After a three-horse charge down the stretch, Mar Racing Stable's Hy Riverside got a nose in......
After a three-horse charge down the stretch, Mar Racing Stable's Hy Riverside got a nose in front of Nauset Beach on the wire in the in the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 21.
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In the 1 1/8-mile test for Florida breds over the fast main track, Nauset Beach went out for the early lead with Piloting a length back in second and odds-on favorite Awesome Slew another half-length back in third. Nauset Beach and jockey Paco Lopez controlled the pace through six furlongs, setting fractions of :24.01, :47.47, and 1:10.87.
Around the far turn, Awesome Slew (a Graded winner by Awesome Again) attempted to go wide around frontrunners, but Nauset Beach and Hy Riverside were not ready to give up. With those three digging in, it was Hy Riverside, under jockey Jose Ortiz, who won by a bob at the wire. Awesome Slew finished third by a half-length.
"(Trainer) Antonio (Sano) told me to warm him up good," Ortiz said. "He said try to put him close to the pace, and he will give you a run at the three-eighths pole. At that point I didn't want to go around, because I felt like I had a lot of horse. I wait, wait, wait, and made my way through a hole, and my horse was very, very brave.
"I knew I was there, but I wasn't sure about the head bob. He gave me everything he had."
This victory was the 5-year-old son of Macho Uno's first stakes win and he's the second Macho Uno stakes winner in a seven day span following the triumph of Tommy Macho in the January 14 Hal's Hope Stakes (G3).
Bred in Florida by Amy Dunne, the gelding was purchased for $32,000 by SJT Racing Stables as a weanling at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. He was then consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company April 2-year-olds in training sale and purchased by his current owners for $190,000.
-edited from www.bloodhorse.com