Giant Gizmo's 'Widget' Sprints to Another Stakes Victory
Where's the Widget extended his winning streak to six with a front-running score in Saturday's......
Where's the Widget extended his winning streak to six with a front-running score in Saturday's co-featured $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes, at Woodbine.
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Trained by Ralph Biamonte for Mary E. Biamonte, the dark bay son of Giant Gizmo arrived at the one-mile turf event with a string of smart scores dating back to November 14, 2015 that includes a romping eight-length win in the Steady Growth Stakes on May 23.
Sent to post at odds of 7-2 in the Bunty Lawless, jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva sent Where's the Widget straight to the lead with Nipigon and Seffeara, the 5-2 mutuel favourite, keeping close watch.
Where's the Widget knocked out splits of :23.95 and :48.02 leading the field through the turn, with Nipigon pressing the entire trip, but the game gelding refused to be headed opening up a length and a half advantage as he turned for home. Nipigon was game to the wire but came up a neck short and had to settle for second just a length in front of Seffeara. Where's the Widget stopped the clock in 1:36.27.
Da Silva was full of praise for Where's the Widget's fighting spirit. Two of his victories within the win streak have come in a photo finish including a narrow neck score last time out, on July 2, in a starter allowance event.
"He had been training very well and Ralph brought the horse over in very good shape today. The horse was very focused," said da Silva. "This horse does everything you ask of him. He's a fighter. When the other horse came (Nipigon), even though he was tired, he dug in very hard.
"The last time he did the same thing," continued da Silva. "He's a very tough horse."
Biamonte was convinced Where's the Widget would race well off the shelf. However, a return to the grass, where the four-year-old was winless in four tries, remained a concern.
"He ran fresh the first time this year too and Eurico knows how to take care of this horse," said Biamonte. "Most of the times he ran on the grass we had a bit of a problem. We weren't going to the lead in those races. We've found he's much better when on or near the lead."
With four wins on the campaign, Where's the Widget is now one win behind Colleen's Sailor for the honour of most wins at Woodbine in 2016.
Where's the Widget, bred in Ontario by Pamela Edel, banked $75,000 in victory while improving his record to 9-2-3 from 20 career starts. His career bankroll now stands at $384,178.
-edited from www.woodbineetertainment.com
Runandyrun is Wilko's Latest Stakes Winner
The $120,850 OKC Turf Classic was the final stakes race on the million-dollar evening on Friday......
The $120,850 OKC Turf Classic was the final stakes race on the million-dollar evening on Friday that is the Oklahoma Classics at Remington Park and Runandyrun used an impressive late run to pull the 13-1 upset.
A son of Wilko from the Skip Away mare Stonerun, Runandyrun won his sixth race from 29 lifetime attempts. The fourth career win over the Remington Park turf course was worth $72,510 for Runandyrun who has now made $250,123.
Owned and bred by Mike Jones of Bristow, Okla., Runandyrun is trained by Tyrone Shaw. Jockey Belen Quinonez was aboard for the rousing run as Runandyrun trailed by nine lengths along the backstretch of the 1-1/16 miles event. The 7-year-old gelding was so full of run before the final turn that Quinonez had to work to get him to wait for the proper time to release his best effort while letting others try to soften up the 2-5 betting favorite, Ibaka, near the front of the field of nine.
“I just tried to get him to relax and get him in position. It’s 1-1/16 miles and there might be someone to go with Ibaka, so we had to just be patient and punch him late for home and have some horse. We had to work for it.”
Finding a seam through traffic at the top of the stretch, Quinonez guided Runandyrun into a clear path and let him go. He made the lead in the final sixteenth of a mile and then held sway over a wide rally from Charlie Webb, winning by a neck in 1:41.59 over the firm course. Ibaka held on for third, 1-3/4 lengths behind the winner.
The victory was a new crowning moment in the sport for Jones. “This is the most ecstatic I’ve ever been in horse racing. This is the biggest race that we’ve ever won.”
The win was the first for all of the connections in the OKC Turf Classic. Runandyrun gave Belen Quinonez his third career win in the Oklahoma.