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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Elusive Gift Wins John D Marsh

Colonial Downs’ fourteenth Thoroughbred meet got off to an exciting start as heavy favorite Elusive Gift held off ’08 Marsh winner Frisky Thunder through the stretch to take the $50,000 John D. Marsh Stakes.

 

Trained by Anthony Dutrow and ridden to victory by Horacio Karamanos, Elusive Gift pressed the pace early on before taking command through the stretch and besting a fast-closing Frisky Thunder by a neck.


That’sthequestion finished 2 ½ lengths behind in third. The ’09 Marsh Winner, Hugo, raced evenly along the inside to finish fourth, with Humming Along, Powder Mountain, Tomac, A Reel Buster, and Deep Regret rounding out the field.

 

Elusive Gift, a five year old gelding by Elusive Quality, was bred in Virginia and is owned by Edward P. Evans. In ten lifetime starts, he has finished first or second six times and earned $118,892.

 

Earlier in the card, Luis Garcia took a riding triple as he guided home winners in the sixth, seventh, and eighth races.


Additionally, Colonial Downs newcomer Tadious Simpson won his first races at the track, producing win payouts of $83.80 and $65.60 in the second and third events.

 

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is also expecting a big weekend at Colonial Downs, with her 10,000th career starter entered in tomorrow’s card. Having finished third in last year’s leading trainer standings at Colonial, her horses have earned over $20 million while in her care.

 

Memorial Day weekend festivities continue Sunday and Monday with post time both days at 12:55 PM.

 

 

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