April 12, 2012
ANOTHER WORLD WINS THURSDAY’S REDBUD
BEAT THE BLUES TAKES THE CAROUSEL
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, April 12, 2012) - Pin Oak Stable’s Another World earned her first stakes victory and strung together a two-race win streak when she dug in to capture the $100,000 Redbud Stakes at Oaklawn Thursday. The 4-year-old gray filly came off a March 22 allowance win at Oaklawn to nose out the photo finish in the 1 1/16-mile test for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel under jockey Cliff Berry.
“The filly on the lead got loose and I thought we’d never catch her,” Berry remarked, “but my filly just kept digging in.”
Cascabella, the 7-5 favorite, was the one who went straight to the front as the gates opened on the field of six older fillies and mares. The Bret Calhoun trainee rocketed to a 10-length advantage over the other runners and was all alone through early fractions of 23.76 for the quarter and 47.03 for the half while the eventual winner lurked behind near the back of the pack.
They went three-quarters in 1:12.15 and Another World jumped into the fray to wear down the tiring leader rolling down off the turn – but she also had Steve Asmussen trainee Remit to contend with. Although jockey Corey Nakatani had Remit ready to pounce at the head of the stretch and actually pushed a nose in front of Cascabella after a mile in 1:38.65, Another World was gathering momentum on the outside and just got up in the shadow of the wire. Final time was 1:45.47 over the track labeled fast.
“I thought I held on for the win,” jockey Corey Nakatani said. “She ran so hard to get what she did. She was leaning in a little bit at the eighth pole, but when I asked her to go, she did.”
“We lost a close one like that Saturday (with Caleb’s Posse, second in the Carter), so I was just glad we got to win one of these this time,” Von Hemel remarked. “She was one of those deals where we believed the quality was there, but it was going to have to be up to her to show it. We got a big break when the race lost Tiz Miz Sue (entered in Friday’s Apple Blossom). Honestly, if she hadn’t scratched, we probably wouldn’t have gone in here.”
The homebred daughter of Maria’s Mon was sent off at odds of 5-2 and returned $7.80, $3.60, and $2.20 to win. Remit brought $3.40 and $2.20 to place, and 7-5 favorite Cascabella returned $2.20 to show.
“She was on the muscle today,” jockey Luis Quinonez said of Cascabella. “I’ve won a couple stakes on this mare and know her well. Early in the running today she settled down and went well. She's a 5-year-old mare and still tries hard. Maybe today, though, she felt too good.”
One race earlier, Beat the Blues took the 33rd running of the $75,000 Carousel Stakes. The 5-year-old daughter of Great Pyramid rated comfortably on the inside off a pace set by Mysterious Chimes, who led the field through an opening quarter in 21.88. Jockey Miguel Mena kept the Bret Calhoun trainee just off a tier that included Omi’s Vindication and stablemate Gleaming as the frontrunner went the half in 45.42, then advanced to second when the rail opened up off the turn. They went five-eighths in 57.57 as Beat the Blues surged to a 1 ¾-length advantage. Final time for six furlongs was 1:09.67.
“Everything went the right way for us today,” Mena remarked. “We had a good break and a good run, second position in the turn and the rail opened up perfect for us. I asked her to run and she did. She was the best horse in the race today.”
Sent off at odds of 4-1, Beat the Blues returned $10.60, $6.20, and $4. Mysterious Chimes paid $10.20 and $4.60, and Gleaming brought $2.40.
Live racing resumes Friday at Oaklawn for the second-to-last day of the 2012 season. Highlighting the 11-race card are the $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes and the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). First post is 1:30 p.m.
Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel, winner Another World – “Well, we lost a close one like that Saturday so I was just glad we got to win one of these this time. She was one of those deals where we believed the quality was there but it was going to have to be up to her to show it. We got a big break when the race lost Tiz Miz Sue. Honestly if she hadn’t scratched we probably wouldn’t have gone in here. So thanks to Steve Hobby, but then again, he was thanking me in their last race for going in there with She’s All In (the Azeri, March 17).”
Jockey Cliff Berry, winner Another World – “We were concerned with Cascabella and her speed. We thought she’d run away with it and she almost did. I honestly didn’t think we’d catch her. Remit was there with us and I asked my horse to run. I was happy to catch her. My horse ran her heart out.”
Jockey Corey Nakatani, second aboard Remit – “I thought I held on for the win. She ran so hard to get what she did. She was leaning in a little bit at the 1/8 pole, but when I asked her to go, she did.”
Jockey Luis Quinonez, third aboard Cascabella – “She was on the muscle today. I have won a couple stakes on this mare and know her well. Early in the running today she settled down and went well. She’s a 5 year mare and still tries hard. “Maybe today, though, she felt too good.
Trainer Bret Calhoun, winner Mysterious Chimes and 3rd-place finisher Gleaming - After her last race the first thing we wanted to do was get some weight back on her. She had really gotten excited down there (in Fla) and we wanted to get her back and let her regroup. We got her here pretty early and just let her take herself along...get her confidence back and it worked out nicely for her. We got beat in the last jump in the Winning Colors with her last year so we want to get her back there and see if we can get that back this time around.”
Jockey Miguel Mena, aboard winner Mysterious Chimes – “Everything went the right way for us today. We has a good break and a good run. We had second position in the turn and the rail opened up perfect for us. I asked her to run and she did. She was the best horse in the race today.”
Jockey Cliff Berry, third aboard Gleaming – “She didn’t break as well as I had hoped today, so then I had to rush her. This kind of changed my game plan. The mare ran hard, she never gave up. Today she caught a real talented group of fillies and mares. I’m really proud of her. She’s won three out of her last five.”
Jockey Mike Smith, fourth on beaten favorite Salty Strike- “She really needed that race. Pulling up she just stood there for awhile and blew. I thought the speed would back up to me a little more, but it doesn’t seem like much is backing up on this track today.”