05.24.2016

Giant Gizmo Son by 8 Lengths in Steady Growth Stakes

Where's the Widget, owned by Mary Biamonte and trained by Ralph Biamonte, romped to an emphatic......

Where's the Widget, owned by Mary Biamonte and trained by Ralph Biamonte, romped to an emphatic eight-length score in the $125,000 Steady Growth Stakes, the Victoria Day Holiday Monday feature at Woodbine.

The Giant Gizmo gelding, bred in Ontario by Pamela Edel, arrived in the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta event in top form having won three consecutive races.

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Eurico da Silva wasted little time in putting his charge on the lead, cruising to the front early from the outside post nine. The duo took the field through an opening quarter-mile in :23.89 and were still comfortably in front after a half-mile notched in :48.39.

As his rivals began to make their bid through the turn, Where's the Widget, with little urging from da Silva, sprinted away as the field straightened for home, coasting to a seemingly effortless score in the 15th running of the Steady Growth, stopping the clock in a final running time of 1:45.21. 

It was fourth straight triumph and first stakes win for the dark bay, who now has seven trips to the winner's circle from 18 starts, accompanied by a pair of seconds and three thirds. His bankroll stands at $302,255.

“This horse was training really well all winter in Florida,” Biamonte said. “She grew a lot. The first time Eurico got on him this year, he couldn't get over the difference and he was a pretty good horse last year. He told me from Day 1, this is going to be one of the better horses up here; fortunately, he was right. I thought there were some really nice horses in there.  I said to Eurico there's going to be a lot of speed, he told me he doesn't have to be on the lead, which he doesn't, but I'd rather have him out there.”

Another Giant Gizmo son, Freitag placed second and also tipped over the $300,000 earnings mark for his career. Milwaukee Brew's Chris' Brew was third.

-edited from Woodbine press release

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05.22.2016

'Paula' is Ghostzapper's 3rd Graded Winner in 6 Days

Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining picked up her second graded stakes victory of the......

Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining picked up her second graded stakes victory of the year with a resounding, 3 ¼-length win in the Grade 3, $150,000 Vangrancy Handicap, giving jockey Jose Ortiz his fourth win on Belmont Park's Saturday card. It was her third career graded victory and her bankroll now stands at $608,950.

The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper settled close behind West Coast Chick and Momameamaria, who pressed through the early quarter-mile in 22.24 seconds and the opening half in 45.25. Ortiz waited patiently for a seam to open between the leaders and, eyeing enough room on the outside of West Coast Chick at the top of the stretch, stormed Paulassilverling through her rivals to draw clear under the wire.

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"I knew I had to break out of there and made [West Coast Chick] and [Momameamaria] go," said Ortiz. "I then sat and then she went like nothing. It felt like in two jumps she was in front of them."

Paulassilverlining, who won the Grade 3 Distaff over next-out Grade 2 Ruffian winner Cavorting, her first graded victory in more than 18 months, returned $2.40 as the overwhelming 1-5 favorite and completed the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.82.

"Jose gave her a perfect ride," said winning trainer Michelle Nevin, who also teamed up with Ortiz to win Race 3 with Touchofstarquality. "What more could we want? Each step she shows us more and more with her development. We're not sure where we're going to go next but she definitely showed us a lot today."

The day prior to Paulassilverlining's victory, the Ghostzapper three-year-old filly Go Maggie Go scored in the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) at Pimlico, her second Grade 2 victory in seven weeks. On May 15 another Ghostzapper sophomore lass, Gamble's Ghost, scored a win in the Selene Stakes(G3) establishing herself as the favorite for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 12.

-edited from www.nyra.com

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