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Jockey Cornelio Velasquez and Showing up after winning the Jamaica
The $300,000 Jamaica Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon featured 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf course. A field of eight went to the starting gate, with Showing Up the obvious standout, winner of the Colonial Turf Cup and the Secretariat Stakes before finishing third in the Man o’War against older horses. He returns to 3-year-old competition as the heavy 2-5 favorite over 5-1 Outperformance, winner of an allowance in his last start after a poor showing in the American Derby, and 7-1 Carnera, second in the Kent Breeders‘ Cup in his last start.
The start of the Jamaica Breeders' Cup Handicap
27-1 outsider Kiss the Kid and Carnera dueled on the front end around the clubhouse turn and down the backstretch through slow fractions of 25.23, 49.72, and 1:12.97 over the “good” turf course, while jockey Cornelio Velasquez kept Showing Up in a comfortable stalking position 2 lengths off the pace and 3 lengths clear of the rest of the field. Around the far turn, Velasquez took him out wide to circle the pacesetters and loosened his grip on the reins, allowing Showing Up to hit his best stride. The favorite powered to the front on his own, and drew away through the stretch to win by 3 1/2 lengths over late-running Outperformance in a time of 1:47.81. It was another 2 lengths back to 15-1 Spider Power in third.
Check out the other races on the card: The Champagne for the 2-year-old colts and The Frizette for the fillies.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Showing Up Velasquez 2.90 2.20 2.10 6 Outperformance Castellano 4.10 3.20 9 Spider Power Migliore 3.80 Winning Time: 1:47.81 $2 Exacta 4-6 8.70 $2 Trifecta 4-6-9 30.80Results Chart from DRF
Showing up in the winner's circle with owner Roy Jackson (black suit) and trainer Barclay Tagg (gray suit). Tagg said, "He ran a beautiful race. He settled behind the speed very nicely. I never expected him to be that cool. Outperformance was a horse I was worried about. (Trainer) Rick Violette is as hot as a firecracker and we were giving that horse a lot of weight (124 pounds to 115 pounds). When Outperformance came up alongside of him, he kicked in beautifully. I loved his race. My plan is to go to Hollywood with him (Hollywood Derby)."
Showing up waits to load behind the gate before the race. Winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez said, "(Jockey Javier) Castellano's horse (Outperformance) ran big. I had a lot of horse at the quarter pole; he was more relaxed today. I think Castellano's horse was better than the last time they ran together, but my horse is very good."
Second place finisher Outperformance loads in the gate before the race.
Third place finisher Spider Power head for the gate before the race.
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