Saturday, September 6, 2014

Arlington Stakes Recap: Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) and Arlington-Washington Lassie (L)

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2014) – Doubledown Stables' Recount, third behind Private Prospect when they faced off in Iowa last month, turned the tables with a head-bobbing victory over that rival in the Grade III $125,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity.  The son of Limehouse covered the seven furlongs over Polytrack in 1:24.25 to give jockey Emmanuel Esquivel his first graded stakes victory.  
        "Turning for home I said, 'I can't lose this.' I knew I had a lot of horse," Esquivel said. "I was a little afraid because he kind of waited for the other one at the end. I was full of horse the whole way around."
On earning his first stakes win he added, "It's like winning your first race.  It's really exciting. I've been working real hard to win a stakes race and getting the opportunity to ride in stakes (races)."
Unlike in his previous start at Prairie Meadows, the Jimmy DiVito-trained Recount broke alertly and dictated the pace of 23.13 seconds for the quarter, 46.67 seconds for the half-mile and a three-quarter mile split of 1:11.23 before engaging in a stretch-long battle with Private Prospect and One Go All Go.
        "He's a natural speed horse," DiVito said.  "(In his last race at Prairie Meadows), he broke a little funny because of the lights and he was a little bit hesitant."
        The Futurity was the first stakes win and second victory in three starts overall for Recount, who earned $73,500 to boost his bankroll to $112,060.
        The previously unbeaten Private Prospect had to settle for the place spot, a head clear of One Go All Go.
"He ran a great race but I'm a little bit disappointed," said jockey Jesse Campbell, who rode the runner-up. "He broke good and I put the race in his hands. He had the winner collared at the top of the lane, on his outside. I was pretty disappointed he didn't show me a little more turn of foot down the lane because it wouldn't have taken much to get by that horse. At one point, I think I (fell back to) third but he fought back to get second but it's still a little disappointing."
        Sent off as the 19-10 favorite, Recount paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.80. Private Prospect returned $4 and $4.  One Go All Go paid $3.40.
        Bourbon Cowboy, Ike Walker, Seraph and Mr Lightning Boy completed the order of finish in the field of seven juveniles.
        One race earlier, Destiny Oaks of Ocala's Quality Rocks kept her record perfect with her second victory in as many starts following her 3½-length score in the Listed $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.  Rosemary Homeister Jr. was aboard the William Helmbrecht-trained daughter of Rock Hard Ten who got the seven furlongs in a stakes-record 1:24.88.
        Homeister kept Quality Rocks just off the front-running Sarah Sis who set a pace of 23.22 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.30 seconds for a half-mile before being overtaken just before the eighth pole. 
        "She broke really sharp," Homeister said.  "I figured the 2 (Sarah Sis) and the 4 (Puntsville) had the speed.  They told me she had good speed and if I could get her to relax a little bit that she'd finish for me.  When (Sarah Sis) went, I just took my filly back and she just settled beautifully.  They did a great job conditioning this filly and when I asked her in the stretch she was gone.  She kept running and she was focused when she got the lead."
        The win was worth $58,800 for Quality Rocks, who according to the trainer's daughter, Laura, is being sent to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott to continue her career, "Billy Mott is going to get her after this race so she's going on to bigger and better things."
        Even-money favorite Sarah Sis was a clear second in the field of seven 2-year-old fillies. It was another 3¼ lengths back to third-place finisher Happy to Go.
        "She ran a beautiful race, she was just more nervous today than the last time, the first time she ran," said Julio Felix of his trip aboard the beaten favorite. "I think she ran her race a little before the race. She got tired today; it was the first time she got challenged, that we asked her to do anything. She just got a little tired, and the filly that beat us is a nice horse."
        Quality Rocks paid $10.40, $4 and $3.40 as the 4-1 second choice in the wagering.  Sarah Sis returned $2.80 and $2.20.  Happy to Go paid $3.60.
        Puntsville, Susan's Day, Lemon Gala and Sugar Talk completed the order of finish.
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