Saturday, January 24, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 24, 2009 . . . Success Success made the most of his first start at Turfway Park Saturday, catching the leader in deep stretch to win the $50,000 Forego Stakes by a neck. Golden Country was second, one length better than Officer Rocket in third.
The 6 1/2-furlong Forego was the first stakes win for Success Success, a six-year-old gelding trained by Paul McGee for David P. Holloway Racing Inc.
In a change from his usual style, Success Success was close to the pace early, racing just off the :23.20 and :46.77 fractions set by Mitigation and pressed by Golden Country.
"He usually comes from way out of it," said winning jockey Rodney Prescott. "He broke good, but they kind of got away from him a little bit when we left the gate. Otherwise we’d have been even closer. But he was there easy, and I didn't want to wrestle him back."
Urged on coming into the turn, Success Success drew all but even with the leaders as they straightened for home. Golden Country got the best of Mitigation and held the lead to well within the final half-furlong, but his strides were shortening and Success Success, racing hard to his outside, caught him about four strides before the wire. Final time was 1:19.30.
The 3-2 favorite Officer Rocket broke last along the rail and was fourth along the inside through most of the race. He swung wide around the leading threesome coming out of the turn and made a strong run that was not quite strong enough.
Completing the order of finish were Wait On Tate, Mitigation, Funky Pirate, Fort Apache Star, and Bawdens.
Success Success paid $11.80, $5.00, and $2.60 as the 9-2 fourth choice.
A Florida-bred son of Successful Appeal, Success Success improved his career record to five wins, six seconds, and four thirds in 19 starts, all but two at sprint distances. The $30,070 winner's share of the Forego pushed his career earnings to $164,621.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway with first post at 1:10pm.