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Galic Boy, Willowbrook Lane take Saturday stakes
by Janine Starykowicz

Galic Boy, the favorite in the Overage Stakes today, stalked a strong pace and rallied to win.

"He settled nice right behind them," said winning rider Ray Sibille, "and when they turned for home he took off running. I worked him the last four times. Mickey (Goldfine) had him just right despite the layoff."

Second place finisher Langston had problems at the start but moved up steadily. "We kind of stumbled leaving the gate and we were further back than we wanted to be, explained Shane Laviolette. "When we turned for home I started moving up to him and I thought we could get the jump on Ray (aboard winner Galic Boy) but he snuck through along the rail and that was the difference in the race."

"We would have won with an inside trip, according to Langston's trainer Wayne Catalano. "We just lost too much ground when we had to go around horses.

Sean's Sunshine, Earlie Fires aboard, closed for third.

The winner paid $6.00, with Langston paying $5.20 to place.

Trainer Hugh Robertson had a good day, sending out winners Grey Velvet in the 7th and Verzy Power in the 10th, as well as second place finisher Silver Zipper in the Honey Mark Stakes.

"I had a lot of horse under me," said Chris Emigh of Silver Zipper. "Turning for home I thought I had the race won and the other horse (winner Willowbrook Lane) just outfinished me. But he went good every step of the way."

Alfred Juarez, Jr., jockey of Willowbrook Lane, said about the winner, "I had a little bit of trouble heading down the backside, but once I got clear, he settled down. Once I had the leader passed, I just checked to make sure there wasn't anyone coming behind me. He definitely had a little left in the end."

The favorite, Chindi, was up for third. "He ran well enough but he's getting a little older and he doesn't have the sportscar finish that he used to," said jockey Tim Doocy. "He used to be able just to sprint home. They didn't come back to him. He's still running hard but he's not the Chindi of old."

Willowbrook Lane paid $33.60 to win with Silver Zipper paying $33.80 to place. The exacta paid $853.40.


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