Coarsegold Wins Secret Grace on Disqualification
After a lengthy deliberation by the stewards after Sunday’s $70,000 Secret Grace Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Goodwood Racing II’s Swear Me In was disqualified from first and place third for interference to two rivals at the top of the stretch, leaving Walter Burris’ Coarsegold runner-up as the winner of the one-mile turf test for 3-year-old fillies.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo was aboard Swear Me In as they came toward the stretch in second and swung out to go by the leader Street Gem. But several rivals in the field of seven appeared to be pushed out, including Coarsegold and Amerman Racing Stables LLC’s 9-to-10 favorite Coffee Clique, who finished third.
“I’ll take it,” said trainer Mark Hennig of Coasegold’s victory in the stakes race after just breaking her maiden going five furlongs over the course last out on March 7 in her seventh career start. “I once won a stakes in New York a few years back with a horse that finished third and they took the first two down.
“She (Coarsegold) got pinched in the first turn and I think she took the worst of it at the top of the stretch when the other horse (Swear Me In) came out. I was proud of her re-rallying after that. They can’t take the black-type away now.”
Ridden by jockey Joe Bravo, Coarsegold is a Kentucky homebred daughter of Giant’s Causeway and finished three-quarters of a length behind Swear Me In and one length ahead of Coffee Clique. Coarsegold paid $22 for $2 to win as the race was timed in 1:34:15 over the ‘firm’ ground.