|Hawthorne Racecourse Stakes Results
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Leading up to Saturday's Grade 3 Robert F. Carey, it appeared that Where's Taylor was going to have things his own way once again. He had been facing better company, he had been in great form, and he appeared to have the speed necessary to wire the field once more. However, a late run by Arthur Appleton's 24-1 shot Galic Boy left fans of the favorite asking: "Where's Taylor"?
According to winning rider Ray Sibille: "I had a perfect trip. I broke a little bit to the inside and then another horse came up to me and I was happy to give up the rail to him. Mickey has done a wonderful job with him and has him in perfect shape going into this race. We found out what we needed to do with him and Mickey had everything done perfectly. In his last race, he ran a perfect race despite what the form may show. He was ready today."
Trainer Mickey Goldfine was elated. "This horse likes to have a little bit of time between starts and I think that's what helped him today. He didn't have as much rest before his last start in the Sea O 'Erin and didn't respond quite as well there, but you have to take a chance when its available and that race was it. This was the best race of his career today and to have that come as a six-year-old really helps. He's an Irish River and they are notoriously late starters. Now, with the proper amount of rest, he'll be ready for his next time out."
Hilary Pridham, trainer of beaten favorite Where's Taylor was in good spirits though obviously disappointed. "I wish that I hadn't drawn the one hole because I had to commit to the lead so I got pushed all the way and wasn't able to stalk. I was giving away weight. I figured they would pressure me because they obviously know that that's the way to beat the horse. The fractions were pretty fast. I think they were exceptionally fast with the way the turf course has been this week. The track was a little bit on the soft side but it just doesn't help when you have to commit so early and they're at you the entire way and you never get a breather."
Corey Lanerie, aboard Where's Taylor echoed Pridham's sentiments. "I wish I would have had the outside. I probably would have sat off that horse but if you watch you'll see that his ears were straight up. He's not the kind of horse that if he gets hooked he gets on the bridle, that gets really aggressive. He just kind of cruises along. I would have rather that he had been by himself but I really don't know how much that hurt him. We didn't go that fast. He was going kind of easy. When we got to the quarter pole I had something left and pressed but he just wasn't good enough today."
Where's Taylor, as expected, grabbed the lead quickly but he was soon collared by Langston. Though the fractions weren't that fast Where's Taylor was never able to take a breather. Meanwhile, Galic Boy was allowed to settle in fourth early and wasn't even prominent until the final sixteenth. But, he had the measure of Where's Taylor and was drawing off as they crossed the finish line. The final margin of victory was a length and a quarter.
The fractions of the race were 24.06; 47.15; 1:11.09; with a final time of 1:35.10, the second fastest time since the distance of this race was changed to one mile.
Galic Boy, a 6-year-old bay horse by Irish River out of the Fappiano mare Milaoshu, winning for the 10th time in 31 starts, earned $90,000 for the victory and boosted his bankroll to $368,439.
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