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2020 Honeybee and Hot Springs Stakes Results

Jockey Joe Talamo celebrates aboard Shedaresthedevil after the Honeybee Stakes
Date: 03/07/2020

On Saturday, a field of 8 three-year-old fillies contested the $300,000 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 with a fast track, clear skies and temperatures in the low 60's in the afternoon for the 22,000 fans in attendance. Alta's Award was sent off as the 2-1 favorite off 2 wins in allowance company. In to challenger her included 11-4 second choice Motu, 3rd in the Suncoast after finishing 2nd in the Golden Rod (G2), and 3-1 third choice Shedaresthedevil, 2nd in the Anoakia at Santa Anita.

The fillies break from the gate for the Honeybee
Jockey David Cohen sent 9-2 fourth choice Ring Leader to the front first time by through fractions of 23.73, 47.89, and 1:12.83 while pressed by Motu and stalked by Alta's Award. Turningh for home Ring Leader tired as Motu gained a short lead through 1 mile in 1:38.16. Shedaresthedevil, 5th early under Joe Talamo, came through between horses to outfinish favorite Alta's Award by 3/4 length in 1:44.38. It was a long 3 lengths back to Motu third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey             Win   Place  Show
 2   Shedaresthedevil   Talamo            7.80    3.80  2.60
 5   Alta's Award       Santana Jr.               3.60  2.60
 1   Motu               Hernandez Jr.                   2.40

Winning Time:  1:45.78

$1 Exacta 2-5                  11.10
$0.50 Trifecta 2-5-1           16.95
$0.10 Superfecta 2-5-1-9       78.81
Results Chart

Left: Shedaresthedevil in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Joe Talamo said, "I was loaded the whole way around there. It was just a matter trying to pick a seam and boy when it opened up, she absolutely exploded through there. I was very impressed with her gallop out and distance won't be a problem. I think she's going to get every bit of the mile and an eighth or even more. Hats off to Brad (Cox) and Jorge (his assistant) they've done a great job with this filly and I don't think she's even peaked yet. I don't think we've seen the best of her yet."

Right: Trophy presentation for the Honeybee with owner Staton Flurry of Flurry Racing Stables on the right giving a thumbs up.

Left: Shedaresthedevil in the post parade. Trainer Brad Cox said by phone from Fair Grounds that Shedaresthedevil would go next in the Fantasy before the Kentucky Oaks.

Right: The post parade for the Honeybee Stakes.

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Alta's Award kicks up her heels in the infield saddling area. The Steve Asmussen trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $119,550 for owner-breeders Ed and Susie Orr.

Right: Third place finisher Motu heads out of the indoor paddock. The Ken McPeek trainee improved her record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 6 starts, earning $161,257 for owners Susan Moulton, David Bernsen, and Magdalena Racing.

Immediately before the Honeybee, a field of 5 older horses sprinted 6 furlongs in the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes. Whitmore, winner of the last 3 runnings of the Hot Springs, was the 4-5 favorite over 9-5 Share the Upside and 5-1 Mr. Jagermeister. Jockey Leandro Goncalves sent Mr. Jagermeister to the front down the back through fractions of 22.25 and 45.22 while pressed by Share the Upside and stalked by Whitmore. Mr. Jagermeister continued to lead through 5f in 56.85 but jockey Joe Talamo moved Whitmore out for room and he rallied past the pacesetter to win going away by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:08.54. It was another 2 lengths back to 8-1 Wendell Fong third.

Results Chart

Left: Whitmore in the winner's circle with trainer Ron Moquett on the far left. This is his 4th straight Hot Springs win. Moquett said, "It's so good to see him do what he does, knowing how much he loves it. We're so proud of him. If you watch horses train every morning here like I do, you know there are a lot of good horses, and we're just fortunate to have one of them."

Right: Whitmore in the post parade. Winning jockey Joe Talamo said, "For him to win this race four years in a row is incredible. I was fortunate to ride him today. What a cool horse. He really laid it down the last part."

Left: Second place finisher Mr. Jagermeister in the post parade. The Valorie Lund trainee improved his record to 11 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds in 22 starts, earning $577,460 for owner-breeder Kristin Boice, Leslie Cummings, and Valorie Lund.

Right: Third place finisher Wendell Fong in the the post parade. The Jeremiah Englehart trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $135,740 for owner Gold Square LLC.

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