Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016) – Champion Racing Stable Inc.’s Haveyougoneaway tightened her claim as the fastest older female at Oaklawn when she came flying past even-money favorite Thirteen Arrows for her second straight stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes.
The winner was happy to sit back in sixth-place early as the two Fair Grounds shippers, Thirteen Arrows and Warriorscmoutoplay, went head-to-head through an opening quarter mile in :22. The favorite took over after a half-mile in :45 4/5, but proved no match for Haveyougoneaway, who came four wide into the stretch and won going away. The 5-year-old Congrats mare completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04 1/5 over a fast track and was 2 ¾ lengths in front at the wire.
“I was hoping for a lot of speed,” said Loveberry. “That’s what it looked like in the program, so I sat just behind it. In the turn, I had to decide if I wanted to go to the rail our not, so I just kept her wide. She was running, so I just let her keep going. She’s getting a lot more confident in herself. Before, she was trying to make her move too early. Now, she’s just really confident with herself and she’s gotten a lot better.”
Thoughtless, who was on her toes in the paddock, weaved her way through traffic to get third at 16-1 odds. She was followed by Simply Confection, Super Saks, Warriorscmoutoplay, Be Proud, High Dollar Woman and Chanteline. Dancing Diva and Pleasant Tales scratched.
Haveyougoneaway, who won the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23, has now won four of her last five starts and overall has a record of 8-2-6 in 21 starts with earnings of $372,425. As the 5-2 second choice, she returned $7.80, $3.40 and $3.
Live racing resumes at Oaklawn Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. first post.
Spring Fever Quotes:
Winning Jockey Jareth Loveberry – “I was hoping for a lot of speed. That’s what it looked like in the program, so I sat just behind it. In the turn, I had to decide if I wanted to go to the rail our not, so I just kept her wide. She was running, so I just let her keep going. She’s getting a lot more confident in herself. Before, she was trying to make her move too early. Now he’s just really confident with herself and she’s gotten a lot better.”
Winning trainer Allen Milligan – “Jareth and this mare get along so well; when he’s on her I feel like he gets everything he can get from her. She’s an outstanding mare. For something we started ourselves and had her since her first career start, it means something special. Everything set up perfect for her in this race. She’s a truly a great horse.”
Trainer Larry Jones, second with even money favorite Thirteen Arrows – “It’s good to be back at Oaklawn. She ran well, everything went well. The other filly had a trip over the track and has proven that she already likes it here. Our filly did well. There are no complaints. That other filly just came running by us. We thought we had a winning race turning for home, but that other filly got us.”
Source: Oaklawn Park