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Tempus Fugit indeed in Likely Exchange

Saturday, February 12, 2005 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 12, 2005 . . . Tempus Fugit was in fact flying as she opened up a two-length lead early and never looked back in the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. First out of the gate, the five-year-old mare drew away to finish the mile 3 1/4 lengths in front of 4-5 favorite Golden Marlin, who made her run but couldn’t catch the winner.

“We asked [jockey] Orlando [Mojica] to keep her up there about two lengths in front,” said Gary Borgemenke, assistant to winning trainer Bernard Flint, who is at Oaklawn Park. “That’s her running style. If she gets an easy lead, she gets a big heart and keeps running. If she doesn’t, she kind of gets headed and stops.”

“I kept her at two lengths because we went [the quarter in] :22.46, and if I go more than that we go too fast for a mile. I knew the seven [Moonlit Romance] was putting some pressure on me, but I never let her past me,” said Mojica.

Golden Marlin, kept in fourth and asked to go just before the turn, was clearly the best of the rest, finishing 4 3/4 lengths ahead of 19-1 Evil Eye Aly in third.

Tempus Fugit’s final time for the mile was 1:37.85. Off at 7-2, she paid $9.80 for the win. Tempus Fugit is owned by Rob and Stacy Mitchell’s Briland Farm.

Completing the order of finish in the Likely Exchange were Plumlake Lady, Beaucette, Dick’s Chick, Miss Wellspring, U K Trick, Slewpy’s Storm, and Moonlit Romance. Kristina’s Wish and Mariaworth scratched.

The win was the second of the day for Mojica, who also won the fourth race aboard Alldiablo after a race-long speed duel. Mojica was unseated but unhurt in the fifth race when his mount, Seattle Dancer, shied into the rail at the head of the stretch after being struck with a right-hand whip. The horse, on the lead at the time, also was not hurt.

Live racing continues Sunday with first post at 1:10 p.m. ET. During February, the track has added Mondays to its usual Wednesday–Sunday simulcast schedule.

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