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Gulfstream Today 1.13.2013
Lead: Flaxman Holdings Ltd.’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Absolute Crackers overcame traffic trouble in the stretch of Sunday’s ninth race allowance at Gulfstream Park to earn a hard-fought one-length victory as the 2-to-1 favorite under jockey Edgar Prado in the 1 1/16 miles turf test.
The chestnut daughter of Giant’s Causeway was making her third start in the U.S. after racing in Ireland through late spring where she posted one win and three seconds in seven starts. Absolute Crackers won her U.S. debut at Keeneland in and ‘a other than’ allowance race on Oct. 10 and came back with another good effort finishing a close-up second in the Stardust Stakes over the Aqueduct course last out Nov. 21.
“She’s exciting and has a future,” said Motion. “She’s not very big, but robust and a pleasure to be around. She reminds of Pachattack, a half-sister that did very well for us.”
Pachattack also raced for Flaxman Holdings and was a multiple Graded stakes-winner that finished second in the Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in 2011 and third behind Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs in her next start.
Absolute Crackers paid $6.00 for $2 to win and was timed the distance in 1:43:10 over ‘firm’ ground. Lally Stable’s Dame Marie finished second with Marc Keller’s Sure Route another length back in third in the field of 11 fillies and mares.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Luis Saez was clearly the riding star of the afternoon with four victories, highlighted by a thrilling photo finish score on Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s 4-year-old Csaba in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3).
The four victories sent Saez to the lead in the highly-competitive leading jockey title chase as he has posted 33 victories since the meet opened on Dec. 1, one more than defending champion Javier Castellano, who had one winner Sunday.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $242,525.02.