Pataky Kid and Gold Edge – Stars of the Future!

The juveniles were featured in a pair of graded stakes races at Arlington Park today as Pataky Kid and Gold Edge take home victories in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Arlington-Washington Lassie! Let’s recap these Grade 3 races…















 (Pataky Kid!  Drawing by Mel of Daily Racing Funnies!)


The first of the two races featured the boys (and one filly) taking to the one-turn mile on the all-weather surface. It was a perfect day (weather-wise) in Chicago and the racing did not disappoint. Garrett Gomez comes to Chicago for Tom Proctor and wins the Arlington-Washington Futurity on board Pataky Kid. Gomez had “the kid” just behind the first flight of leaders, saving ground near the rail. Around the turn and into the stretch, he split between horses at the top of the lane and was only a half-length behind post time and morning line favorite Muppet Man. Then down the stretch be passed by Muppet Man at the 1/8 pole and never looked back, scoring victory by 3 lengths as the 5/2 second choice.  Gomez commented after the race, “He traveled well the whole way. He was ready for me to tell him when to go throughout the whole race. It was just a matter of finding a little seam turning for home. He did so willingly. He made the lead and I got into him a couple of times. The second time I got into him he didn’t like it too much and he let me know. He ducked out a little bit but I got him straightened out and he continued on his way.”
















(Pataky Kid - photo courtesy of Four Footed Fotos)

I really thought Muppet Man was the best on paper. He led for almost the entire race but perhaps jockey Jeffrey Sanchez rode him a bit too quick (:23, :46, 1:11). Pataky Kid’s victory wasn’t all that much of a surprise though as most of us, I’m sure, thought the race would come down to one of these two runners. Gomez also wouldn’t come here to Chicago without a reason.

To watch a replay of the Arlington-Washington Futurity, CLICK HERE.



























 (Gold Edge by Mel Leonard!)


The second of the two races turned to the girls where 10/1-priced Gold Edge and local favorite jockey Chris Emigh had to run down 36/1 shot La Song to win the Arlington-Washington Lassie by a neck! Emigh said of his ride on Gold Edge, “I wasn’t sure we were going to get there until the last couple of jumps. She’s been training so good. I knew she might get beat but they were really going to have to run to beat her. She’s been training awesome and she tries her heart out.” Gold Edge actually was in the lead ¼ mile into the race. Emigh settled her back to track behind La Song. Gold Edge was brought outside of the leader starting down the stretch and needed every bit of the stretch to just beat the pace-setter.






























 (Gold Edge and Chris Emigh - photo courtesy of Four Footed Fotos)

It was a great finish to a race that had endless possibilities of wagering opportunities. Interestingly, Larry Jones’ Dancinginthecircle just missed second by a nose, though I swear on the replay it looked like she had it. Wayne Catalano’s Flying Rapunzel went off as the 3/1 favorite but just didn’t fire today. I just thought it would have been a tough race to win from the 11 post. The win bet on Gold Edge was enough for dinner for my lovely wife and me though! Seems like others made out well too as the exacta paid $777, the trifecta paid $2,097, and the superfecta paid $5,335! WOW! You gotta love those overflow fields! Finally in a very scary moment, You Bought Her fell to the ground after clipping heels with American Sugar. You Bought Her left the race track under her own power and appeared to be fine. Jockey Julio Felix was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. I hope he is OK!

To watch a replay of the Arlington-Washington Futurity, CLICK HERE.

We have one more graded stakes race left in the Arlington meet. Next weekend will be the Pucker Up Stakes which features three year old fillies going 9 furlongs on the turf!

In other HRN news…

- Wishing We Could All Own a Mare...

- Remembering Benburb

- Top 250 All-Time Thoroughbreds

- Getting Ready for the 2012 Breeders' Cup

- Win Real Money at Derby Wars! 


Finally, last year our great sport of horse racing lost a good friend and a great fan.  Courtesy of the production talents of Horseplayer Now and talents of Joe Kristufek and Dave Zenner, this amazing video was created as part of the first annual Arlington race dedicated to Tim "Tiznow" Reynolds: a man who left us way too soon.  RIP my friend.





What the Nation is saying about Pataky Kid and Gold Edge – Stars of the Future! ...

I was with you on not being able to decide between MM and PK in the first race. Had to be one of those two. I did however pick Gold Edge and glad I did! Did you see how happy Emigh was after the race! He's a great guy and very deserving!
I was very surprised by the tenacity of the Jones filly..it was only her second race..all three filly's showed some heart but hey it's always a good time when a local horse wins!Pataky Kid ran pretty well and I had a hard time choosing between him and Muppet Man..was hoping for a mylute tri..great racing..glad you made enough for a nice dinner!!
Early word on the BSFs -- Pataky Kid 71 and Gold Edge 66
I loved the way they ran their races. It seems a couple of stars are born!!


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