast track. “He ran very hard,” Cohen said. “The #3 horse (Gordy Florida) really dug in and made me really have to work for it. It didn’t come easy. I really thought I would get that type of setup and my horse showed a lot of heart. He kind of lived up to his name.” Heartwood, who races for owner-trainer James Chapman and Stuart Tsujimoto, improved his record to 6-3-1 in 26 starts and has now earned $431,403. The 5-year-old Tapit horse returned $6.20, $3.60 and $3.00. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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San Vicente Stakes Quotes

Santa Anita Press Release JOEL ROSARIO, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER: “Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early.  When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up.  I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close.  I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens, recently retired Hall of Famer) and I’m happy with the way he ran today.  He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.” FLAVIEN PRAT, DESSMAN, SECOND:  “I moved too soon.  He fought back when he saw that horse…He ran great. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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