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Cavorting Sparkles In Grade 1 Ogden Phipps


In a star-studded field of older females on the Belmont Stakes undercard, which included last year's Breeders' Cup winner, Stopchargingmaria and romping La Troienne winner, Curalina, it was Cavorting who stole the show. In basically a replication of her win in the Ruffian Stakes last month, she unleashed a winning rally through the stretch to score an authoritative victory in the 1 1/16-mile G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes.


The 4-year old filly by Bernardini, raced toward the rear of the field through a half-mile in :46 1/5. On the far-turn, jockey Florent Geroux, riding the horse for the first time, angled her out five-wide and she began her charge the down the middle of the track on her way to a 2 1/2-length win. Forever Unbridled rallied up to the runner-up spot, after steadying while searching for running room at the top of the lane. It was another 1/2-length back to third-place finisher, Carrumba. The final time for the distance was 1:40.


Jockey Florent Geroux said after the race: "She broke well and I was able to relax her at the pack of the pack. She settled very nicely for me and when I asked her to go down the lane, she responded well.


Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin basically echoed the comments of the winning rider: "I was happy during the race because she was settled. She can get keen, so when she settled, I was happy. I just wanted her to wait and go outside. Once that happened, I was happy. He (Geroux) did a great job."


Cavorting, who is nearly flawless over the Belmont surface, with four wins from five starts, now has won seven times from a dozen starts. The victory today gives her two career Grade 1 wins.


 

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Hi, my name is Nick Costa a.k.a. Trackman. As for my "nickname" of Trackman, it came about the following way: When people, either friends or family would inquire as to where I was going, my reply was always the same, "I'm going to the track man." I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, about a 30 minute drive from the racetrack, in Fort Erie, Canada.  I was five years old the first time I attended the races. My father, who was a regular at the track, took me to Fort Erie. My first recollections were of just running up and down the stairs to and from our grandstand seats and the walking ring. Of course, after viewing the horses, I would run back up the stairs, and tell my father who to bet. He would look at me quizzically, and then proceed to place a $2 dollar wager on my selection for me. Through the years, with continuous trips to Fort Erie, and also to Woodbine and the now defunct Greenwood, my father would take the time to explain all the information in the Daily Racing Form. After I learned the basics of handicapping, I never met a racing Form I didn't like. If I had spent as much time on my studies as I did reading the Form, I probably could be sitting on the Supreme Court. Those early horse playing days have  lasted into my adulthood, as I still play the races today on a regular basis. But now I have added a couple of new dimensions. First, I officially became a licensed thoroughbred race horse owner back in 2000, fulfilling a dream come true. Fort Erie, where I mostly play the races and race my horses, is still my favorite track. It's my home track, where I fell in love with everything about the sport. In addition to the tracks mentioned that I visited with my father, I have graced the grounds of Churchill
Downs (Derby 134 and several Breeders' Cups), Saratoga, Mountaineer, Gulfstream Park, Sam Houston Race Track, Presque Isle, Monmouth Park and Belmont Park. Second, I started to write a few years ago when I started my own blog, called Triple Crown Chase.


The blog was established to provide some personal insight about the horses and trainers who compete against one another in the 3 yr old prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. I preview and review the preps races and extend coverage to include the Preakness and Belmont. Last year, my blog previewed the Canadian Triple Crown races for the first time. The second leg, The Prince Of Wales Stakes, is run at my home track of Fort Erie. I am honored and thrilled to be on board with Horse Racing Nation and I want to thank everyone for their support.

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