Gimmeawink captures stakes

Horse Racing

February 09, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gimmeawink saved ground in a stalking position before swinging out, surging to the lead and drawing away to win the $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes over a group of locally based Triple Crown nominees yesterday at Laurel Park.

The 3-year-old colt, trained by Tim Ritchey, was given a strong ride by Jeremy Rose. Gimmeawink finished 1 1/4 lengths clear of a late-rallying Penobscot Bay. Gators and Bears was third. The winner completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.07 seconds and paid $6.80.

"I didn't think the horse could go long off his most recent sprint, but both the horse and the trainer proved me wrong," Rose said. "He did all the hard work saving ground and getting through when he had to."

Ritchey said Gimmeawink might run in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel on March 29.

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