Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid and Dolphus Morrison's
Gold Edge shared the Saturday spotlight at Arlington Park with their
respective victories in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington
Futurity and the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.
In the Futurity, Pataky Kid rallied to overtake pacesetting favorite
Muppet Man inside the sixteenth pole and despite racing greenly after
assuming command, drew away to a three-length victory. With Garrett
Gomez in the irons, the Tom Proctor-trained son of Rockport Harbor
covered the one-turn mile over Polytrack in 1:37.58.
"He made the lead and I got into him a couple of times," Gomez
explained of his horse's late-in-the-race antics. "The second time I got
into him he didn't like it too much and he let me know. He ducked out a
little bit but I got him straightened out and he continued on his way."
The Oklahoma-bred picked up his second win in three trips to the post
and the $87,300 winner's share took his earnings into six figures at
Muppet Man, the 7-10 post time favorite, broke alertly from the rail
and took the field of eight juveniles through fractions of 23.50
seconds, 46.85 seconds, 1:11.57 and 1:24.47 before giving way to the
eventual winner. Neither trainer Jimmy DiVito nor jockey Jeffrey
Sanchez made any excuses for the runner up.
"I thought he would finish stronger," Sanchez said of the son of Corinthian.
Stormin Monarcho was third, followed by Ultimo Trago, Mylute, Glenco
Kid, the filly Scissortail G and Urban Renewal to complete the order of
A clear second choice in the wagering, Pataky Kid paid $6.80, $3.20
and $2.60. Muppet Man returned $2.40 and $2.20. Stormin Monarcho paid
In the Lassie, Gold Edge rallied in the center of the track to get by
the front-stepping La Song to prevail by a neck under jockey Chris
Emigh in 1:37.96 for the mile over Polytrack.
"I wasn't sure we were going to get there until the last couple of
jumps," said Emigh who also rode the daughter of Eddington to her
previous victory in the $65,000 Lisa M Stakes here last month. "She's
been training so good (since her last race). I knew she might get beat
(today) but they were really going to have to run to beat her. She's
been training awesome and she tries her heart out."
La Song, a
36-1 outsider breaking from post 12, got to the rail right from the
start and led through lively early fractions of 22.89 seconds, 45.65
seconds, 1:10.68 and 1:24.01.
"I followed (Gold Edge) all the way but she went (to the outside)
late so I followed (La Song) and got through on the inside," said
Rosemary Homeister Jr., who rode Dancinginthecircle.
Gold Edge kept her record intact with three wins in as many starts
and boosted her bankroll to $138,429 with the $82,800 winner's share
from the Lassie.
Custody, Pappascat, Bridgette Bordeaux, American Sugar, Dancing
Elliebelle, favored Flying Rapunzel, Quiet Success, Bethany Belle and
Sweet Redemption was the remaining order at the finish.
At the top of the stretch, You Bought Her stumbled and lost her rider
Julio Felix after clipping heels with American Sugar, who was
disqualified from seventh and placed last in the 13-horse field. You
Bought Her walked off the track under her own power while Julio Felix
was taken to Northwest Community Hospital for X-rays.
Gold Edge paid $23.40, $11.60 and $7. La Song returned $25.40 and $12. Dancinginthecircle paid $9.