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Speedinthruthecity Cruises in Carousel

Speedinthruthecity Cruises in Carousel
Photo: Oaklawn Park
Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Speedinthruthecity did not disappoint as the even money favorite with her three-length victory over Ms Anna Destiny in Sunday’s $100,000 Carousel Stakes. It was the second straight Carousel victory and sixth overall for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Jockey Luis Quinonez allowed Speedinthruthecity to settle behind the early speed as Livi Makenzie led for the first quarter in :22 2/5 and then Allinthefamily took a short advantage for a half mile in :46. The winner ranged up five wide entering the stretch and then proved much the best over her five rivals. She completed the six-furlong race in 1:10 1/5 over a sloppy track. Allinthefamily held on for third and was followed by Livi Makenzie, Aireofdistinction, stablemate of the winner, and Jury Wise.

“We had a good trip, a perfect trip,” said Quinonez. “Steve had her ready. When I asked her, she just took off. Steve didn’t really give me any instructions. He just told me she’d do whatever I asked and he was right.”

Speedinthruthecity, a City Zip filly, has now won five of 12 career starts and has earned $286,538. As the favorite, she returned $4, $2.60 and $2.20.

“We had two very nice fillies in there and hadn’t run either one of them on an off race track, which was a concern,” said Asmussen, who heads into the final four days of the meet holding a two-win advantage of Federico Villafranco as he seeks his sixth leading trainer title.  “And, I think it was a situation where Speedinthruthecity handled the track really well.”

The final four days of the 2014 race meet kick off Wednesday, April 9 with a nine-race card and continues through Saturday, April 12 when the season culminates with the 78th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby. First post is 1:30 p.m. Wed. – Fri. and 12 noon on Saturday.



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