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Alley Oop Oop Victorious in Armed Forces

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Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Second choice Alley Oop Oop stuck his nose in front just in the nick of time to capture the inaugural running of the Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Unhurried early, Alley Oop Oop under jockey Fernando Jara used his inside post position to save all the ground despite being in tight quarters going into the first turn. While Balino did all the leg work on the front end, Jara gradually guided the 4-year old son of Monsieur Cat off the rail and asked him to pick it up as the field entered the far turn. By the time the field straightened out for home, the big bay had found his best stride and all that was left to do was for him to reel in favored Bad Debt, who had taken over the lead in mid-stretch. He did just that, stopping the clock in 1.41:45 for the mile and a sixteenth race over a firm turf course.
 
 
The official winning margin was a head. Bad Debt picked up the check for the place, and pacesetting Balino hung on to save the show. Thanks to a starter bonus put into place by Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo, each owner took home at least a $1,000 check just for running their horse, even those who earned a share of the purse money. Alley Oop Oop returned $5.80/$3.00/$2.60, and the exacta comprised of the top two betting choices returned $15.20 for a $2 bet.
 
 
Alley Oop Oop is owned by Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. and trained by Stanley Gold. If the purple silks with yellow polka dots seem familiar, it is because Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. also owns multiple graded stakes winner Fort Loudon and multiple stakes winner Awesome Belle, both who do their best running at Calder Race Course right across town.
 
 
Today’s win came five months after what was arguably Alley Oop Oop’s best career race to date. Back in February, Alley Oop Oop dead heated with Doubles Partner for second, just half a length behind winner Swift Warrior, in the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes. Both Doubles Partner and Swift Warrior are multiple graded stakes winners. Though not of the graded variety, today’s win was Alley Oop Oop’s first career stakes victory and his third win of the season.  

 

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.