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Jockey Julio Felix celebrates aboard Sarah Sis after the Honeybee Stakes
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
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
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 she’d (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 wasn’t 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.
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. We’re just going to do whatever is best for him. We’ll talk with the owner, and from that point on, we’ll go there if we can. I’d love to if it’s 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. He’s a really great horse, and I’m 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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