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"MAKER OR BREAKER"
City Of Phoenix Stakes
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
November 15, 2014
6 Furlongs 1:09.77
Patti & Hal J. Earnhardt III, Owners
Dan McFarlane, Trainer
Israel Hernandez, Jockey
Rock And Glory (2nd)
Gracie Grace (3rd)
$3.60 $2.10 $2.10
Order of Finish - 3, 6, 5
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OMAR IS TOP 'CABALLO' MAKER OR BREAKER BEST OF REST IN CITY OF PHOENIX
While Omar was a clear winner of the $35,000 Caballos del Sol Stakes, Maker or Breaker pulled away late in the stretch to win the $35,000 City of Phoenix Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Reduced to a four-horse scamper due to scratches, the Roberto Diodoro trained Omar ($5.80), handled confidently by Scott Stevens, was an easy 3 ½ length winner of the Caballos del Sol Stakes, with Absolutely Cool second and Bull Dozer third another 1 ¼ lengths back.
Owned by Randy Exellby, Omar raced the 6-furlongs in 1:08.97 for his seventh victory in 21 efforts. City of PhoenixThe 4-5 favorite Maker or Breaker ($3.60) pulled away from the begrudging Rock and Glory and Gracie Grace to win the City of Phoenix Stakes, the 5-year-old mare’s second consecutive stakes win. Double scratches reduced the field of fillies and mares to five.Owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt, III, trained by Dan McFarlane and ridden by Israel Hernandez, Maker of Breaker covered the 6-furlongs in 1:09.72. for her sixth victory in 13 starts and earnings of $242,924.
Sprinters, both colts and geldings and fillies and mares, will line up in the $35,000 Caballos del Sol Stakes and $35,000 City of Phoenix Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise. Both stakes are for 3-year-olds and up and both will be run at 6-furlongs.
The Caballos del Sol, for colts and geldings, attracted a compact but highly competitive field of six. Four of the six entrants are stakes winners – Lotsa Mischief, Red Zeus, Absolutely Cool and Bull Dozer - and the other two are multiple race winners - Omar and Wine Stock. Two trainers have two separate entrants each – Robertino Diodoro and Dan McFarlane.
Diodoro will send out Omar and Bull Dozer. Omar turned in a 5 ¾ length romp locally on Oct. 27 and Bull Dozer finished second as the favorite on Oct. 18th’s Bienvenido Stakes. McFarlane will counter with Lotsa Mischief, the lone 3-year-old in the field and winner of the Turf Paradise Derby; And Red Zeus, a versatile 4-year-old, with victories sprinting and routing.
Not to be left out is Valorie Lund’s ultra-competitive Absolutely Cool, who has finished in the money in 17 of 19 local starts, including five victories.
City of Phoenix
Seven fillies and mares will line up in the City of Phoenix. Again, Diodoro and McFarlane, the two leading stakes winners last meet, are sending forth two separate entries each.
Both of Diodoro’s entries figure prominently, with Rock and Glory, runner up in the Princess of Palms and Black Witch, victorious in an optional claiming event Oct. 29.
However, the McFarlane trainee, Make or Breaker was impressive in winning the Princess of Palms. The 5-year-old mare transferred her southern California form with ease, signaling she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
McFarlane will also send forth Of Royalty, whose last win came in the Chandler Stakes, Nov. 16 of last year.
Others of note are: The Arizona bred, multiple stakes winner Lady Jila and the Kevin Eikleberry-trained Quinichette, who will be making her Turf Paradise debut.
The talent will be 3-year-old colts, geldings and fillies, the surface will be grass and the stakes will be high as the $35,000 Jeff and Jack Coady, Sr., and the $35,000 Chandler Stakes are featured this Saturday at Turf Paradise.
The Coady stakes will have six entrants, colts and geldings and the Chandler nine fillies. Both races will be contested at one mile on the turf course.
The Coady stakes may be small in number but high in talent, starting with leading trainer Robertino Diodoro’s double starters of Edison and Twelve Tribes.