Videos tagged with "front-running"

Gonzalez guides Mister Acpen to front-running victory in 2003 Bay Meadows Handicap [03:18]
Roberto Gonzalez was renowned for his ability to ride front-running horses, and the jockey took advantage of that skill when he piloted Mister Acpen to victory in the 2003 Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap. Trainer Kristin Mulhall shipped the 5-year-old, a two-time Group 1-winner in his native Chile, north from her base in Southern California.
Tags: 2003, bay, meadows, breeders', cup, handicap, mister, acpen, chilean, horse, racing, san, mateo

Ask the Moon - 2011 Ruffian Invitational (G1) [02:06]
Jockey Javier Castellano put the finishing touches on a winning weekend at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday afternoon, piloting 18-1 longshot Ask the Moon to a front-running victory in the Grade 1, $250000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap, the rider's third graded stakes win in just over 24 hours. Castellano, who swept the Spa's Saturday stakes with Stay Thirsty in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Zagora in the Grade 1 Diana, put Ask the Moon in front coming out of the gate and led the field of seven fillies and mares through an opening quarter-mile in 23.61 and a half in 46.92. As Super Espresso, favored Payton d'Oro and Tiz Miz Sue began to mount their bids behind her on the turn, the 6-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon opened up through the lane, hitting the wire 5 ¾ lengths clear for her first Grade 1 victory. Her winning time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:50.46.
Tags: ask, the, moon, ruffian, nyra, horse, racing, saratoga

2011 Kentucky Debry [02:25]
Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom came from off the pace and roared down the stretch to win the 137 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by 2 3/4 lengths. Second in the classic race was Nehro, who finished a neck in front of Mucho Macho Manin third. It was three-quarters of a length back to front-running Shackleford finished fourth. Race footage from NBC NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED
Tags: Kentucky Derby, horse racing, Animal Kingdom

Inherit the Gold - 2011 Excelsior (G3) [02:04]
Inner track dynamo Inherit the Gold reeled off a fifth consecutive win Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, brilliantly transferring his form to the main track to take the 99th running of the Grade 3, $100000 Excelsior. It was the first graded stakes victory for the 5-year-old son of Gold Token, who patiently stalked front-running Understatement through early fractions of 24.75 and 49.47. Easily overtaking the pacesetter as they turned for home, Inherit the Gold drew off to win by 6 ¼ lengths. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite in the field of five, Inherit the Gold completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.34 returned $4.80 to his backers in the Caribbean Day crowd of 6317. "It was a perfect trip," said Jimmy Hooper, who earned his first graded stakes win as a trainer in the Excelsior. "Eddie [Castro] knew he might have to stay a little closer today and he did. It's whenever he decides he wants to make the move. Eddie's done a great job with him." Castro piloted the New York-bred gelding to all four of his inner track victories this winter -- two optional claimers, the Mr. International overnight stakes and the Kings Point -- and has been Inherit the Gold's regular rider since October. "There was only one horse with speed in the race, so I could stay fairly close," Castro said of the Excelsior. "I rode him the same today; I didn't want to change. When I asked him to move, he did. He's getting better. It was a tough race today. There were a lot of nice horses." Now 7-3-2 from 14 ...
Tags: nyra, horse, racing, aqueduct, inherit, the, gold, excelsior, eddie, castro

Dixie City - The Demoiselle (G2) [02:23]
The Grade 2, $200000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies went to Dixie City, who used similar front-running tactics to draw off to a decisive victory. After dicating a half in 48.19, Dixie City turned back a challenge from favored Believe in AP nearing the quarter pole and was kept to task to find the wire 3 ¼ lengths to the good of that rival. "[Trainer] Tony [Dutrow] told me, 'Do whatever you have to do,'" said jockey Jose Lezcano. "She broke so sharply I wasn't about to take hold of her. On the backside, I went inside, and she gave me a big run. When I saw [Ramon Dominguez and Believe in AP] I didn't know how much horse he had, but I knew I had more." Dixie City, part of a coupled entry that went off as the 9-5 second choice, paid $5.60 for a $2 win wager and stopped the timer in 1:52.84 for 1 1/8 miles. "I didn't think the distance was much of an issue as she's bred to go long," said Dutrow. "She had running on her mind, and they let her set a nice, easy pace." An Edward P. Evans homebred, Dixie City has won three of her last four starts, taking two straight at Parx Racing on August 31 and October 2 and finishing third in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct on November 6. The $120000 winner's share of the Demoiselle purse boosted her earnings to $203180. Third-place finisher Tap for Luck was followed by Tempted winner Full Moon and Summer Laugh.
Tags: dixie, city, nyra, horse, racing, demoiselle, aqueduct, lezcano, pletcher

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