Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 20, 2010 . . . Stakes winner Mitigation got the best of a well-matched field of seven in Saturday's feature race at Turfway Park, taking the first running of the $30,000 March Madness Overnight Handicap by three-quarters of a length over Grand Daddy. Godolphin Gray was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third.
With Tom Pompell aboard, Mitigation sat a length back as stakes winners Flavor and Golden Country bumped and battled on the front end.
"I saw those two up there going together," said Pompell, "so I hung back and tried to let them go out there and kill each other off. I just sat back and waited for that to happen. We were going pretty quick. Coming home the 2 [Grand Daddy] had me a little worried but my horse never gave up."
Golden Country clocked the first quarter in :22.85, Flavor answered by getting the half-mile in :45.86, and Golden Country came back to mark five of the six furlongs at :58.28. Flavor yielded first and Mitigation took over from Golden Country inside the final furlong, finishing the race in 1:10.88. Grand Daddy was gaining from fourth but ran out of time to catch the winner. Godolphin Gray, also a stakes winner, trailed early after an awkward start but ran down the tiring pacesetters to get third.
Completing the order of finish were Golden Country, the 5-2 favorite Flavor, Parioli's Trick, and Xela.
Mitigation was second choice also at 5-2 and paid $7.60, $4.60, and $3.60.
In 27 career starts, Mitigation has five wins, three seconds, and nine thirds and earnings of $140,286. A five-year-old gelding by Cherokee Run, he began his career for Jay Em Ess Stable, including a win in Turfway's Hansel Stakes as a three-year-old. He entered the claiming ranks about a year ago and was taken for $25,000 last fall by trainer Mike Maker for Rose Barney's Scarlet Stable. After moving to Maker’s barn, he finished third as a claimer at Churchill Downs and since has earned two seconds and two wins in optional allowance and today's handicap competition.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway at 1:10pm.