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Pocket Cowboys, Gitchee Goomie Win in NY

Pocket Cowboys took charge out of the gate in the Kingston and refused to fold, while Gitchee Goomie got up in time to take the Mount Vernon, resolving a pair of $100,000 New York-bred turf races Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park.


In the Kingston, Pocket Cowboys broke alertly and led the field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.54 and a half in 47.42. Pressed by Lubash throughout, he dug in and edged clear to prevail by 1 ½ lengths, stopping the clock at 1:34.38 for a mile over firm turf.


The winner paid $10.80 as the third choice in the field of eight.


“We tried to go to the lead and slow it down, and it seems to have worked out beautifully,” said winning jockey Edgar Prado. “He was in control and finished strong. He’s a game horse, and if someone challenges him, he always gives a little more.”


Trainer Scott Schwartz was especially proud of the gelded son of Wild Event, whom he bred, trains, and owns.


“I’ve bred a few nice horses, but this one is special,” Schwartz said. “He can do it on the dirt, which he did as a 3-year-old, and he turned out to be a phenomenal turf horse. His first career start was on the grass, and I brought him back as a 4-year-old last year specifically for the grass. He’s bred for it. When the money is on the line, in the big races, that’s when he does his best. Edgar rode him perfectly, like he always does.”


The 5-year-old Pocket Cowboys now claims a 6-6-2 record from 21 starts and earnings of $408,550 with the $60,000 winner’s share of the Kingston purse.


Spa City Fever just bested Scientist for show honors, and Pretty Boy Freud, Banrock, Piazza Di Spagna and favored Uncle T Seven completed the order of finish.


Two races earlier in the Mount Vernon, Exclusive Scheme set the early pace, traveling easily through opening fractions of 24.93 and 48.95 while tracked closely by Paraiba. Gitchee Goomie, who had settled comfortably at the back of the pack through the early going, swung four wide turning for home and closed down the middle of the track to overtake Paraiba in the final strides and win by a half-length.


Her final time for the mile was 1:35.36 and she returned $6.00 to her backers in the Sunday crowd of 7,571.


The 4-year-old daughter of City Zip was coming off a neck loss to Daveron in Belmont’s Grade 3 Beaugay on May 7, and has had gate troubles in the past, but not today.


“She’s a funny filly,” said Rick Violette, who trains Gitchee Goomie for Patsy Symons. “In the morning, she’s perfect, you could set a bomb off under her and she’d stand still in the gate. In a race, once she gets out of the gate, she’s just such a consistent filly that you’d like to have a barn full of them. It was a terrific ride, too. It was subtle terrific, but he had the favorite inside all the way.” 


It was the second stakes win for Gitchee Goomie, who ran her record to 4-4-1 from 10 starts and increased her earnings to $226,554 with the Mount Vernon victory.


“My only concern was that she break well coming out of the gate,” said winning rider Alan Garcia. “When she did, I thought, ‘that’s half the battle won.’ After the start, I was so comfortable with where she was. I had to wait until turning for home to let her do her thing, and she did.”


Favored Chorus Music split horses to narrowly grab third, Akilina was fourth, and Frivolous Buck and Exclusive Scheme completed the order of finish. Loyal Shadow was scratched.









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