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C C's Pal and Junior Alvarado after the 2012 Honorable Miss Handicap
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The feature race on Friday at Saratoga was the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. 19,078 fans came out to the historic track under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 90's. It's Me Mom was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 8 off her win in the Satin and Lace Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice C C's Pal, winner of the Vagrancy (G2) before finishing third in the Bed O'Roses (G3) both at Belmont Park, and 5-1 third choice Roman Treasure, off her win in the Chaldea Stakes at Belmont.
Seagulls scatter as the fillies head down the stretch.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 C C's Pal Alvarado 8.50 4.50 2.80 1 Island Bound Leparoux 6.60 4.40 5 Beat the Blues Napravnik 4.40 Winning Time: 1:09.88 $2 Exacta 3-1 51.00 $2 Trifecta 3-1-5 272.00 $2 Superfecta 3-1-5-2 1,464.00
Left: C C's Pal in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said, "It was awful quick up front. We wanted to save ground around the turn. She can lead, stalk ... she fired another bullet. The instructions were outrun the inside horses, save ground around the turn and find a seam turning for home. Let her relax and let her figure out what's next. Right now, we'll keep her running short."
Right: C C's Pal in the paddock before the race.
Left: C C's Pal in the post parade.
Right: C C's Pal heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Junior Alvarado said, "This filly is just amazing. It's a little easier for you when you ride this kind of horse. Rick Dutrow really had her ready, too. My filly has enough speed to be close if they are going slow, or if they're going fast I know I'll be in a good spot. That's pretty much what happened. They went real, real fast, and I was in a nice spot saving ground. She really gave me a nice kick at the end."
Left: Second place finisher Island Bound in the post parade. 7-1 fourth choice Island Bound was last early under jockey Julien Leparoux then closed well ate but just missed by a neck. The Ian Wilkes trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 8 seconds, and 2 thirds in 22 starts, earning $257,738 for owner Robert Manfuso.
Right: Third place finisher Beat the Blues heads out to the track. 11-1 sixth choice Beat the Blues was 6th early under jockey Rosie Napravnik, but encountered traffic during her rally to finish third beaten 1 3/4 lengths. The Bret Calhoun trainee improved her record to 9 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds in 21 starts, earning $418,674 for owners Martin Racing Stable and Dan and Deb Morgan.
Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite It's Me Mom returns after the race. The 9-5 favorite went to the lead under jockey Willie Martinez but could not sustain her speed, tiring badly in the stretch to finish7th beaten 8 3/4 lengths. The Lynne Scace trainee has a record of 11 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 19 starts, earning $540,134 for owner-breeders Jean and Thomas Bosch.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh sent 9-2 fourth choice Ballet Boy to the lead along the inside and he set easy fractions of 47.50, 1:12.67, and 1:37.89 over the firm course, while as many as 3 1/2 lengths in front of Hailstone stalking in second. On the third turn Ballet Boy tired allowing Hailstone to gain the lead through 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.01. Harrods Creek, who was unhurried in fourth most of the way, came through 3 wide to gain the lead at the 1/8 pole and drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths over favorite Tahoe Lake in 2:38.55. It was just a neck back to Hailstone third.
Left: Harrods Creek in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "The race didn't really unfold the way we thought it would on paper. We thought it would unfold a little differently. We thought Hailstone would show a little bit of speed. We thought we might be sitting second or even possibly on the lead, and it didn't work out that way. A couple more horses showed speed than we anticipated, but I think our rider made the judgment to let the horse settle where he was comfortable, and he picked up the pieces at the end. It worked out great."
Right: Harrods Creek in the post parade. Winning jockey Junior Alvarado said, "It was 1 5/8 so I didn't want to break and be aggressive. I wanted to let him be comfortable, and he pretty much relaxed the whole way. By the 3/8 pole I tried to find a clear spot, and by the 1/4 pole I had a clear one outside. I asked him and he responded right away. It was pretty easy after that."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Tahoe Lake returns after the race. The 6-5 favorite stalked the pace in third under jockey Eddie Castro, then passed the tiring pacesetter to get second beaten 3 3/4 lengths. The Ken McPeek trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 6 seconds, and 4 thirds in 17 starts, earning $242,919 for owner Alastar Thoroughbred Racing.
Right: Third place finisher Hailstone in the post parade. The 4-1 third choice pressed the pace in second under jockey Joseph Rocco Jr., gained a short lead on the far turn, but tired in the stretch to finish third beaten 4 lengths. The Robert Ribaudo trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds in 16 starts, earning $231,849 for owner Marc Keller.
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