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Saturday, February 24, 2007

JAMBALAAAAAAAYA!




(Photo courtesy of Dave Landry)




One of the biggest wins by a Canadian-bred in recent years came yesterday when stocky and gritty JAMBALAYA edged $2 million earner Honey Ryder to win the Grade 1 GUlfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap at Gulfstream.



In an exciting renewal of the $300,000 race, Jambalaya was stalking the speed runners throughout the 1 3/8 race while saving ground under Javiar Castellano. When the running started to heat up on the turn for home, Jambalaya was blocked for a spell before Castellano angled the 5-year-old Langfuhr gelding out for a furious stretch. With Honey Ruder shooting up the rail and last year's GPBC winner Einstein fighting for the lead with Go Between, Jambalaya surged in time and won by a neck for $180,000 (US).



Catherine Day Phillips trains the gelding for her family's Kingfield Farms.



Jambalaya, who was a super 3rd in his season debut in the Canadian Turf Handicap on Feb. 3, continues to impress in his pre-race appearances, having grown and filled out. Let's hope we get to see this star at Woodbine this summer and fall - if not - good luck to the $2,500 yearling purchase!



Jambalaya was bred by Gus Schickedanz of Schomberg, Ontario.



1 Comments:

  • At 1:22 AM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    What a day for the Ontario Breds!!! When was the last time two Ontario Breds one stakes races at Gulfstream? A long...long time ago...if ever. Great to see Jambalaya strut his stuff. He looked amazing pre-race and showed that his is going to be a force to reckon with all season long at Woodbine. A classy win for some classy connections. Jen, as far as I am concerned he is now number one on the Canadian-bred Runners list. You win a Grade I race in the States, that is saying something. Who was the last Canadian bred horse to win a Grade 1 race at Gulfstream? The only one I can think of is Mt. Sassafras when he defeated Skip Away in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. My memory is going though so there may be others after him that have. Twilight Meteor was again very sharp yesterday. It was never in doubt once he got racing room that he was going to win it. Smart Strikes 1....2. One of the best sires right now. Twilight Meteor is one to consider as we look forward to the Plate, but maybe team Pletcher has Derby aspirations with this runner. Who knows. Keep up the great work J-Mo!

     

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