Fun House wins over Katdogawn in the Buena Vists Handicap.
Gary Stevens aboard Fun House in the winner's circle.
Trainer Ron McAnally said, "The race worked out well for her. She got a good position. She got up there and hung the last time (third to Fudge Fatale in the Tuzla Handicap on Jan. 28). Anyway, everything went well. She's a filly that's always given her best although I know she's run a lot of seconds (eight) throughout her career. But today she got the job done."
Mike Smith, aboard runner-up Katdogawn, said, "She ran really good, the ground was just a little soft for her. She didn't get over as good as she normally would. She had a little bit of a cough before the race. That probably contributed to it, too. I thought she ran dynamite to get second."
On Sunday, older fillies and mares kept the spotlight, but this time it was the sprinters going 6 furlongs on the main track in the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap, for a total purse of $107,300. Just six of the seven entries drawn went to post, with one scratch.
Ema Bovary with Roberto Gonzalez up in the winner's circle after the Las Flores Handicap.
Winning jockey Roberto Gonzalez said, "The only problem we had was leaving the gate we kind of bumped the outside horse. But then I just sat behind the speed, I found the spot, and from then on I said. ''I'll see how much horse I got.' The owner and trainer have been so patient with her, and with her rider. They've been giving enough time for her to run. I think she could probably make a Grade I. She won easier today than she has before."
Winning trainer Larry Ross said, "This is her biggest win. I guess they're all the best. It was a good win. [Buffythecenterfold] is a pretty nice horse, but Ema loves the mud, too. I was surprised that she won as easy as she did, carrying that much weight (121 pounds). I haven't thought about it (her next race). We'll look, pick her a good spot, hopefully."
Jockey Matt Garcia, aboard runner-up and beaten favorite Buffythecenterfold, said, "She wasn't really handling the surface as good as I've felt her on different surfaces, but she handled it all right, she handles all different kinds. The winner, she was just the best horse today. She (Buffythecenterfold) ran her eyeballs out, did everything proper, switched leads, and gave it all she had. What are you going to do? You've got a horse that had a little bit more dash."
Photos courtesy of Tina Hines.
Back to Horse-Races.Net main page
On the Forum: