Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016) – Champion Racing Stable’s Haveyougoneaway, benefitting from the garden spot behind the two early leaders, inched away in the final stride to win Saturday’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes by a neck over 6-5 favorite Sarah Sis. As is tradition, Miss Arkansas Loren McDaniel presented the trophy to the winning connections.
From the start, the top two betting choices and expected front runners, Sarah Sis and Super Saks, went head to head through opening fractions of :22 and :45 3/5 for the first half mile. The favorite disposed of Super Saks entering the stretch, but soon had to battle with Haveyougoneaway, who came up the rail to overtake her rival late. The winner completed the six furlong race in 1:10 1/5 over a fast track.
“The race set up perfect for us,” said winning jockey Jareth Loveberry. “The two speed horses went to the front as I expected and I was able to set off them. The rail opened up for us down the lane and I had plenty of horse to get her going. I was worried the #2 Sarah Sis was digging in and was going to get to us, but we were able to stay in front and get up for the win. She’s an honest filly that tries hard wherever she goes. She loves it here and showed it today.”
Meshell finished third and was followed by Super Saks, Swing It Dish, Donita’s Ruler and Spring Included.
Haveyougoneaway, a 5-year-old Congrats mare trained by Allen Milligan who had finished third in the same race last year, improved her record to 7-2-6 in 20 starts and has now earned $312,425. She returned $9, $3.40 and $3 at odds of 7-2.
American Beauty Quotes:
Winning trainer Allen Milligan, Haveyougoneaway:
Noting the rail-skimming ride by jockey Jareth Loveberry.
“The pace set up perfect for him. Jareth, he loves this filly. This is his favorite horse. He just really gets along good with her.”
Milligan said Haveyougoneaway will “definitely” make her next start in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs Feb. 20 at Oaklawn.
Winning jockey Jareth Loveberry: “The race set up perfect for us. The two speed horses went to the front as I expected and I was able to set off them. The rail opened up for us down the lane and I had plenty of horse to get her going. I was worried the #2 Sarah Sis was digging in and was going to get to us but we were able to stay in front and get up for the win. She’s an honest filly that tries hard wherever she goes. She loves it here and showed it today.”
Jockey Julio Felix, second on favorite Sarah Sis: “It didn’t set up the way I had hoped. I didn’t want to be on the lead, but I didn’t have the best post position and my filly was fresh. If I would’ve taken back I would have been shuffled back and gotten too much dirt in her face. I had to play the cards I was dealt. She did break well and when we went to the front I was hopeful I could slow her down a bit, but it never happened. I wish I would have been outside of Super Saks, because we would’ve had a different trip. It was the only thing I was worried about and it happened. She was about 80 percent fit and got pressed hard and showed how much heart she has cause she fought hard all the way until the end. She’s a talented filly and we’ll get them next time.”
Source: Oaklawn Park