DO THE MATH. MULTIPLIER WINS GRADE 3 ILLINOIS DERBY
An exuberant James Graham was celebrating pretty heavily in
the winner’s circle following his victory aboard American Equistock’s (Joe
Senkovich) Multiplier, Brendan Walsh trainer, in the 59th running of
the Grade 3 Illinois Derby which took place on Saturday. And why not? He just
got up for a head victory in this storied race.
Graham had Multiplier racing just out of striking distance
in the early going, in a ground-saving trip. They started making up ground
around the far turn while racing along the rail. Once they turned for home,
Graham angled his mount to the outside and closed well to just nip Hedge Fund
at the wire.
Asked when he thought he had a chance for victory, Graham
replied, “Turning for home I was pretty sure we were going to get there. For a
moment when Jose’s horse (Hedge Fund) spurted away, he kind of caught my horse
flat but Multiplier went right after him all the way to the wire and got up by maybe
“He might have settled a bit too well. He’s kind of lazy. But he has a great career ahead of him. Have
you seen him? He’s gorgeous. All kidding aside, he’s a beautiful horse and
Brendan has done a great job with him. I’m just happy to be a part of this.
The covered the mile and an eighth in 1:47.98 after
fractions of :23.47, :47.24, 1:11.09 and 1:35.57 making this the second fastest
Illinois Derby ever.
As mentioned above, Multiplier finished a head ahead of
favored Hedge Fund. It was another four and three-quarters back to It’s Your
Multiplier earned $150,000 for the victory, boosting his
career earnings to $187,310.
Multipler paid $10.80, $5.20 and $3.80.
Hedge Fund $3.20 and $2.60
It’s Your Nickel returned $4.40 to show
NO RECOUNT NEEDED. RECOUNT WINS EASILY
Doubledown Stables Inc’s Recount was heavily favored in
Saturday’s 38th running of the Robert S. Molaro Handicap and rightly
so. This talented gelding, trained by Jim DiVito, had earned over $500,000
coming into the race, with victories in 10 0f his 26 races. He added to that on
Rider Robby Albarado had the 5-year-old within striking
distance early and pretty much let his talented mount run his own race.
“He broke well, said
Albarado. “He put me right into the race. The pace set up well but he did it
all on his own. I was just trying to be a good passenger, to stay out of his
way. He let me know when he was ready and I let him do it. He’s a good classy
horse. Thanks to Jimmy (DiVito) for letting me ride. He always takes care of me
when I come into town.
They covered the six and a half furlongs in 1:15.92 after
fractions of :22.21, :44.85, and 1:09.42.
Recount won by a comfortable three and a quarter lengths
over the closing Scitech who beat Infinite Mischief by a mere neck for second
Recount paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10. Scitech returned $7.20
and $2.80 while Infinite Mischief paid $2.60 to show
Recount earned $27,960 for the race. His career earnings
stand at $543,947.
MY MERTIE EARNS FIRST STAKES VICTORY
My Mertie, owned by Oak Rock Racing LLC, T Biando, M
Bojarski and Cherrywood Racing Stables grabbed the lead on the turn in
Saturday’s Third Chance and never relinquished it, ultimately drawing off to a
two and a quarter length victory. Edgar Perez was in the irons.
This talented mare had been flirting with the winner’s
circle for a while but finally put it together in her fifth race of the year.
Michele Boyce, “I was a little concerned about the weight
she had to carry”, said trainer Michele Boyce. “She was the highweight, but it
turned out that she probably deserved it. She trained very well at Tampa and she ran very
well there but here I wasn’t too sure. So we shipped her here about three weeks
ago to get her used to this surface. It worked out.”
The raced through quick fractions of :22.30, :45.47, and
1:10.33 with a final time of 1:17.09.
My Mertie’s winner’s share of the purse came to $27,590 and
boosted her lifetime earnings to $106,752.
My Mertie won by two and a quarter lengths. Go Lady Jay made
a good late move to get up for second, a half-length ahead of favored Game time
My Mertie paid $10.80, $6.60 and $2.60
Go Lady Jay $8.40 and $4.20
Game Time Decision returned $2.40