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Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. celebrates after winning the Fantasy Stakes aboard Include Betty
On Saturday, a field of 11 three-year-old fillies contested the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park, with the winner earning 100 points in the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series. Conditions were excellent in Hot Springs for the 18,000 fans on hand, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60's. Feathered was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off a fourth place finish in a Gulfstream allowance after finishing a close second in the Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Sarah Sis, winner of the Honeybee (G3), and 4-1 third choice Oceanwave, second in the Honeybee.
Down the stretch in the Honeybee
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 11 Include Betty Homeister 29.60 14.00 8.80 10 Oceanwave Vazquez 4.80 4.00 8 Achiever's Legacy Rocco 7.00 Winning Time: 1:44.16 $2 Exacta 11-10 171.80 $1 Trifecta 11-10-8 1,204.80 $0.10 Superfecta 11-10-8-7 879.91
Left: Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. celebrates aboard Include Betty after winning the Fantasy. Homeister said, "This is an amazing little filly. I was in the 11 hole, but I wasn't all that concerned because she is a closer. I had so much horse down the backstretch, which is unusual for her because she likes to drop way out. I decide to go wide into the stretch and Joe (Rocco Jr.) and I did start going at it around the turn. I was trying to keep him in because I knew he was on one of the horses (Achiever's Legacy) to beat. Down the late it was just race riding. I just had so much horse. She really dug in to win the race."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Fantasy Stakes.
Left: Second place finisher Oceanwave in the post parade. The 4-1 third choice raced 8th under Ramon Vasquez, rallied late but just missed. The Wayne Catalano trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $183,600 for owners Gary and Mary West.
Right: Third place finisher Achiever's Legacy in the post parade. The 12-1 shot was 10th early under Joe Rocco Jr., then rallied 6 wide to get third beaten just 1/2 a length. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 0 seconds, and 3 thirds in 9 starts, earning $178,060 for owners Campbell, Cellucci, Horowitz, Robertson, and Hollendorfer.
Left: Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Feathered shortly after the start. The 5-2 choice was 5th early under Ricardo Santana Jr. but weakened late to finish 7th beaten 7 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee has a record of 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $309,834 for owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.
Right: The trophy and flowers for the Fantasy Stakes in the Oaklawn winner's circle.
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