Extrasexyhippzster strolls to victory in Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel

  • Extrasexyhippzster wins the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday.
Extrasexyhippzster wins the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel… (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey…)
January 26, 2014|From Sun staff reports

Kirwan Equine Group, LLC & Ed Hipps’ Extrasexyhippzster waited behind traffic, pounded through an opening when the field straightened for home and pulled away to an impressive score in the $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year olds, one of four stakes on Saturday’s nine race program. Performing for trainer Mike Trombetta and jockey Julian Pimentel, the son of Stroll completed the one mile distance in 1:36.75 and won by 3-3/4 lengths. He paid $8.40 as the third betting choice. Joint Custody loomed an early threat but succumbed to the winner to finish second. Mr. Rover rallied for third. “Mike told me to sit behind those two horses and make my move when I thought the time was right,” Pimentel said. “I did just what he said and when things opened up I made my move and he just took off and that was it.” Extrasexyhippzster finished fourth in the Marylander on December 7, then shipped to Aqueduct two weeks later and posted a convincing win in the Don Rickles Stakes. “This was huge today,” Trombetta said. “I’m extremely pleased with this performance. You hope that everything turns out perfect the way a race develops but rarely does it. This was so impressive the way he rated behind all that speed. He was kind to Julian the whole way. When he found that spot at the top of the lane I was very impressed with the way he went forward. This time of the year you start trying them a little further to see if they’re going to be able to get the longer distances and for me today he passed the test. I don’t know where I’ll run him back but the obvious is to continue to add distance and two turns.” Trombetta became a major player during the 2006 Triple Crown scene with Sweetnorthernsaint, the betting favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and runner-up in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

What A Summer Stakes

Martin Scafidi’s Winning Image showed initiative and showed the way in the $100,000 What A Summer Stakes, the last of four stakes races Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. Away alertly under Tony Black for trainer Michael Aro, Winning Image battled post time favorite She’s Ordained into defeat and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.37 to win by 1-3/4 lengths. “She had some early pressure but she’s used to it,” said Black, who ranks 23rd on the all-time North America win list with 5,205 career victories. “She broke a little awkward. She broke in on the six (Vicki’s Dancer) and the eight (Crespano) stumbled out of the gate. I was able to get her back into position. She has natural speed. She’s as quick as some of the better horses I have ridden like Dave’s Friend and My Juliet.” The win was the eighth stakes victory for the 7-year-old daughter of Southern Image, which included a run of four straight stakes from December 2012 to July 2013. “We were locked down for two months because of the quarantine at Parx which kept us from running anywhere,” Aro said. All we did was train, train, train. This mare is very fast and that’s always been her style, just go to the front. Jose Caraballo had to ride in Florida so he couldn’t get up here and he recommended giving Tony a shot. He thought with his expert technique on speed horses and being the journeyman that he is he would get along with her perfectly. Glad I took his advice.” Winning Image paid $9.40.

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