Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ascot Girl Wins Opener, Super Hi-5 pays $642.40

Ascot Girl rallied on the outside  to beat Danish Princess by a nose in  Thursday's first race at Gulfstream Park.

Edgar Prado rode Ascot Girl,  who is trained by Michael Matz. Racing fans remember that they teamed in 2006 with the triumphant and later ill-fated Barbaro.

Ascot Girl was the 5-2 second choice and Danish Princess was the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field.

With low-odds horses finishing 1-2, the carried over Super Hi-5 was hit by an undetermined number of bettors.

It paid $642.20 for the minimum $1 bet. The carryover coming was $1,242.44.  Bettors added $3,184 to the pool.

There will be a new Super Hi-5 pool for the second race.

Here is the order of finish for today's first race with program numbers, names and odds

first -  4  Ascot Girl 5-2
Second -- 7 Danish Princess 8-5
Third --  3   Murray's Girl   6-1
Fourth  --  8  Amizzen Grace 12-1
Fifth --   2    Image of Rachel 8-1

The  race was one mile on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.  It was a $30,000 claiming race with a $24,000 purse.

Ascot Girl, a 4-year-old, won in 1:41.07 for her fourth victory in 13 career starts. She is owned by Augustin Stable.

Barbaro was owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson.

In 2006, Barbaro won the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby. 

He was unbeaten in six starts going into the Preakness.  But he suffered a serious leg injury shortly after the start of that race.

Barbaro later developed a serious laminitis infection in several feet and was euthanized in January 2007.  He is buried near the Kentucky Derby Hall of Fame at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
--Jim Freer

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