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Golden Ticket looks to build confidence in Iowa

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The last time Golden Ticket ran in a 1 ¼ mile race on dirt he dead heated for the win in the million dollar Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Tomorrow night’s $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap may hold neither the prestige nor the cold, hard cash of the Mid-Summer Derby, but it could serve as key point in the four-year-old ­son of Speightstown’s season. 

After running a strong second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster, albeit 6 ¼ lengths behind defending Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Fort Larned, while finishing well clear of a strong cast that included Ron the Greek, Take Charge Indy, and Successful Dan, Golden Ticket looks primed to win his first stakes race of 2013. The Saturday evening feature at Prairie Meadows should also serve as a confidence builder to bigger and better things this fall.

An impressive winner of two optional claimers this year, the Ken McPeek charge has only managed a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in his three graded stakes tries this year. The Foster, though, served notice that Golden Ticket may finally be ready to fulfill some of that promise he flashed last August in the Travers. Since freshened, and working well in Louisville, the dark bay colt looks ready.

Proven tough at the distance, the Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ runner should be extremely tough to handle for the five others in the Prairie Meadows Handicap. While four of the other five, Worldly, Global Stage, Tiz Ready and Red Lead possess representative talent for a $100,000 affair, the truth is, if Golden Ticket runs his race, the rest will only be running for second money. Local star, Terry Thompson, will be in the saddle on Golden Ticket for the first time.

While it’s a long climb from this one to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 14 weeks, sometimes all a talented horse needs is a little confidence builder to really start rolling. Look for Golden Ticket to pick up that confidence in his short trip through Iowa, which could well lead him to becoming a major force this fall in some very important races. 



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Wish there could be more 10 furlong dirt races for older male horses like this one and the Hawthorne Gold Cup and the JCGC outside the state of California (and as much as people like to knock California racing, at least they kept their big three handicaps at a classic 10 furlong distance). Why can't the Foster or the Clark at Churchill or the Whitney or Woodward at Saratoga be at least 10 furlongs? That said, glad to see Golden Ticket running well today. Nice confidence booster, and he does seem to relish the distance given the results both times he has tried it.
Nice confidence builder for Golden Ticket with an EZ win in the Prairie Meadows Handicap.
Order of finish: 6,2,5,4. 2:06+
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Golden Ticket, Tiz Ready, long shot Tapilu. I remember that Fair Grounds race won by Thiskyhasnolimit. Not sure what it was, but something bad happened to Wordly then. I don't use the badly injured ones in this long of a route. He has had another layoff, so GL if you use Wordly.

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