HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – When Hidden Point Thoroughbred Partners was looking to claim a horse for $25,000 last June, Goodtimehadbyall pretty much fit all the criteria.
“He had some back class. He had been in a Grade 3 when he was a young horse. We just thought bringing him into a new program and giving him some easier competition on the East Coast coming from Kentucky he might turn around,” stable manager Clay Sanders said. “He’s by Quiet American out of an A.P. Indy Mare. He had every right to be a nice horse. We took a chance on him. We like to speculate with $25,000 horses and some of them turn out to be good horses.”
After running off with the $60,500 purse of the $110,000 Rapid Transit at Gulfstream Park, Goodtimehadbyall showed himself to be one of the good ones Saturday. Saddled by Jorge Navarro, the 5-year-old gelding made a healthy return on his owners’ investment with his third win in five starts for his new connections.
Goodtimehadbyall settled off the pace under Kendrick Carmouche as Kingsford Drive set the pace, closely stalked by Ghost Is Clear along the backstretch. After advancing nearly the inside on the far turn, Goodtimehadbyall was swung four-wide coming off the turn into the homestretch and drew off to score by 4 ½ lengths.
The Kentucky-bred gelding, who was the 5-1 fourth choice in a field of 12, ran seven furlongs in 1:22.11. Ghost Is Clear, the 2-1 favorite who briefly took the lead in the stretch under Javier Castellano, finished second, 3 ¾ lengths ahead of a late-charging Grande Shores and jockey Edgard Zayas.
Goodtimehadbyall registered back-to-back allowance wins in his first two starts for Hidden Point before finishing third in a $75,000 turf handicap and off the board in an allowance last time out.
“We were actually pretty confident. Cutting back from two turns to one turn is one of our favorite moves when we claim horses. We thought the seven furlongs would fit him like a glove,” Sanders said. “His form was kind of clouded up. He reared up at the start in his last race and lost all chance in a really tough allowance against Gourmet Dinner. In the race before, it was a $100,000 stakes on the turf. We took a chance. He finished third, but he really doesn’t like turf. You put your hand over those two races and he fit really good in here.”
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