Wicked Old Fashion earns trainer 1st stakes win on 55th birthday

Del Mar Communications
November 08, 2019 08:29pm
Wicked Old Fashion earns trainer 1st stakes win on 55th birthday
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Wicked Old Fashion, a lightly-regarded invader from Northern California piloted by Evin Roman, outran her 30-1 odds and then some in rallying from dead least to win the featured $84,954 Kathryn Crosby Stakes in a blanket finish Friday on opening day of Del Mar’s fall racing season.

Last early and with only one horse beaten in upper stretch, Wicked Old Fashion closed powerfully to get up in the final stride and nose out runner-up Super Patriot, with 6-5 favored Excellent Sunset another nose away in third place. Fourth was 40-1 longshot Curlin’s Journey in the field of nine older fillies and mares. Time for the distance was 1:35.12.

Wicked Old Fashion, owned by Frank Aufdermauer and Wayne Swisher and trained by Victor Trujillo, was making her Del Mar debut in the Kathryn Crosby at one mile over the infield grass course. She returned $67.80, $21.40 and $7.60 while scoring her eleventh victory in 22 races. First money of $47,160 increased the five-year-old Colonel John mare’s earnings to $196,365.

The victory marked the first stakes win ever for Trujillo, who was celebrating his 55
th birthday Friday.

"A
t Golden Gate we didn’t have a lot of choices (of races) so I brought her down to Southern California for the first time," Trujillo said. "It was very tight at the finish, but it worked out. If you don’t see your horse in the picture the last sixteenth of a mile, you don’t have a lot of horse.”

Second-place Super Patriot, who was piloted by Geovanni Franco, paid $5.40 and $3.20, while Excellent Sunset returned $2.60 to show.

Trainer Bill Spawr and jockey Tiago Pereira combined to win two races on the eight-race program, taking the third with Impression at $15.60 and the fifth with Storm the Bastille for a $41.20 payoff.

 

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