Saturday, December 23, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 23, 2006 . . . In a race loaded with speed, Miss A. Bomb lived up to her name Saturday at Turfway Park, taking the $50,000 Gowell Stakes for two-year-fillies at odds of 21.90-1.
Breaking from the outside post, jockey Orlando Mojica hustled Miss A. Bomb quickly toward the rail and then settled her in fourth behind the early pace set by Miss Holiday Inn, who set the first quarter at :21.55 and the second at :45 flat. Miss A. Bomb took a clear lead in mid-stretch, drifting out a bit but holding off odds-on favorite Over the Edge to get the win. Over the Edge angled outside the leader and then to her inside before coming on strongly to finish a neck back in second. Sheets, who pressed the early pace, finished another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.
Over the Edge and Miss A. Bomb bumped briefly in the turn but a claim of foul by the rider of Over the Edge was not allowed.
"That was the plan," said winning trainer Grant Hofmans of Mojica's early move. "I wanted him to sit off the speed and then I saw she broke so well and I thought, oh, no. But he did a real good job getting her to relax a little bit. I knew there would be a lot of speed ahead of us, but this filly's pretty quick. She looks at horses a lot, all the time looking, but I knew Orlando's a real strong rider and could get her on by them."
Completing the order of finish were Taletobetold, She's Impossible, Shezadoubleagent, Colton's Magic Cat, Babes, and Miss Holiday Inn. Rich N Clever, Richwood Gold, Spooked, and Igraine scratched.
Miss A. Bomb finished the six furlongs in 1:09.99 and paid $45.80 for the win. Owned by Dick Colvin and William D. Gould, the Lemon Drop Kid filly broke her maiden at Turfway in September at first asking and now has two wins and one second in five starts for career earnings of $51,510. The Gowell Stakes is her first stakes win. Hofmans said she likely would start next in the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway in mid-January.
Turfway is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and then open for live racing from Tuesday, December 26, through Monday, January 1, with first post at 1:10 p.m. each day.