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Lakotadreamcatcher Pulls Off the Upset in Whitworth
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Lakotadreamcatcher Pulls off the Upset in Whitworth
STICKNEY, IL -- Still a maiden entering the running of the $106,375 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, Lakotadreamcatcher had more than her share of seasoning in her prior four career starts. Trained by Dee Poulos, Lakotadreamcatcher had caught wide trips and poor breaks early in her career, but on Saturday everything came together.
Breaking from the gate, Pistols Drawn was sent away to the front while heavily favored Sasy Ms Elizabeth and jockey Emanuel Cosme tracked the leader. Following the opening quarter of :24 2/5, Sasy Ms Elizabeth took over, taking the field to the half in :48 4/5 and three quarters in 1:14 2/5. Chased into the lane by Tangueray Miss, Sasy Ms Elizabeth was up a length and a half late in the stretch but Lakotadreamcatcher and Tim Thornton were flying late. In the final strides, Lakotadreamcatcher got up for a half-length victory, stopping the clock for the 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.80. Sasy Ms Elizabeth was a clear second while Tangueray Miss held third.
Running for Lakota Stable of James Schultz and Irv Naiditch, Lakotadreamcatcher earned $63,825 for her victory, paying $30.80, $7.80, and $4.00. Sasy Ms Elizabeth came back $2.80 and $2.10 while Tangueray Miss returned $3.00 to show.
Jockey Tim Thornton never gave up on Lakotadreamcatcher, “I always liked this filly. I was getting on her prior to the time that I rode her. She always trained good. She worked like she was a deep closer. She had a couple of rough trips along the way but I still thought she was going to turn out to be a nice filly. Miss Dee (trainer Dee Poulos) had enough confidence in the filly to try her in a spot like this. With a heavy favorite, the first time going a route, and speed not holding well today, things worked in our favor. I needed every inch I could get. About the eighth pole I thought we had it pretty easy but as we started coming down to the sixteenth pole I wasn’t so sure. But we got up in time.”
Emanuel Cosme got a strong effort from Sasy Ms Elizabeth, “I had my horse in great position, settled nicely after a quarter of a mile. Down the backside I got pushed along a little more than I would have liked. Turning for home my horse was running and she kept trying but riding a speed horse on a non-speed favoring track simply didn’t work out my way today.”
Carlos Montalvo rode Tangueray Miss, “I got a perfect trip. I could tuck my horse behind the speed, saving her on the backside. When I asked her to run she was trying her hardest and hung on gamely. I like this filly a lot and I’m very happy for all the connections.”
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