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Sun City Hadicap
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
February 10, 2018
One Mile-Turf 1:35.78
Mike Bolduc, Owner
Frank Lucarelli, Trainer
Daniel Vergara, Jockey
Comet Sixty Two (2nd)
Detail Comet Sixty Two
$16.00 $7.80 $3.80
Order of Finish - 1, 6, 5, 3
Please Give Photo Credit To: Coady Photography
Chief Cicatriz became only the third horse to achieve back-to-back wins in the 62 runnings of the track’s premier sprint race by easily winning the $75.000 Phoenix Gold Cup Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Ridden by Andrew Ramgeet, the favored Chief Cicatriz ($3.60) went right for the lead and was joined by Chief Lion until the quarter pole. It was then Ramgeet got the 5-year-old Munnings’ gelding to switch leads and the race was as good as over.
“I didn’t even have to crack him with the whip,” said Ramgeet. “He did it all on his own.”
Chief Cicatriz was 4 ½ lengths clear of the closers Leadem in Ken with Aristocratic third in the compact field of six older horses. Chief Lion tired to finished fourth.
Owned by Roy Evans and trained by Shawn Davis, Chief Cicatriz covered the 6-furlongs in 1:07.95 for his seventh win in nine starts, and now with the winner’s share of $46,035 has career earnings of $211,721.
The other two horses to have registered consecutive year wins were Absolutely Cool (2015, 2014) and Answer Do (1992, 1991)
$30,000 Sun City Handicap
Paddy’s Secret ($16.00) and Daniel Vargara took the lead, then lost it, then repeated the dance but in the end had the lead at the finish to edge out Comet Sixty Two by a half-length with Detail third in the field of eight fillies and mares.
Owned by Mike Boldue Paddy’s Secret covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:35.78 for trainer Frank Lucarelli while earning $18,042 for her fourth win in 11 outings for career earnings of $58,995.
$30,000 Turf Paradise Handicap
Longshot Born in Breeze ($30.60) came out on the winning end of a four-horse photo finish by a head over Way Striking, who was second a neck in front of High Security in the field of nine older horses.
Owned and trained by Tony Rycroft and ridden by Ismael Mosqueira, Born in a Breeze covered the 1 1/16 miles over turf in 1:41.41. It was the sixth win in 21 efforts for Born in a Breeze who now has earnings of $269,900.
The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup headlines three stakes on Super Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Super Saturday consists of three stakes surrounded by plenty of family-oriented promotions. In addition to the Gold Cup, the track’s premier sprint race run at 6-furlongs, there will be the $30,000 Sun City Handicap and $30,000 and the $30,000 Turf Paradise Handicap.
The Sun City, which attracted a field of nine 4-year-old and up fillies and mares, will be run at one mile on the turf. The Turf Paradise Handicap, also attracted a field of nine, 4-year-olds and up, for the 1 1/16 mile turf test.
The family fun starts immediately after passing thru the turnstiles as the first 4,500 fans will receive a free race horse designed T-shirt (starting at 11:00 am). Free for the kids will be multiple bounce inflatables, pony rides and face painters (Noon-4:00 pm). Live music will be provided all day by The Aaron Nelson Project. There will also be a Meet & Greet photo signing with the jockeys (11:00 am to Noon). And to guarantee the laughs, there will be a Bulldog Fashion Show (1:00 pm-2:00 pm).
The National Anthem will be sung by Stephani Loffredo, a retired military and law enforcement officer, at approximately 12 noon.
The Gold Cup
The 62nd running of the Gold Cup, which drew a field of seven sprinters, features matchups between east and west coast as well as last year’s local defending champion, Chief Cicatriz.
The “Chief” is the real thing. The 5-year-old Munnings gelding trained by Shawn Davis, has won six of eight efforts, including three stakes at three different tracks. The Chief, who has never lost when favored, took the Gold Cup last year in wire-to-wire fashion; he signaled his readiness to defend his title by romping to an easy, near track-record win in the Gold Cup prep, the Hank Mills Stakes Jan. 20.
But the Chief needs to be at his best. From Belmont Park comes crack sprinter, Chief Lion, who has over $700,000 in earnings. The 8-year-old has started in 44 races and won 11 of them.
From southern California, Aristocratic ships in from Santa Anita. The 4-year-old has won two of ten efforts and finished third in Santa Anita’s Laz Barerra (G3).
Super Saturday February 10
The biggest day in Arizona horseracing just got bigger. February 10th is Super Saturday at Turf Paradise and will feature some of the best thoroughbred horses in the southwest. In addition to three stakes races and the Budweiser Classic, the day also features a Bulldog Fashion Show and a special meet& greet with the Turf Paradise Jockey Colony.
Grandstand admission is just $3. Kids 16 and under get in for free. The first 4,500 paid admissions will get a free T-shirt.
Super Saturday includes these stakes races.
The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup
The $30,000 Turf Paradise Handicap
The $30,000 Sun City Handicap
In addition to live and local horseracing local bulldogs and their pet parents will be showcasing the latest in canine fashion at the pavilion tent.
Turf Paradise fans will have the opportunity to meet the jockeys at Turf through a meet and greet from 11am to noon on the track apron.
The day also features:
The season includes
Special Fiesta Sundays throughout the season featuring Mexican food and music
Wiener Dog Races March 3rd
Camel and Ostrich Races March 17th
Kentucky Derby Party May 5th
Turf Paradise is Arizona’s first sports franchise, and has operated continuously at the same location at 19th Ave and Bell. It offers one of the longest racing seasons in the United States thanks to Arizona’s great weather. Through Off Track Betting networks its races are viewed at OTB locations all over the United States and worldwide.
Chief Cicatriz scored a decisive victory in the $30,000 Hank Mills, Sr. Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise, giving notice that he is ready to defend his title in the upcoming Phoenix Gold Cup.
The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, the track’s premier sprint stakes and won by Chief Cicatriz last year, will be run Feb. 10 at six furlongs.
The Hank Mills
Returning from a nine-month layoff Chief Cicatriz ($5.40) left no doubt as to his fitness and his ambition to repeat-win in February’s Gold Cup. Chief Cicatriz seized the lead under Andrew Ramgeet while dueling with Shrewd Move. The two matched strides until the quarter pole when Chief Cicatriz then pulled away to 3 ½ length victory. Shrewd Move held second, a length in front of Redneck Humor in the field of eight older horses.
Owned by Roy Gene Evans and trained by Shawn Davis, Chief Cicatriz, a 3-year-old son of Munnings, covered the 5 ½ furlongs in a snappy 1:01.69. The track record is 1:01.20. The $18,042 winner’s share raised Chief Cicatriz’s earnings to $165,686 from six wins in eight career starts.
The $25,000 Sun Devil Sprint
The Robert Garvey owned, Robertino Diodoro-trained Fight to Glory ($2.80) was racing against the clock as she swept to a 6 ½ length victory over Erratic Storm with Little Dume third in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Ridden by Daniel Vergara, Fight to Glory covered the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.94 for her fifth win in 11 starts and $91,297 in earnings.
The $25,000 Startac Stakes
There was Primo Touch in his own zone and then there was the rest of the field.
Trained by Dan McFarlane and owned by Dino Balas, Primo Touch ($3.40) cruised to a 12 ½ length victory with Glenn Corbett aboard. Bocephus was second and Oh Brother Jack third in the field of six 3-year-olds.
Primo Touch, a son of Midas Touch, covered the 7 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:30.53 for his third win in 10 attempts and $48,427 in earnings.