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Yucatan holds on for first stakes win

Saturday, January 28, 2006 12:00 AM
  • General
Leparoux posts second five-win day
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 28, 2006 . . . Saintly Look bore down on Yucatan in the last half-furlong of the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, but Yucatan held fast to win the 6 1/2 race by a quickly diminishing neck. The Forego is the first stakes win for Yucatan and the first Turfway stakes win for jockey Gregory Schaefer.

“This is probably one of the best horses I ever trained,” said winning trainer Sherman Mitchell, who has been coaching horses on the Kentucky circuit since 1961. Noting the fast fractions in the early going —:22.85 and :45.66— Mitchell said, “I wasn’t worried at all. He’s got plenty of speed.”

Breaking from the rail, Yucatan took the lead away from Eyeforglory within the first quarter-mile and ran with the latter just off his flank to the top of the turn. Ten lengths off the lead at the half-mile call, Saintly Look ate up the stretch with his big move, leaving Eyeforglory 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

Bettors sent Yucatan to the gate as third choice at 9-2. Stopping the clock at 1:18.86, he paid $11.60, $6.20, and $4.60. Yucatan is owned by Gilbert and Peter Simon.

Private Horde finished fourth in what is likely his last race, according to trainer Joe Cain, who said the seven-year-old is probably headed for stud duty via the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale next month. Private Horde posted a 13-10-4 record in 47 career starts for earnings of $728,643. Among his wins were seven stakes, including the 2003 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G2) at Saratoga. His record at Turfway stands at 7 wins from 16 starts, including the Forego Stakes in 2003 and 2005 and the Marfa Stakes in 2003 and 2004.

Completing the order of finish in this year’s running of the Forego were Esprit Du Roi, Paging, City Rapid, and Patrol. Doc D and Bavarian Prince scratched.

Leparoux wins five
For the second time in two weeks, apprentice rider Julien Leparoux won five races on one card, finishing first with half his mounts. In Race 4, the 1-2 favorite Unbridled Tale overcame a bobbled start to catch the leader late. In Race 6, Honoring, also the favorite, took his early lead all the way to the wire. Leparoux won Race 7 with third-choice Twist of Lemon, who closed to win despite a rough start. He finished with back-to-back wins in the 11th and 12th races, closing with favorites Father Party and True Blessing, respectively. Leparoux posted his first five-win day on January 15.

Pick 6 tops $55K
The Pick 6 went unclaimed again Saturday, sending a $55,627.34 carryover to Sunday’s card. Racing continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

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