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Hightail Breaks Maiden in BC Juvenile Sprint

Nov. 02, 2012 - Arcadia, California, U.S - Hightail(KY) inside ridden by Rajiv Maragh and trained by D Wayne Lucas , wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.

Hightail is a maiden no more. The Wayne Lukas trainee snuck up the rail to nip 1-2 favorite Merit Man in Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at Santa Anita Park.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the stretch run. They focused on a bumping incident between the first two finishers but ruled that there would be no change to the original order of finish.

Hightail was ridden to victory by Rajiv Maragh and paid $32.80 to win. Merit Man was 2nd, followed by Sweet Shirley Mae, Hazardous, and Ceiling Kitty.

South Floyd scratched at the gate and Super Ninety Nine, trained by Bob Baffert, was declared the morning of the race after getting cast in his stall. 

Quotes:

Rajiv Maragh (jockey, Hightail, 1st) – “I had a great trip, saved ground and just waited behind horses. He showed a lot of courage coming through the narrow opening between the rail and the other horse (Merit Man). I was not worried about the foul claim because the 3 (Merit Man) initiated the contact.”

D. Wayne Lukas (trainer, Hightail, 1st) – “I just thought that we had a great shot. These races are historically very fast up front. We’re a good closer and I thought we had a shot.

“It hasn’t been that long (since my last Breeders’ Cup win – 2005 Juvenile Fillies with Foklore). They don’t come that easy. “

Bob Hess Jr. (trainer, Merit Man, 2nd) – “(Jockey) Patrick (Valenzuela) said he (Hightail) came out and bumped him a couple times. He dropped back a neck or so and came back to be beat a nose. It is what it is.

“This guy needs a target. He had no target. When South Point came out of the race (late scratch at gate), it was almost a negative. He’s a very nice 2-year-old. We’re proud of him.”

Patrick Valenzuela (jockey, Merit Man, 2nd) – “I thought I was on the best horse. He shot out of there and we were there most of the way. The stewards made the decision, but I still thought I was on the best horse.”

Joel Rosario (jockey, Sweet Shirley Mae, 3rd) – “I thought they (Hightail and Merit Man) were going to go the way they did. She ran a good race. They were just a little better. It was a good race for her.”

Edwin Maldonado (jockey, Hazardous, 4th) – “He broke a little sharper than I expected. When we came around the turn, he grabbed the bridle and I thought we were going to get there. He ran a big race.”

Thomas Dascombe (trainer, Ceiling Kitty, 5th) – “There you go.  I was quite encouraged going down the backstretch.  Maybe she didn’t like the dirt and maybe she didn’t stay.”

John Velazquez (jockey, Ceiling Kitty, 5th) – “I think I maybe asked her to do a bit too much early on. She broke well and we were laying second.  She was not getting any dirt in her face at all. When I asked her, she kept the same pace and the others were just faster.”

 

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