First Stakes winners: In appendices pressed from start, Sibelius takes over at Pimlico – Horse Racing News
Junior Alvarado guided Sibelius to victory in Lite the Fuse at Pimlico
Thanks to a masterful run from jockey Forest Boyce, In a Hurry slowed things down early and came home late to renege on an offer from Plum Ali and claim their first career win in Saturday’s $100,000 All Along. at the Pimlico Race Course.
Contrary to its name, Stuart Janney III’s In a Hurry was in no rush as Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey’s go-to rider Boyce in Maryland put her on an undisputed quarterback lead mile in a quiet: 26.79 and a half mile in: 52.65 with Gladys, a full sister to Hall of Fame mare Rachel Alexandra, and tied favorite Plum Ali giving the closest pursuit.
“Actually, everything went pretty well. I thought there would be two horses to go with us, but luckily they left us alone and we kind of did everything for us, which was good,” Boyce said. It was the second victory of the day for Boyce after winning Race 2 over West Newton, a 6-year-old gelding bred in England by Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
“It’s great,” Boyce added, “especially with this horse because we keep knocking on the door and we haven’t quite got there yet. It’s pretty special today.
In a Hurry rallied for home in command with Capital Structure making an away bid and Plum Ali advancing on the rail as six furlongs went in 1:17.59. In a Hurry dug in with determination and held off Plum Ali to win by half a length in 1:52.71 on a firm turf course.
In each of its previous three races, In a Hurry has kept pace and finished third in the July 16 Big Dreyfus at Laurel Park, August 15 Old Nelson at Colonial Downs and May 21 Gallorette (G3), the latter on the sub -map of the 147th Preakness Stakes (G1).
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“We really wanted to earn a stake with her and it seemed like a good place. We have been close. She has a lot of black type but she just hadn’t won a bet,” he added. “Obviously Forest did a terrific job today. I thought to myself when they crossed the finish line that there had been a number of times someone else had done this to us, and it’s pretty good to be on the best side of it.
Lake Lucerne is third a length and a half behind Plum Ali, a head ahead of Gladys, followed by Youens and Capital Structure. Champagne Toast has been scratched.
The All Along is named after the French-bred filly who won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Rothmans International, Turf Classic and Laurel’s Washington DC International in the space of 41 days in 1983, en route to becoming the premier horse based abroad. to be voted American Horse of the Year. A winner of nine races and more than $3 million in purse money in 21 starts, she was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Sibelius Records Wins First Bid in Lite The Fuse
Also on the Pimlico card, Jun Park and Delia Nash’s 4-year-old gelding Sibelius won his first stakes race when he led all the way to win the $100,000 Lite The Fuse by 7½ lengths over Jaxon Traveler, winner of several stakes.
Sibelius, who had won one of his last six races, all against a company of optional indemnity claimants, escaped cleanly from the gate and took over as Jaxon Traveler shortly after the break.
Under jockey Junior Alvarado, the son of Not This Time passed the fractions of :22.76 and :45.43 by Quick Tempo before Jaxon Traveler moved to three entering the stretch and aimed for the leader. But Alvarado still had plenty under him, and Sibelius walked away along the stretch.
Trained by Jeremiah O’Dwyer, Sibelius covered all six stadiums in 1:09.30.
“When I started the race I thought they would be a bit faster, but he ran out the gate and I didn’t want to take anything away. He was traveling very well. It was going easy for him,” said said Alvarado.
“It was a big effort on his part today,” O’Dwyer said. “He’s 4 now, and I think this is his year. He put it all together.
O’Dwyer said he would consider running Sibelius next month at the $350,000 Phoenix at Keeneland.