`Gold' shines on Laurel turf

Horse racing

November 06, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Flay, Masterson and Weisbord's Gilded Gold set the perfect stalking trip, then grabbed the lead and drove to victory in yesterday's grassy feature at Laurel Park, the $85,000 Kattegat's Pride Stakes for fillies and mares.

Jockey Enrique Jurado kept the Gilded Time filly busy, breaking third behind front-runners Ambition Unbridled and Totally Selfish and tracking them in third place until powering to the lead inside the 1/16-mile marker.

Long shot Tight Spin rallied late to take second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, and Ambition Bridled finished third. Post-time favorite Bright Gold ended up fourth.

The winner, trained by Alan Goldberg out of New York, completed the five furlongs in 55.70 seconds over the firm turf course and paid $13.20.

"I knew those two fillies were going to go very fast in the beginning," Jurado said. "I just wanted to sit right behind them and wait for Bright Gold." As it turned out, he didn't have to worry about Bright Gold.

Assistant trainer Jim Maloney said: "One of the [jockeys] breezed her on the farm this summer and said she was better on the grass. We breezed her three or four times and she seemed to prefer that surface. We entered her a few times and due to the terrible weather, we weren't able to get her into a grass race. After all that, it looks like our opinion of her was proven true."

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