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Timber Reserve winner of the 2007 Pennsylvania Derby
After a one-year hiatus while host track Philadelphia Park was being renovated, the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) made its return to the racing calendar. A field of eleven 3-year-olds went to the gate in this 1 1/8 mile main track feature, with Illinois Derby winner Cowtown Cat sent off as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite coming off a 4th place finish in the Jim Dandy, over 9-2 second choice Zanjero, winner of the West Virginia Derby in his last start. The James Dinan-owned and Patrick McBurney trained entry of Cable Boy and Get Serious were sent off as the 5-1 third choice on the board.
First time by with Cable Boy, Timber Reserve, and Sam P out front.
Jockey Jose Velez Jr. sent Cable Boy to the early lead and he set fractions of 23.04, 46.44, and 1:10.55 while as many as 2 1/2 lengths clear of 6-1 fourth choice Timber Reserve who stalked him in second. 23-1 outsider Xchanger raced just to the outside of Timber Reserve in third. Entering the stretch, jockey Javier Castellano asked Timber Reserve for run and got it, as the John Kimmel trainee came through between the tiring pacesetter Cable Boy and Xchanger to take over the lead at the 3/16 pole. Timmber Reserve and Xchanger battled through the final furlong, but Timber Reserve held off Xchanger to prevail by just a neck in a time of 1:47.67 over the fast main track, equaling the stakes record. It was a long 3 1/2 lengths back to late-running Zanjero in third. Favorite Cowtown Cat was fractious at the starting gate, raced well off the pace in tenth early and showed no rally late, finishing eighth.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Timber Reserve Castellano 13.40 8.60 7.20 7 Xchanger Garcia 19.80 11.60 8 Zanjero Bridgmohan 3.60 Winning Time: 1:47.67 $2 Exacta 4-7 339.00 $2 Trifecta 4-7-8 1,950.80 $2 Superfecta 4-7-8-5 49,061.60
Timber Reserve in the winner's circle (left) and the trophy with trainer John Kimmel on the right (right). Kimmel said, "We felt the mile and a quarter (in the Travers) off his limited experience against the big boys was probably unwarranted. We waited the extra time even though it became a six-week interval between races. He rewarded us with a big, game effort."
Timber Reserve in the post parade. His jockey Javier Castellano said, I was very confident in the horse," Castellano said. "He had been very sharp in the morning and he's a special horse. I had a dream trip. The outside horse (Cable Boy) had more speed, so I let him go and sat right behind him. When I let him go, he finished very strong. I asked him for one move and that's exactly what he gave me."
Second place finisher Xchanger runs out after the race. 23-1 longest Xchanger raced three wide in third most of the way and put in a strong challenge in the stretch under jockey Luis Garcia but could not get by the winner. The Mark Shuman trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 11 career starts with earnings of $669,990 for owner Circle Z Stable.
Third place finisher Zanjero in the post parade. 9-2 second choice Zanjero raced in ninth early, had to alter course entering the stretch, and put in a good rally under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan but finished 3 1/2 lengths back. The Steve Asmussen trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds in 12 lifetime starts with earnings of $879,916 for owner Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC.
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