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Texas Wedge Wins World of Trouble Turf

Jan 25, 2020
Jean Elizabeth in Ladies’ Turf Sprint
Atomic Blonde Takes the South Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Flavien Prat put Texas Wedge in an ideal tactical position and he delivered, catching Carotari in deep stretch Saturday to win the World of Trouble Turf Sprint presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale by a head.

With his victory in the five-furlong 150,000 World of Trouble, Texas Wedge improved to 2-0 in 2020. He opened the year for trainer Peter Miller with a win in the Joe Hernandez (G2) at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day.

Texas Wedge, sent off at 9-2 in the field of eight, reached the wire in 55.84 seconds and paid $11.80. Carotari, also 9-2, finished three-quarters of a length in front of Fielder, who was 25-1 in the wagering. Shekky Shebaz, the 1-2 favorite, ended up fourth.

Carotari, starting from the outside post, quickly moved over to press the early pace set by Pay Any Price of 21.68 seconds and 44.20. Prat stayed inside and targeted Shekky Shebaz, who was making his first start since winning the Claiming Crown Canterbury on Dec. 7. Carotari took the lead in the stretch, but could not hold off Texas Wedge when he arrived to his outside.

“We had a good trip,” Prat said. “We were behind the horse to beat. I was able to move around at the quarter-pole and then he was game to catch the leader.”

Texas Wedge, a Kentucky-bred son of Colonel John, is co-owned by Altamira Racing Stable, Rafter JR Ranch, STD Racing Stable and A. Miller. The World of Trouble was his third win in five starts at the distance.

“Great ride, great trip. Flavien’s a great jockey,” Miller said. “This horse, giving six pounds to the runner-up and he’s not a big horse, it did its job and evened the race out. I’m just really proud of the horse. He ran a big race.”

“He’s a great little gelding. We bought him for $30,000 at OBS and I just couldn’t be prouder of the horse and my whole team. It was a great job by everyone.”

$150,000 Ladies’ Turf Sprint

Jean Elizabeth, already a multiple winner on dirt and synthetic surfaces, added a victory on grass to her resume in her first try Saturday to extend her winning streak to six.

The gray 5-year-old Illinois-bred caught pacesetter Girls Know Best in the stretch under Irad Ortiz Jr. won by a half-length. She completed the five furlongs in 55.26 seconds. The daughter of Adios Charlie trained by Larry Rivelli paid $7.60 to win. Jean Elizabeth has won 13 of 19 career starts and has never been worse than third.

“I rode her last time and she beat the favorite on dirt,” Ortiz said. “I was told the filly would like the turf, so I rode her with confidence. Today, I let her settle a little bit and at the quarter-pole, I asked her and she was there for me.”

$150,000 South Beach

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano brought Atomic Blonde up the rail to beat even-money favorite Mitchell Road by 1 ½ lengths and give trainer Todd Pletcher his third victory in the first six races on the program.

Atomic Blonde, a 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, is co-owned by John Gunther and Eurowest Bloodstock Services. She completed the about 7 ½ furlongs turf race in 1:28.03 and paid $13.00. La Feve was third.

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