Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Nakano Much the Best in Connie Ann Stakes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 3, 2012) – After three straight near-misses in stakes events, including a third in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap in early July, Thoroughbred Futures Racing’s Nakano broke through for the first stakes win of her career at Calder Casino & Race Course on Monday when drawing off to a 2 ¼-length victory in the $55,000 Connie Ann Stakes. Originally scheduled for turf, the five-furlong race was moved to the main track following a morning of localized rain.
“I have all the confidence in her today because I knew going in that I’ve got the best horse in the race,” winning rider Luis Saez said following the victory.
Becausei’mworthit retained a thinning lead through mid-stretch before Nakano powered past that rival with relative ease and was a clear winner through the wire, holding sway over her late-running stablemates Indulgence and Leopard Rock while stopping the timer in :58.88.
“I got good position today, no trouble at all, and I just waited for early in the stretch before I asked my filly to really run,” Saez said. “And when I did, I had a lot of horse. She won this race very easy.”
Trained by Marty Wolfson, Nakano paid $3.80, $3.00, and $2.60 for the win. Indulgence returned $3.40 and $2.60 for second, while Leopard Rock brought back $4.20 when completing the all-Wolfson trifecta.
With her victory in the Connie Ann Stakes, Nakano is now a three-time winner from 12 career starts with $148,702 in earnings.
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