Monday, January 19, 2009
Oilgonewile Wire-to-Wire for 22-1 Upset in Sweetest Chant
Chester Bishop and partners’ 3-year-old filly Oilgonewile had won her last stakes start leading from start to finish in late November as a 13-1 longshot, but still got little respect from the bettors before going wire-to-wire to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 22-1.
With jockey Wesley Henry aboard, Oilgonewile coasted under the wire in 1:36:24 over the ‘firm’ turf course, finishing 1¾ lengths clear of Edward P. Evans’ Weekend Strike in second. James Riccio’s Exe finished another neck back in third while A. Steven Miles Jr.’s 5-2 favorite Banker’s Choice retired to last in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies.
Winning Jockey Quotes
“Everything really went like we planned it. She broke away (from the gate) beautifully, and I just wanted to stay with the rest of the field before letting her accelerate around the quarter pole. That’s when she wanted to, so I let her do the rest. I couldn’t ask her for more. She deserves a lot of the credit. It always helps when you get such a nice ride.”
Winning Trainer Quote
“Fortunately, there wasn’t much other speed in there and Wesley (Henry) was able to get her clear in front in the first turn. The fractions weren’t that strong and he had plenty left to finish. After she tired in the John Franks (10th at Calder on Nov. 8), we changed some things in her training and she went on and went all the way in her last start (wire-to-wire victory in Georgia Debutante). There is a whole series of races for her division here at the meet, so we’re set for the winter. I think she’s all-terrain, so if a race comes off the turf, we’re still in it.”
24:39, 48:33, 1:12:03 & 1:36:24
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