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Harry’s Holiday Dominates 96ROCK Stakes

Saturday, February 1, 2014 6:17 PM
  • Spiral Stakes

Harry’s Holiday Dominates 96ROCK Stakes
Maker Trainees Finish One-Two

FLORENCE, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Harry’s Holiday hooked up with Bisque from the start of the 96ROCK Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday and then easily put him away turning for home, drawing off to win by eight lengths. Artemus Coalmine, the 6-5 favorite, dug in to get the nod in a photo for second, a nose better than Bisque.

Mike Maker trains both Harry’s Holiday and Artemus Coalmine.

Harry’s Holiday and Bisque broke side by side from post four and five, respectively, with Bisque getting first jump to set the quarter-mile in :23.01. A head back at that mark, Harry’s Holiday pushed the issue to gain a head advantage of his own and set the half-mile in a quick :45.51. By the time six furlongs were behind him in 1:10.38 he was already ahead by five lengths and cruising to the wire. Artemus Coalmine, usually also a frontrunner, found himself racing off the pace and was carried wide by Bisque in the stretch. 

Final time for the 6 1/2-furlong contest for 3-year-olds over Polytrack was 1:16.72.

Behind Bisque came Forfeit, Reflector, I Need a Miracle, and Dubaele. Midnight Shine was scratched by his trainer.

The 96ROCK was the first stakes win for Harry’s Holiday.  The race was also the colt’s first encounter with an all-weather surface.

“We thought this was a good fit for him,” said Maker, who watched the race from Gulfstream Park. “I wasn’t concerned about the Polytrack. He shipped to Turfway (from Florida) yesterday and we schooled him in the gate and that was it.”

Maker said he also wasn’t concerned about the quick pace during the half-mile argument for the lead.  “It looked like he was well in hand for (jockey) Rodney (Prescott).”

Prescott originally had been named to ride Midnight Shine. When that horse scratched he was available to pick up the mount on Harry’s Holiday, replacing Jeremy Rose to maintain the colt’s assigned weight of 118 lbs.

“He broke sharp and just went about his business,” Prescott said. “He’s a very nice colt; when I asked him he took off.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to ride him. How often does that work out, that your horse gets scratched and you pick up the winner?  The stars were aligned right, I guess.”

Maker said Harry’s Holiday will likely remain at Turfway and point next to the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 1, the second local prep for the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3).

Sent off second choice at 5-2, Harry’s Holiday paid $7.40, $3.20, and $2.20.

Harry’s Holiday improved his record to 3-1-0 in five starts, the last four for owners Skychai Racing and Terry Raymond; the latter claimed the Harlan’s Holiday colt out of his winning debut last September at Churchill Downs. The 96ROCK Stakes win pushed his earnings to $72,216.

Racing at Turfway continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m.  The card includes a $3,098 carryover on the Super Hi 5.

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