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2014 Vosburgh Stakes

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Private Zone takes his walk down Victory Lane after the Vosburgh.
Date: 09/27/2014

The $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G1) is a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. A field of 8 older horses contested this 6 furlong main track event, with Palace sent off as the 7-5 favorite off wins in the A.G. Vanderbilt (G1) and Forego (G1). In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Coup de Grace, third in the King's Bishop (G1) after winning the Amsterdam (G2), and 9-2 third choice Happy My Way, second in the Vanderbilt after winning the Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3).
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Private Zone (inside) and Dads Caps battle down the stretch

Happy My Way dueled for the lead with 11-2 fourth choice Private Zone through opening fractions of 22.42 and 44.81 while stalked by 15-1 Dads Caps. Entering the lane, Private Zone took over through 5/8 in 56.57 and outfinished Dads Caps to win by a neck in 1:08.95. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to late-running favorite Palace third.

Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, The Beldame, The Flower Bowl, and Kelso Handicap.

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 #  Horse              Jockey          Win  Place   Show
 7  Private Zone       Pedroza       13.80   8.10  4.50 
 5  Dads Caps          Castellano           17.60  7.40 
 1  Palace             Velasquez                   2.50 

Winning Time:  1:08.95

$2 Exacta  7-5            225.00
$2 Trifecta 7-5-1         517.00
$2 Superfecta 7-5-1-4   2,305.00
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Private Zone in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Alfredo Velazquez said, "They didn't want to ship Private Zone back to California (after the Turf Monster last out). I've trained for some of the owners before and Rene Douglas is the best friend I've got. They decided to leave the horse with me to run in this race. If he ran good, they were going to go back to the Breeders' Cup. I don't know if I'm going to keep him or if they're going to send him back to Doug O'Neill. He did a good job with the horse."

Right: Private Zone heads back to the barn after the race. Jockey Martin Pedroza said of the repeat Vosburgh winner, "He's a warrior. He's a great competitor. He doesn't like to get beat. Once he looks a horse in the eyeball he just gains confidence. I haven't been on a horse as game as this horse in 30 years."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Dads Caps in the paddock. The 15-1 shot stalked the pace in third under John Velazquez, put in a rally but just missed. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 1 third in 13 starts, earning $637,650 for owner-breeder Vince Scuderi.

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Palace heads out of the paddock before the race. The 7-5 favorite raced in fifth early under Cornelio Velasquez, then rallied to get third beaten 1 3/4 lengths. The Linda Rice trainee improved his record to 11 wins, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds in 22 starts, earning $1,349,550 for owner Antonino Miuccio.

Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, The Beldame, The Flower Bowl, and Kelso Handicap.

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