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ONTHEWAYTONEVRLAND DOMINATES DRF BETS RUSHAWAY STAKES AT TURFWAY PARK

Sunday, March 10, 2019 1:30 PM
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ONTHEWAYTONEVRLAND DOMINATES DRF BETS RUSHAWAY STAKES AT TURFWAY PARK
Hawaiian Noises Wins Mayers Electric Company Animal Kingdom Stakes

March 9, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Onthewaytonevrland proved himself a worthy even-money favorite in the $75,000 DRF Bets Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, battling into the turn before drawing off to win by 3 ½ lengths over Bundibunan. Faraway Kitten was third, another 2 ¾ lengths back. Final time for the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds was 1:45.59.

The win was the second of three stakes victories on the day for trainer Wesley Ward and jockey Rafael Bejarano. The pair also won the Mayers Electric Company Animal Kingdom Stakes and the Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Ward by phone from Miami. “He seems to be a really nice one. The mile-and-a-sixteenth proves that his sire, No Nay Never, can get them to go around two turns.”

With some bumping going on ahead of him into the first turn, Bejarano elected to sit back with Onthewaytonevrland.

“He showed me speed in the beginning but I didn’t want to rush him,” said Bejarano. “If someone’s going to get crazy, I’ll settle and play it by ear and save a little for the end. He fought that other horse [long shot Kitchi] but I had something left down the lane.”

With Onthewaytonevrland right off his flank, Kitchi set a textbook pace, clocking the quarters in :24.58, :48.45 and 1:12.75 before ceding the lead to the winner coming into the stretch.

Onthewaytoneverland returned $4, $2.560 and $2.40 for the dominant win.

Bred in Ireland by his owner, Ice Wine Stable, Onthewaytonevrland is out of the Oasis Dream (GB) mare L’Ensorceleuse (IRE). The gelding has two wins and two seconds in four starts and earnings of $88,980. The Rushaway Stakes is his first black type win.

Hawaiian Noises Wins Mayers Electric Company Animal Kingdom Stakes

He had to fight the filly in a downpour to do it, but Hawaiian Noises prevailed to win the $50,000 Mayers Electric Company Animal Kingdom Stakes (BT) by a three-quarters of a length over Thunderous Gem at Turfway Park Saturday. Artemus Bridge was another 4 ½ lengths back in third.

Rafael Bejarano was in from California for the winning ride for trainer Wesley Ward, who also bred and owns the Super Saver colt.

“It was really tough, I mean, I had to check pretty sharp [out of the gate],” said Bejarano. “I saw those horses in front of me that [broke in front of him]. I just had to put him right behind them and get comfortable. At the top of the stretch, he really came running.”

The filly Thunderous Gem bobbled out of the gate but rushed to the lead to set a quick pace, :22.40 and :45.12 for the first two of the 6 ½ furlongs. Hawaiian Noises found a spot about a length behind her, caught her leaving the turn from the inside and needed the entire stretch to put her away. Final time was 1:18.61.

Hawaiian Noises was the 3-2 favorite and paid $5, $3.20 and $2.80.

The Animal Kingdom was the first black type win for Hawaiian Noises, who now has three wins in four starts and earnings of $83,465.

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