|Hawthorne Racecourse results - Sun Beau Stakes
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Where's Taylor wins Sun Beau Stakes
STICKNEY, ILLINOIS -- It went pretty much as planned. Where's Taylor, despite coming off a six-month layoff, led virtually every step on his way to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's feature, the $50,000 Added Sun Beau Stakes.
Where's Taylor, a 5-year-old gelding by Absent Russian out of the Taylor's Falls mare Ms. K. L. Taylor grabbed the lead soon after the start and never looked back. He stopped the timer in a rather pedestrian first quarter of :24.18, the half in :48.36, three quarters in 1:12.13, the mile in 1:37.83 and a final time of 1:44.74 over a yielding turf course at the distance of one and one sixteenth miles.
Zoe Cadman, the jockey aboard Where's Taylor, was elated. "He was super! He was the only speed in the race. To be quite honest, he came out of the gate and pricked his ears and I was like 'Come on, we better do something'. We went the first quarter really easily."
"He really didn't have any interest in making the lead. I thought he would be a bit sharper since he was fresh off a layoff. I knew they knew he was the only speed so they weren't going to let me get out too far. When he ran down the lane he was getting a bit tired but he was coming off a long layoff and he hadn't had many works. But he still got it done today. It was great. It was great of them to let me ride him."
Treat Me Doc, the 16-1 longshot, never gave up, however. He tracked the pace all the way around and was still cutting into the lead when they crossed the wire, losing by a mere three-quarter length. Trainer Gene Brajczewski liked his chances going in.
"I changed the blinkers on him from his last start to the bigger 3/4 cup here," said Brajczewski. "He didn't respond as well before, but today he looked much better. He will win his next start in the stake at Arlington."
Jockey Alfredo Juarez was also pleased with his progress. "He was going good. He got out of the gate well and settled down going down the backside. Last race, I think we went too early so I wanted to wait for the last second to go, but he was a little erratic in the stretch. He still ran very good."
The connections of Galic Boy, who finished third, were also pleased with the effort, if not the result.
"I don't think he liked the soft turf," said Ray Sibille, rider of Galic Boy. When he won here last time it was harder, a really good firm turf course. He loved it. It was like when he ran here last fall (Grade 3 Carey Memorial). It wasn't as soft as it was last fall, but it was softer than he liked. He would take a couple of strides and he would bobble. He only got third because he was a better horse than many of the others."
Trainer Mickey Goldfine added this, ""I thought my horse ran big and he did run good, like Ray said, I just don't think he handled the soft turf really well. The grass course is in really good shape but I think if it was a little harder he would have won it.
Chart from Equibase
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