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Good With People gets a pat after winning the I'm Smokin Stakes
The feature race on Friday at Del Mar was the $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for Golden State Series-eligible California-bred or sired 2-year-old going six furlongs on the main track. Conditions were typical for the seaside track in early September with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. After 6 of the originally drawn field of 10 scratched out of the race, just 4 went to post with Graduation Stakes runner-up Good With People sent off as the 9-10 favorite. In to challenge him were 2-1 Touchdown Brown, 7th in the Graduation, 7-2 Tacoflavoredkisses, a maiden winner last out, and 9-2 Pappy Boyington, a debut winner last out.
Good With People leds down the stretch
Jockey Abel Cedillo sent Good With People to the led exiting the chute and he set fractions of 22.48 and 45.59 while pressed by Tacoflavoredkisses and stalked by Touchdown Brown. Turning for home Good With People opened up a 2 length lead through 5f in 57.51. Touchdown Brown put in a late rally but Good With People held him off to win by 1/2 a length in 1:10.37. It was a long 4 1/4 lengths back to Tacoflavoredkissed third, and 8 more to Pappy Boyington last.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Good With People Cedillo 3.80 2.40 ---- 7 Touchdown Brown Hernandez 2.80 ---- 3 Tacoflavoredkisses Prat ---- Winning Time: 1:10.37 $1 Exacta 5-7 4.20 $2 Quinella 5-7 5.00 $1 Trifecta 5-7-3 8.60 $1 Superfecta 5-7-3-6 8.30Results Chart
Left: Good With People in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Peter Miller said, "We took the blinkers off and I think that made the big difference. He was a little too aggressive last time with the blinkers and he couldn't see the horses coming at the end. We worked him without the blinkers and he did really well. And Abel (Cedillo) did a good job. It got a little close at the end. He looked like a winner last time, too, at the eighth pole and the 16th pole, so I wasn't counting my eggs before they were hatched."
Right: Good With People in the post parade. Winning jockey Abel Cedillo said, "The last time I rode him (Graduation Stakes August 2), we had an easy lead and he got real tired. I suggested to Peter that we take the blinkers off to help him relax. That's just how it worked today. We went to the front, but he did it easily. He had enough late this time to get the job done."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Touchdown Brown returns after the race. The Rafael Becerra trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 3 starts, earning $49,500 for owners Edward Brown Jr., Alan Klein, and Philip Lebherz.
Right: Third place finisher Tacoflavoredkisses in the paddock before the race. The Simon Callaghan trainee improved his record to 1 wins, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $48,000 for owners Jason Litt and Alex Solis.
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