Call Me Misty probably left a few chalk players rubbing their eyes after the first race on Mother’s Day at ASD when she wired the field and paid $24.20 for a $2 bet, but the big payoffs sliced through the wind and under the sun all day in front of a large and appreciative crowd.[youtube]http://youtu.be/H4CwMtHpbYk [/youtube]
Tim Moccasin, the rider of Call Me Misty, had to survive a claim of foul from leading rider Robert Reeves Jr. aboard Voice Inside, for coming over early and taking the rail, but there turned out to be nothing to it and the winner stood, anchoring a shockingly high $2 Daily Double payoff of $365.10 when heavy favorite Positive Force ($3.80) won the second race.
Jockey Paul Nolan gained ground on Robert Reeves Jr. in the standings when he won back-to-back races in the third and fourth. In the third Nolan coaxed a nice outside rally from favorite Sweet Tizzy Lizzy ($4.70) and in the fourth he showed his versatility as a rider by setting the pace under pressure inside on G. H. Gleason ($9.50) and turning back a few solid challengers in the drive.
The Pick-3 in the third race continued where the Daily Double left off, with a $2 ticket paying $394.80 for the longshot-favorite-favorite combo. Nice!
Jockey Tyrone Nelson teamed up with trainer Tom Gardipy Jr. to boot home the longest price winner of the day in the fifth race. Empire Lady paid $29.90 to win, topping a $2,582 Triactor and a Superfecta that paid $1,130.71 to anyone who had a ticket with 4-2-5-ALL on it. And the Pick-3 paid $601.90!
Big Blue Caboose ($5.60) showcased his Gold Cup-winning form of last year winning the sixth race with a dig-deep effort under jockey Rohan Singh for trainer Jerry Gourneau and it was on to the featured fillies of the day in the seventh, where class prevailed in a tight one.
She’s Copacetic looked like the best horse on paper in the seventh race, but that doesn’t always work out in horse racing. It did this time for trainer Aaron Sayler and jockey Paul Nolan, but it certainly wasn’t the walk in the park some thought it would be.
Pressing from the outside, She’s Copacetic took a short lead from It’s Wine Time ($21.50) to her inside on the turn, but just when it looked like she was going to run away from that one, It’s Wine Time came battling back throughout the stretch to make it close. It’s Wine Time was making her first start of the year for trainer Jim Smith and jockey Rohan Singh and finally tired in the late stages to lose by a length, but it was, a stellar try.
The seventh race continued the trend of big exotic payoffs as the Pick-3 paid $544.65, the Superfecta paid $1,557.70 and the Pick-4 paid $1,235. Needless to say, there were some very happy people at the track on Sunday.
Golden Gate shipper Winner in Overtime romped by 4 ½-lengths in the eighth race under jockey Jerry Pruitt for sharp owner-trainer Roger Hansen and paid a solid $15.50 to win. Winner in Overtime hadn’t run for over a year and Hansen did an excellent job in preparing him to win his first start back off a long layoff, one of the toughest tasks in the game for a trainer.
The crowd was loud, the weather was beautiful, and the longshots were faster than most of us.
On Mother’s 2012 Day at ASD.
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