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Motorious won the 2023 Green Flash Handicap (G3) at Del Mar, a “Win & You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The victory was the 1st in this race for top California turf trainer Phil D’Amato, who also entered Beer Can Man (finished 3rd) & Turn On The Jets (4th).
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Favored Motorious took the overland but got home in plenty of time under Geovanni Franco to capture the Green Flash Handicap by a length and three quarters.
He is owned by Anthony Fanticola and paid $7.20 to his backers as the favorite in the 12-horse field.
The total purse for the feature was $153,500 and the winner’s share was $90,000. He ran the five furlongs on turf in :56.07.
GEOVANNI FRANCO (Motorious, winner) — “I got lucky enough to where Phil would let me work him a few times in the morning so I got pretty familiar with the horse. Being given the opportunity for me was a blessing and of him being open for the race. To get to ride him, it gave me a lot of confidence. And you know what, I didn’t know how much he can run in the afternoon, but he can sure run. Phil told me he needed a clear break out of the gate, and he broke like a champion. From then on it was just a matter of time whenever I was going to ask him to go and he sure did.”
PHIL D’AMATO (Motorious, winner) – “I’m proud of all my horses. They all fired but this horse today was a cut above. We’ll gladly take the ticket to the Breeders’ Cup. I thought maybe he (Franco) was waiting a little too long but I think he knew what he had under him and when he asked him he exploded. We got a lot of pace to run at and Geovanni just found his stride and once he pressed the button, he was gone.”
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