2nd Graded Victory for Milwaukee Brew's Flipcup
Bill Mott started breezing his 2015 graded stakes winner Flipcup in April at Payson Park in......
Bill Mott started breezing his 2015 graded stakes winner Flipcup in April at Payson Park in Florida, perused the national stakes schedule, and settled on the Arlington Matron as a logical spot to bring the mare back for her 5-year-old campaign.
See the target, sight the target, and hit the target, as the Milwaukee Brew filly won the Grade 3, $100,000 Matron by a neck over favored No Fault of Mine on Saturday at Arlington.
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“From her history she likes the Polytrack, so that was why Bill wanted to point her for this race,” said Mark Schreiber, a second assistant working alongside assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy with Mott’s Kentucky string. “She’d been working steadily and just doing everything right like you’d want her to.”
Her trip in the Matron worked, too, with Chris Emigh sitting Flipcup in the pocket behind Tiz Lately’s slow Polytrack pace of 25.05 and 49.29 seconds. Innovative Idea, pressing in the two path, kindly fell away around the far turn, allowing Emigh a way out, and Flipcup had little trouble disposing of the other pace player, She’s Not Here. Then came the real challenge, as No Fault of Mine, who had raced midpack and quickened past the three-furlong pole, launched what looked like a winning bid, but Flipcup, drifting several paths out from her original course, held No Fault of Mine at bay.
Jockey Carlos Marquez said he believed No Fault of Mine would have won had Flipcup not drifted, but Arlington stewards disallowed his objection.”
“I thought I had a little more horse than that turning for home,” Marquez said. “She might have hung a little bit. She tried hard though. I can’t take anything away from her.”
Flipcup also tried hard, and even if better fortune made the difference between victory and defeat Saturday, credit to her connections for having her set to pick up at the start of her 5-year-old campaign in the peak form she showed in October. Flipcup won 2 of 5 last season and peaked with a win Oct. 31 over Woodbine’s Polytrack in the Grade 3 Maple Leaf.
“When you’re on one that Mott sends you know you have a good chance to win,” said Emigh.
This was Mott’s first stakes win at Arlington since 2011, and it gave Flipcup her seventh win from 19 starts. Five of her victories have come in stakes events including the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes last October at Woodbine. She's earned $533,266.
The 2-1 second choice, Brooklynsway, a graded stakes winner by Giant Gizmo, who stumbled one stride into the race and wound up third, 3 1/2 lengths behind No Fault of Mine. She's now earned $619,111.
-edited from www.drf.com
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