Joint Custody Wins MD Juvenile Championship
December 27, 2013 11:52pm
Joint Custody wins 2013 Maryland Juvenile Championship.
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Konrad M. Wayson’s Joint Custody overcame a stumbling start and survived a heated duel down the backstretch before galloping to victory in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship.


Wesley Ho was aboard the son of Outflanker, who completed the seven furlong distance in 1:25.19 and won by 5-1/2 lengths. After Joint Custody put away Open the Bank nearing the far turn and turned back Fran’s Buckaroo around the turn, Ho gave him his head and they steadily pulled away. Buck n’ Ham Lane finished third.


Joint Custody was the overwhelming favorite in the field of six after program favorite It’s A Bang scratched this morning. He paid $2.60.


The John Robb trainee is now four for six lifetime after winning two stakes in a row and Robb is now 18 for 45 during the meeting.


“You’re always a little concerned when you see them stumble but it might have been a blessing in disguise,” said Robb. “This horse does not like being on his own. He’s difficult to work because he just doesn’t want to focus without other horses right with him all the time. The minute he gets a little in front he gets lazy. I was looking for him to improve today and he certainly ran well, but he doesn’t even look like he’s moving that fast. I give Wesley a lot of credit for keeping him busy. We’ll give him a bit of a break but we’ve got to keep an eye on him. He doesn’t get that much out of training so we don’t want to go too far in the other direction.”

“He stumbled pretty badly at the start but he got his feet right back under him and got right back into it,” said Ho. “We schooled him with dirt being kicked on him and he did fine so we would have been okay if we were a little behind. I didn’t have to ask him at all. He knew what to do and he did it easily. I’m sure he can go farther because he does it so easily.”


She’s Ordained Takes Willa On The Move Stakes


Ronald Ulrich’s She’s Ordained made amends for a poor break in her most recent start when she left the gate cleanly and then took the short way home in the $100,000 Willa On The Move Stakes, the co-feature this afternoon at Laurel Park.


Using the rail to his best advantage, Angel Quinones guided the daughter of Minister’s Wild Cat to a ¾ of a length victory in 1:10.58 for the six furlong distance.  She came up the fence to edge frontrunner Five Star Momma as the two closed in on the finish line. Lady Sabelia finished third.


Tim Kreiser trains She’s Ordained at Penn National. The 4-year-old filly broke in the air in her most recent start, the Lady In Waiting Stakes, and had to settle for second. Today she turned the tables on Five Star Momma, who beat her by a neck in the Lady In Waiting.


The Willa On The Move was the filly’s eighth victory in fifteen starts this year.  She paid $8.40.


“This is the first time I rode her since the first race after she was claimed,” said Quinones. “Tim told me to keep her quiet and keep her relaxed. She was really rank at the gate last time, then didn’t break well. He thought if she broke well today we had a good chance to win. Everything went perfect. She broke very well. She was very easy to rate down the backstretch. I had a lot of horse. We just kept coming a little closer to the five and she just wore her down.”


“Coming in we thought Five Star Momma was the one to beat,” said Kreiser. “In her last race she broke bad but we knew if she got a good start she would have a great chance to win. She has been close in several stakes and today we thought it would be her day. She’s feisty and she fought back. We claimed her for $7,500 and now we plan to run her back in the What A Summer Stakes at the end of January.”


Laurel’s Pick 5 Will Be Paid Out Tuesday, With A $200,000 Pool Guaranteed


Laurel Park’s Pick 5, with a guaranteed pool of $200,000 for a single winning ticket, has not been hit by a single unique ticket up until and including today. Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, is the last day for the guaranteed $200,000, so the Pick 5 will be paid and the guaranteed pool will be shared by all winning ticket holders that afternoon.


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