Land of Lincoln Stakes – I Got it All Draws Away
The 57th edition of the
Land of Lincoln stakes is in the books. It was won in fine fashion by I Got It
All. I Got It All is owned by Tom Swearingen Racing Stable, L. Denk, D. Carlile and R. Bockel and trained by Tom Swearingen.
I Got It All was heavily
favored in his first start of 2014 after a rousing 15-length maiden victory in
his final start of 2013 but, although he led much of the way, he came up a
little empty when it mattered.
explained. “We had a rough winter here and we couldn’t get the things done that
we need to get done. We knew we had to get a race into him. I thought I had him
ready enough for that race but evidently I didn’t have him ready enough. But,
that was the tune up. He did all that was expected today.”
“He had a little injury last fall. It was totally unforeseen. The horse didn’t
even know he had it. We fixed the injury, gave him a little time, and got him
back in training. We were hoping to have him ready for his 3-year-old year and
he came through it all remarkably well. We were lucky enough to get a race
under him a couple of weeks ago which he needed. He performed right up to par
today. We were quite happy.
In this race I Got It All,
who displayed very good speed in his last two starts, was taken a bit off the
pace. It seemed to suit him. The pace set by Rivzinthehouse
was brisk. They went the first quarter in :22.35. I
Got It All closed in around the turn and grabbed the
lead at the top of the stretch. He never looked back.
I Got It All was ridden
by Emanuel Cosme, “He relaxed all the way around,” said
Cosme. “When I asked him at the quarter pole, he
Emmanuel Esquivel rode
second-place finisher and odds-on favorite Easy Solution: "There was a lot
of speed, so I had to stay behind a little, wait for a spot. He came on
They ran the six
furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.36 after fractions of :22.35,
:46.57 and :58.73.
I Got It All, second choice in the wagering, paid $9.40, $3.60 and
$2:10. Easy Solution paid $2.40 and $2.10. Solar Flair returned $2.10 to show.
The winner’s share of
the $81,900 purse was $49,148. I Got It All has now accumulated $74,170 in
Peach Of It Handicap – Diva’s Diamond Impressive
Asiel Stable LLC’s Diva’s
Diamond successfully defended her title by taking Saturday’s Peach of It
Handicap for the second year in a row.
Diva’s Diamond, trained
by Carlos Silva, raced off the pace early along the inside of the track early
on, shifted out a bit near the halfway mark, took the lead at the top of the
stretch and hung on to win by a length and a quarter.
Winning rider Rafael
Hernandez gave the perfect ride, “I didn’t think my horse wanted to go between
horses but I had plenty of horse so I just had to wait. We just saved ground
waiting for something to open up and when the moment arrived, we went through.
She still had something left late and we were able to hold the other horses
Leading rider Tim Thornton, finished second on Sydneyrella:
"She ran a game race, just got outrun."
Chris Emigh, got up for third Our Domain: "She lost her
footing a little out of the gate, but gave it a good try. She was trying, she
was hanging a little with me but then they came on both sides."
Diva’s Diamond for the
mile and a sixteenth on a fast dirt track in 1:45.61 after fractions of :23.86, :47.38, 1:12.96, and 1:38.95.
For the victory she
earned $49,095 boosting her career earnings to $340,492.
Diva’s Diamond paid
$7.80, $3.60 and $3.00
returned $8.20 and $4.00
Our Domain, the betting
favorite, paid $3.20 to show.
Jenny Stakes – Pistols Drawn Draws Away
$84,325 Pretty Jenny Stakes marked the return of Richies
Sweetheart as she made her 2014 debut.
Sent off at 4-5, Richies Sweetheart showed her
early speed but was fading when the horses hit the stretch. The beneficiary of a contested pace was
Pistols Drawn as she made it a pair of stakes victories on the day for jockey Rafael
Hernandez and trainer Carlos Silva.
by Asiel Stable, Pistols Drawn posted her first
victory while sprinting after winning a pair of route races on her career as
she earned $50,595 for the victory.
Rating fourth early, she drew off to win by 6 ¼ lengths, covering the
six furlongs in 1:11.59. After getting
loose behind the gate prior to the start of the Pretty Jenny, Brazyn Appeal closed to run second, a half-length ahead of Gabio.
the victory, Rafael Hernandez moved within two victories of the meet’s leading
rider Tim Thornton. Hernandez had a nice
day for Silva, “We had a lot of luck here today. Two stakes and two wins. Everything is going well. I started good this meet and am finishing up
good. This horse has been feeling good
anyway and Carlos told me that she was feeling better than ever. I did my job and she did hers. About the three-eighths pole, she started
picking it up and just drew off.”
Esquivel got a good effort from Gabio, “I had good
position all the way around. As soon as
we got through, she started running.
She’ll be really good next time.”
off as the 4-1 third choice, Pistols Drawn paid $10.60, $5.00, and $3.60. Brazyn Appeal was
the second longest price on the board (17-1) and returned $13.20 and $7.00
while Gabio paid $6.60 to show.
Avenue Handicap – Big Looie Wires Field
Christine Janks normally gives her horses a breather
after a racing season but there were a handful that stuck around to train this
winter as one of those was Big Looie. Making his third start of the spring, Big Looie didn’t disappoint as he found the front end and never
looked back in the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap.
by Rosemary Homeister, Jr., Big Looie
broke sharply and was able to hold to field at bay, drawing clear in the lane
to win by 2 ½ lengths over favorite Luv Bandit.
Big Looie covered the 1 1/16 miles in
1:44.64. Luv Bandit was a clear second,
while Dad Are We Here closed for third.
by S.D. Brille, Ltd. Parntership,
Big Looie earned $51,720 in the $86,200 Milwaukee
Avenue Handicap. Big Looie
returned $10.20, $4.60, and $3.20. Luv
Bandit came back $3.60 and $2.80 and Dad Are We Here paid $3.60 to show.
wasn’t planning on having the front end, “Thanks Christine. I don’t know what the plan was for him at the
start of the year but thank God it worked out.
Things didn’t go according to instruction. We thought we might be laying third because there
was so much other speed in the race. He
likes to be on the lead. If the others
wanted to go for it, let them go around me.
The rest is history.”
Cosme got a solid performance from Luv Bandit, “He
ran great, he never stopped running. We saved ground all the way and when I asked
him he did as much as he could.”
Florent Geroux also got a good
effort, “I had a great trip, was able to stay on the
fence and save ground. Everything opened up but the speed never backed up to
me. My horse was just steady, but he ran