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Sports November 30, 2012  RSS feed

Repole Stable Dominates Weekend Stakes At Big A

Stay Thirsty Goes Out A Winner; Juveniles Triumph


Overanalyze (at right) narrowly defeated Normandy Invasion by a nose in last Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, marking himself as an early contender for next year’s Kentucky Derby. 
(photo: Adam Coglianese, NYRA) Overanalyze (at right) narrowly defeated Normandy Invasion by a nose in last Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, marking himself as an early contender for next year’s Kentucky Derby. (photo: Adam Coglianese, NYRA) from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) press office

Even as Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap victor Stay Thirsty prepared to depart Todd Pletcher’s barn for his upcoming career at Ashford Stud, the trainer and owner Mike Repole have plenty to look forward to next year following Unlimited Budget’s front-running victory in last Saturday’s (Nov. 24) Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes for twoyear old fillies and Overanalyze’s triumph in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes for two-yearolds.

The trio of victories concluded a spectacular Heineken Holidayfest at Aqueduct Racetrack for Repole, who was 5-for-6 in stakes races, with Caixa Eletronica winning last Thursday’s (Nov. 22) Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap and Notacatbutallama taking the Super Mario overnight stakes last Friday, Nov. 23.

Stay Thirsty, who early in his career was often overshadowed by Repole’s 2010 Juvenile Champion Uncle Mo, caught Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint champion Groupie Doll at the wire to go out on a winning note in last Saturday’s Cigar Mile.

The four-year-old Bernardini colt, who last year took the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Grade 1 Travers Stakles, was winless in four previous starts in 2012, most recently headed by Flat Out in the Grade 1 TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

“That was very gratifying for a number of reasons,” said Pletcher, who also won the Cigar Mile with Left Bank (2001), Lion Tamer (2004) and Purge (2005). “It’s big for his future career to go out on a big note like that.”

Overall, Stay Thirsty was 5-5-1 from 15 starts with earnings of $1,936,000.

Unlimited Budget, now 2-for-2, and Overanalyze, who earlier won the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont, will head to Pletcher’s training base at Palm Meadows in Florida to freshen up for their 2013 campaigns along with stablemate Delhomme, who set the Remsen pace and finished third.

“Everyone came back from their efforts in good shape,” said Pletcher. “We’ll take them to Florida and sort it out from there.”

Big year in N.Y. for Godolphin

Dance Card’s victory in last Saturday’s Gazelle Stakes capped a highquality year for Godolphin Racing, becoming the outfit’s fifth winner of a Grade 1 in 2012. The three-year-old Tapit filly joined the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Emcee (Forego Stakes), Alpha (Travers Stakes), Questing (Alabama Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks) and It’s Tricky (Ogden Phipps Handicap) in capturing some of the most prestigious events on the NYRA circuit.

Through last Saturday, Godolphin runners were 14-6-9 from 49 starts and earned nearly $3.6 million, with 11 of those wins coming in graded stakes.

“If you put Darley and Godolphin together, it would be $7 million, almost,” said McLaughlin. “It was a pretty good year from only 40-odd starts.”