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Golden Marlin aims and fires in Wishing Well

Saturday, January 15, 2005 12:00 AM
  • General
Five for Sarvis, three for Foley on the day
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 15, 2005 . . . Golden Marlin fired her big closing kick at the flying Jinny’s Gold in the final furlong of the Wishing Well Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park and ran her down to get the win. The victory was one of five on the day for jockey Dean Sarvis and the third from three starters for trainer Greg Foley.

Sarvis had Golden Marlin well placed in fourth down the backstretch and third around the turn as Jinny’s Gold blistered the front in :21.72, :44, and :56.19. “The fractions were good for us,” said Foley. “That filly [Jinny’s Gold] was flying. I was concerned at the top of the lane whether we were going to catch her or not, and then at the eighth pole it looked like we were going to get to her.”

Jinny’s Gold stayed in to take second, a length behind the winner. Moonlit Romance nosed out the tiring Nattitude and finished 4 1/2 lengths back in third. Final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.11 over a track rated good. Off as the 3-5 favorite, Golden Marlin paid $3.20, $2.40, and $2.40.

Said Sarvis, “[The leader] got out there a little bit farther than I wanted, but Golden Marlin made a big run when I asked her. Greg does a great job with her. She feels great, and when you call on her she gives you a big, big run. She fought hard all the way to get to that horse and from the sixteenth pole home was really just drawing away. The horse on the lead ran a big race. Golden Marlin had to go after her to catch her; it wasn’t that she came back to me. My filly dug in and went and got her.”

The win was Golden Marlin’s first since May 2004, although she was bankable all last year with eight in-the-money finishes in nine starts. “It was kind of a hard luck year for her,” said Foley. “She probably should have won a couple of those races—just a little bad luck here and there. She runs hard every time.”

Foley said the five-year-old mare will run one or two more times before retiring to the breeding shed. “She’s a pretty valuable mare, a Grade 3 winner,” he said. “Hopefully her babies will run just like her.” Saturday’s win lifted her career earnings to just under $380,000 in 24 starts. Golden Marlin is owned by the estate of Joe Famularo and William Glass.

Completing the order of finish in the Wishing Well were Nattitude, Christmas Time, Honourable Asset, Regale, and Senorita Ziggy. Casa Nekia and Parisian Deputy scratched.

The Wishing Well was Sarvis’ fifth win, fourth in a row, and third for Foley on Saturday’s 12-race card. The two also teamed for wins in the seventh race with Louderfasterharder and in the ninth race with Go Silver. “It was a big day today,” Sarvis said. “I just have a lot of people giving me great opportunities and I have a great agent [Steve Elzey] who is as good as they come. He’s great at his job, and I just appreciate everybody giving me the opportunity to ride these kind of horses.” Sarvis also had five wins at Turfway on January 12.

Racing returns to Turfway on Sunday with first post at 1:10 p.m.

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