Sunday, December 26, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 26, 2004 . . . Jockey Rafael Bejarano lost both his stirrups but none of his composure as he guided Angel Trumpet to victory in the 20th running of the $50,000 Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park Sunday.
“She jumped out of the gate and took off very fast, and I went back,” Bejarano said, using his hands to describe the filly’s short leap forward and his own equal-and-opposite reaction. “But it didn’t matter to her.”
Still urging the horse into position, Bejarano regained both irons within the first furlong as Angel Trumpet vied for the lead with Coronado Rose. Coronado Rose flew through the first quarter-mile in :21.46, relinquished the lead at the half, and stayed to finish second, three lengths behind the winner. Im a Dixie Girl, also trained by Flint, was another 3/4 of a length back in third.
Angel Trumpet now has three wins, three seconds, and one third in eight tries for trainer Bernard Flint and breeder/owner Dreabon Copeland. The filly, who broke her maiden in her first start back in June, has earned more than $145,000. The Gowell is her first stakes victory.
Final time for the six furlongs over a fast track was 1:09.62. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Angel Trumpet paid $4.00, $2.60, and $2.10.
Completing the order of finish were Lady Lola, Smart Voyager, Queens Over Jacks, Lenarue, and Every Other Memory. Crimson Flame and Black Eyed Susie scratched.
As usual during the Christmas holidays, racing continues all week at Turfway, including Monday and Tuesday. First post each day through Sunday, January 2, is 1:10 p.m. ET.