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2015 Honeybee Stakes Results

Jockey Julio Felix celebrates aboard Sarah Sis after the Honeybee Stakes
Date: 03/07/2015

On Saturday, a field of 8 three-year-old fillies contested the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park, with the winner earning 50 points in the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series. Conditions were excellent in Hot Springs for the 20,000 fans on hand, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60's. Oceanwave was sent off as the 2-1 favorite off consecutive wins in allowance company. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Pangburn, an allowance winner after finishing second in the Pocahontas (G2), and 3-1 third choice Sarah Sis, second in both the Dixie Belle and the Martha Washington.

Jockey Terry Thompson sent 4-1 fourth choice Super Saks to a 7 length lead first time by and she set quick fractions of 22.92, 46.36, and 1:12.60 over the fast track while stalked by Sarah Sis and 28-1 Desert Valley. On the far turn, Super Saks tired badly, as Sarah Sis and rider Julio Felix inherited the lead into the lane and quickly opened up by 5 lengths through 1 mile in 1:39.66. Oceanwave, fifth early under Shaun Bridgmohan, came through traffic and rallied strongly but was left with too much ground to recover as Sarah Sis cruised to a 1 1/2 length win in 1:46.94. It was another 4 1/4 lengths back to Pangburn third.

Down the stretch in the Honeybee

Jockey Clinton Potts sent Taris to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 23.10, 47.06, and 1:12.10 over the fast track while pressed by Oceanwave to her outside. Entering the stretch, Taris tired allowing Oceanwave to inherit a 2 1/2 length lead through 1 mile in 1:38.98. 9-1 fourth choice Sarah Sis, who stalked the pacesetters in third early, moved up to challenge, but Oceanwave lugged out suddenly at the 1/8 pole causing Sarah Sis to check. Completing the duel to the line, Oceanwave outfinished Sarah Sis to finish a neck in front in 1:45.68. It was another 3/4 length back to late-running Pangburn third. Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard Sarah Sis claimed foul against Channing Hill aboard Oceanwave, and the claim was allowed by the stewards. Oceanwave was disqualified and placed second, behind official winner Sarah Sis.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 8   Sarah Sis          Felix         7.80    3.60  2.80
 2   Oceanwave          Bridgmohan            4.40  3.00
 5   Pangburn           Castanon                    2.40

Winning Time:  1:46.94

$2 Exacta 8-2                33.00
$1 Trifecta 8-2-5            40.70
$1 Superfecta 8-2-5-7       618.00
Results Chart

Left: Jockey Julio Felix celebrates aboard Sarah Sis after winning the Honeybee. Felix said, "When I knew that filly (Super Saks) would be long gone, I thought shed (drop) anchor, and I thought we would have a good spot to track her."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Honeybee Stakes. Felix added, I wasnt worried because I knew Super Saks was going too fast up there because my filly broke like a rocket. When she opened up on me, my filly kind of got off the pace, and I was pretty happy at that point.

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Oceanwave in the post parade. The 2-1 favorite sat in 5th early about 10 lengths off the pace under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, then rallied past tiring horses to get second beaten 1 1/2 lengths. The Wayne Catalano trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $103,600 for owners Gary and Mary West.

Right: Third place finisher Pangburn in the post parade. The 5-2 second choice raced in 7th early, 13 lengths off the pace under Jesus Castanon, then put in a mild rally to get third beaten 5 3/4 lengths. The Ken McPeek trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $118,470 for owner Shortleaf Stable.

The horses break from the gate for the Honeybee Stakes.

On the undercard, a field of 7 older horses sprinted 7 furlongs in the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes. Ivan Fallunovalot was sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 5-1 Gentlemen's Bet and 11-2 Zee Bros. Jockey Calvin Borel sent Ivan Fallunovalot to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 21.61 and 44.58 over the fast track while pressed by Gentlemen's Bet. Entering the stretch, Ivan Fallunovalot continued to lead through 5/8 in 56.89, but Gentlemen's Bet outfinished him in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.67. It was another 5 1/4 lengths back to 7-1 Apprehender third.

Results Chart

Left: Gentlemen's Bet in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Ron Moquett said, Today was a class check more than it was a time check. Good horses makes people look good." Asked if he would go next in the Count Fleet Sprint (G3) he added, "He gets to answer that question. Were just going to do whatever is best for him. Well talk with the owner, and from that point on, well go there if we can. Id love to if its what the horse wants. Jockey Ramon Vasquez added, I asked him to settle behind the pace and he did it perfectly. When we turned for home, I asked him to run and he dug in and ran for me. Hes a really great horse, and Im glad he got this win today.

Right: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Ivan Fallunovalot in the post parade. The W.T. Howard trainee improved his record to 9 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 16 starts, earning $281,910 for owner Lewis Mathews Jr.

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