Sunday, December 07, 2008
Patena ekes out Display victory
TORONTO, December 6 * Patena, at odds of 4-1, captured his first added-money win in style with a gutsy head score in Saturday's $150,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine.
For the bay two-year-old, the victory was his second from four career starts. Second was filly Hooh Why, while Red Leader finished another 1 ¼ lengths back.
Around the final turn, Landry, aboard the son of Seeking the Gold for the third time, asked the colt for his best run and he responded, engaging Hooh Why. The pair battled to the wire in a race timed in 1:44.72 on the Polytrack.
Trainer Josie Carroll, who trained Patena's dam, Handpainted, was thrilled to see the Kentucky-bred reel off his second consecutive win.
"Physically, there are a lot of similarities between the two," offered Carroll. "This horse was going to take a little time. The owners let me take as much time between races and its' certainly paid off."
Landry, who won his first Display, praised Patena for his gumption down the lane.
"I've always really liked this horse," said Landry, who is closing in on 2,000 career wins. "Josie's done a great job with him and gave him a chance to develop. He's a good, little horse. When you ride those kind of horses, it makes our job really easy."
Patena came into the Display on a winning note, a maiden-breaking 5 ¼ length romp at seven furlongs on November 9 at the Toronto oval.
Hooh Why, the lone filly in the field, put in a game effort after a third-place finish in the Glorious Song Stakes on November 15.
"She tried hard," said jockey Justin Stein. "She ran a really strong race today."
Vaquero, who finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on October 25, was scratched.
Patena paid $10.50, $5 and $3.40 across the board, combining with Hooh Why ($6.20 and $4.70) for a $95.20 exactor. Red Leader ($3.90) completed a $471.80 triactor.
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