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
straight Carousel victory and sixth overall for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Photo: Oaklawn Park
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
“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.