Absolutely Cool, Az Ridge Go for Hat Tricks on Super Saturday at Turf Paradise
Two Two-time defending champions will go for their respective hat tricks with Absolutely Cool in the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup and Az Ridge in the $35,000 Turf Paradise Handicap Saturday at Turf Paradise. Known as Super Saturday because of three stakes races on the same card, the Gold Cup and Turf Paradise Handicap will also include the $35,000 Sun City Handicap. The Gold Cup, which is celebrating its 60th running, features the track’s premier sprint race at 6 furlongs. It drew a field of 11 runners. The Turf Paradise Handicap, for 4-year-olds and up, attracted a field of nine for the 1 1/16 miles turf test. The Sun City lured a field of 11 fillies and mares for the one mile grass event... Read More
Absolutely Cool Takes Hank Mills Stakes
Living up to his name Absolutely Cool turned on the afterburners in the last eighth of a mile and cruised to victory in the $35,000 Hank Mills, Sr. Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise. A generous 5-2 favorite, Absolutely Cool ($7.00), who is now a perfect three-for-three this season in stakes wins, was ridden patiently by Jake Barton, passing seven rivals with ease to win by three-quarters of a length. The Robertino Diodoro-trained duo of Storm Power and Omar finished second and third respectively in the field of eight older horses. As is Absolutely Cool’s custom, he trailed the field until the eighth pole and then accelerated and lengthened his stride, winning with ears pricked, covering the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.37. Read More
Sprinters Prep in Hank Mills Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise
Sprinters with their eyes on next month’s Phoenix Gold Cup will test their fitness in the $35,000 Hank Mills Sr., Handicap Saturday at Turf Paradise. The 5 ½ furlongs Mills, the traditional prep for the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup (Feb. 13), attracted a field of eight, including local sprint ace Absolutely Cool. Absolutely Cool, who’s won the Phoenix Gold Cup the last two years, is undefeated in two starts this season, delivering as the favorite in both the Bienvenido and Luke Kruytbosch stakes. To say the now 9-year-old has a fondness for the local course would be understatement, having won eight of 26 starts locally with seven seconds and seven thirds. Trained by Valorie Lund, Absolutely Cool sports a bankroll of $345,342. Read More
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