Gary and Mary West’s Winning Note responded to the determined urgings of jockey James Graham and came again late to capture Thursday’s $45,000 feature for 3-year-old maidens by a neck.
Wayne Catalano, the Grand
Slam colt was away alertly, took command in the run down the
backstretch, lost the lead at the furlong grounds but continued
willingly to regain the advantage in the late stage of the mile
and 70-yard test.
Note, reaching the winner’s circle for the first time from two lifetime
starts, set early fractions of 23.84 and 47.96 before
accomplishing the final time in 1:45.36 and increased his career
earnings to $34,800. He returned mutuels of $7.80, $4 and $3.
Terry Hookstra and G. W. and Nanci Oliver’s
Kiptastic, who pressed the
early pace of the winner, gained the advantage briefly at the eighth
pole but could not sustain the bid. As the runner-up, he returned $4
Pocket Aces Racing’s
Seeking an Empire got up late to finish third, a length and a quarter farther back and paid $4.40 to show.