|Sportsman's Park results - Sixty Sails Handicap
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WITH ABILITY SHOWS ABILITY IN GRADE III SIXTY SAILS HANDICAP
CICERO, Ill. (April 28, 2001) -- In a race that was supposed to have a lot of early speed, Edward P. Evans' With Ability found herself alone on the lead and she cruised to a 5¾-length victory in the Grade III $300,000 Sixty Sails Handicap Sunday at Sportsman's Park near Chicago.
Javier Castellano rode the Mark Hennig-trained 4-year-old daughter of A. P. Indy who covered the mile and an eighth over a fast track in 1:51.37 after setting fractions of 23.23 seconds for the first quarter mile, 47.15 seconds at the half-mile marker, a three-quarters split of 1:11.40 and a mile time of 1:37.32. She earned $180,000 for the victory, her second straight Grade III score and third win in five starts this year, to boost her bankroll to $410,350.
"My filly has a lot of speed," said the New York-based Castellano. "She broke out of the gate perfectly. I went to the lead so easily at the beginning. I asked the filly in the last part and she responded. I have a lot of confidence in this filly. This is my first time riding here. I was surprised (at how long the stretch is at Sportsman's) when I turned for home and I said, 'Oh my God I don't see the finish line.'"
The complexion of the race changed at the start when Pretty Gale, who figured to push the pace, went to her knees leaving the gate nearly dumping jockey Larry Sterling Jr. to the track. Somehow, Sterling stayed aboard the filly but trailed the field into the first turn before rallying on the second turn.
"She was standing in the gate perfect but at the start the ground broke out from under her," Sterling said. "I just waited for her to get back up because it's the only way I stayed on."
Longshot Lakenheath rallied to run second in the seven-horse field, 1½ lengths ahead of Katy Kat. Pompeii, the 11-10 betting favorite, was never a threat and finished fourth. Pretty Gale, Cecilia's Crown and Becky Virtue completed the order of finish.
"She was never in the race," said Hall-of-Fame jockey Pat Day, who rode beaten favorite Pompeii. "I don't think she cared for the track. I worked her at Churchill Downs the other day and she was very enthusiastic and got over the track real good."
Second choice in the wagering at odds of 2-1, With Ability paid $6.00, $4.00 and $5.20 (prices OK). Lakenheath returned $9.40 and $8.00. Katy Kat paid $5.80.
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