Moment of Delight runs away from Dogwood Trail in Boca Chica
June 25, 2016 01:51pm
Moment of Delight wins 2016 Boca Chica
Photo: Leslie Martin/Gulfstream Park
Pinnacle Racing Stable and Norman Stables’ Moment of Delight returned from a five-month layoff ready to resume her rivalry with Jacks or Better Farm’s Dogwood Trail, running away to a 5 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s $75,000 Boca Chica Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Making her first start for trainer Stanley Gold, Moment of Delight evened the score at 2-2 with Dogwood Trail, a multiple-stakes winner formerly trained by Gold, in the 6 ½-length sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

Moment of Delight, who had finished behind a victorious Dogwood Trail in the Azalea (G3) and Three Ring Stakes before getting revenge with a sharp score in the Meadow Star Stakes last year, was hustled out of the gate by jockey Eddie Castro to press the pace set by her front-running rival along the backstretch Saturday. The two 4-year-old fillies raced side by side around the far turn before Moment of Delight took over from a tiring 8-5 favorite leaving the turn into the homestretch on her way to a decisive victory.

“That’s not usually her thing (being asked for run early) but Stanley knew about his old horse in the 1 hole and didn’t want her to get away with an easy lead, and that was the difference in the race,” said Adam Lazarus, managing partner of Pinnacle Racing Stable, whose horses were sent to Gold upon the retirement of longtime trainer Bill Kaplan in April.

The Mark Casse-trained Dogwood Trail, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, faded to fourth. Winning for Sarah closed from off the pace to finish second under Jesus Rios, two lengths clear of Savingtime and jockey Vicente Gudiel.

Moment of Delight ran six furlongs in 1:17.05 while making her first start since finishing off the board in the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Jan. 16.

“This filly, most people haven’t seen her since the Sunshine Millions. She had some issues going on, mostly health not leg or anything like that,” Lazarus said. “She’s always had talent. She showed up today.  She worked good the last couple of workouts.  I was thinking we’d probably see a good performance today, but you never know after 5 or 6 months off.”

The daughter of A. P. Warrior boosted her payroll to more than $350,000 with her fourth victory in 16 career starts.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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