Friday, October 02, 2009
IRISH GYPSY’S UPSET GIVES GOMEZ FIRST RIDING WIN OF MEET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2009) – Improving filly Irish Gypsy provided Garrett Gomez, the nation’s leading money-winning jockey the last three years, with his first win of the young Oak Tree meeting on Friday when posting a 5-1 upset in the featured $45,400 allowance event for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs.
Irish Gypsy rallied from next-to-last in the field of six to overtake pace-setter Sleep Tight and score by one length while the latter nosed out 11-10 choice Mona de Momma for the place. The final time was 1:16.37.
The winner paid $12.40, $6 and $2.80. Sleep Tight, handled by Michael Baze, returned $7.20 and $3.20. Mona de Momma, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, paid $2.40 to show.
Purchased for $120,000 as a yearling, the 3-year-old Irish Gypsy, a Kentucky-bred who is out of the Relaunch mare Rayelle, gained her third win in her last six races while bringing her overall record to 3-1-1 in eight starts. The winning purse of $27,000 elevated her earnings to $108,940.
On Saturday, Oak Tree presents the 20th California Cup racing extravaganza with nine stakes races restricted to Cal-breds and headed by the $200,000 Cal Cup Classic with Grazen established as the even-money favorite. Nick Alexander’s roan homebred has captured 4 of 5 starts this year’s including Hollywood Park’s Grade III Affirmed Handicap.
All Cal Cup attendees will receive a free Cal Cup t-shirt with paid General Admission. First post for the 10-race program is 12 noon.
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