Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., March 24, 2012 – Hogy drifted out in the stretch of the $50,000 Hansel Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday but he had plenty of margin to play with, winning by 6 3/4 lengths over Magical Season. Thomas Jefferson was third, another half-length back. Final time for the six furlongs was 1:10.33
Trained by Joel Berndt, Hogy was out first but settled back to race close to the pace before taking the lead into the stretch and easily drawing away. The filly She's Ready Made led through the first four of the race's six furlongs, blazing the first quarter in :22.07 and the half in :45.40, but she looked uncomfortable in the stretch and dropped out of contention. Magical Season closed from far back while his stablemate Thomas Jefferson raced seven-wide into the turn.
"(Hogy) was a little nervous in the post parade but it worked out real good," said winning jockey Tanner Riggs. "A few horses up front went a little bit (for the lead). I just tapped him on the shoulder early to keep his mind on running. At about the two-and-a-half (furlong) marker, he just started making his move."
Behind Thomas Jefferson were the 9-5 favorite Lockout, Desert Doc, She’s Ready Made, Tiz Tee Time, Fine, Sunday Mass, and Cowcutta.
Hogy went off the 5-1 third choice in the field of 10 3-year-olds and returned $12.40, $6.20, and $4.60.
Berndt noted that he's had the Hansel in mind for Hogy since last fall. "We chose Turfway because of the Polytrack. I knew he'd run well. He was training great and sitting on a big race. I trained him for the Arlington-Washington Futurity and he still ran fifth of 13, but I think the (one-mile) distance got to him. We'll keep him on Polytrack in the future, next time either something at Keeneland or Woodbine."
Hogy's fifth-place finish in the Arlington-Washington Futurity is his only route race in five starts and his only loss. A stakes winner at Canterbury Park, he has earned $94,565 for owner Alice Mettler.
Hogy was bred in Kentucky by Dr. John E. Little and is a gelded son of Offlee Wild out of Floy, by Petionville.