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Luke Kruytbosch Stakes
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
November 12, 2016 Race #07
6 Furlongs 1:08.58
Warlock Stables & Horseplayers Racing Club #240, Owners
Jeffrey Metz, Trainer
Eswan Flores, Jockey
Rockin Home (2nd)
Storm Power (3rd)
$4.20 $2.60 $2.10
Order of Finish - 3, 2, 4, 6
Please Give Photo Credit To: / Coady Photography
The two favorites left little doubt as to why the bettors felt they were sure winners as
Constellation romped in the $30,000 City of Phoenix Stakes and Kaabraaj followed suit in winning the $30,000 Luke Kruytbosch Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
The tip off with Constellation was listed in the program as the 3-year-old filly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, a trainer who competes and wins in Grade 1 competition. The second tip off was the nearly $60,000 bet to show on the filly.
Constellation ($2.60) was cross-country-ing from New York’s Aqueduct to the trainer’s home base in California. Given that the filly, an $800,000 2-year-old purchase at the Ocala Sales, had not raced since March, the City of Phoenix Stakes set up as an easy comeback for her seven-month freshner and her first start and win against older company.
Ridden by David Flores (substituting for Alex Solis), Constellation allowed BCZ Middleton to set the early pace, and then pulled away from that one without breaking a sweat to win by 5 ¼ lengths. BCZ Middleton held the place with Queen Kate finishing third in the field of six fillies and mares.
Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, Constellation covered the six furlongs in 1:09.52 for her fourth victory in seven efforts and earnings of $299,464.
The Luke Kruytbosch
Kaabraaj and Eswan Flores followed a nearly identical race pattern to victory as Constellation by tracking a pace setter, in this case Rockin Home, and then with little effort slipped away to a 6 ¼ length victory. Storm Power finished third in the field of six older horses.
Owned by Warlock Stables and trained by Jeff Metz, Kaabraaj ($4.20) raced the 6 furlongs in 1:08.58 to capture his sixth victory in 19 outings. The 4-year-old Kaabraaj now has earnings of $135,620.
Dollar Day Friday. Free Sweatshirts On Saturday. Sunday Fiesta Day.
Once again Turf Paradise is the go-to place for fans and families to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a 61 year tradition that began when weary shoppers sought refuge from the malls.
After you’ve spent a few grand on a flat screen TV that will be obsolete in two years or $100 for a pillow you saw advertised on that TV, perhaps it’s time to visit Turf Paradise where the horses go fast and the dollar goes far.
Turf has three days of exciting and inexpensive fun. It’s a great place to take the kids or those family members from out of town who keep monopolizing your new TV.
Dollar Day Friday November 25th
It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you and your brother-in-law are still arguing about the outcome of the election. It’s the perfect time to take the family to Turf Paradise. Grandstand admission is $1 Friday. So are hotdogs, popcorn, soda, and ice cream. Kids 16 and under get in free. General parking is free. And you’ll be free to enjoy a day of live and local horse racing where you can watch wager and win. There’s also $2 draft beer.
Family Fun Day November 26th
It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and you and your brother-in-law are arguing over whether that $100 pillow was really worth the money. After spending all your cash holiday shopping, Turf Paradise offers a day of family fun. Grandstand admission is $2. Kids 16 and under get in free and the first 3,000 paid admissions get a free Turf Paradise sweatshirt. In addition to a full card of live horse racing, there are two heart-stopping stakes races. The Queen of the Green Stakes and the Walter Cluer Memorial Stakes feature the best local and regional thoroughbreds competing in two signature races. There’s also live music and a kids fun park with bounce house inflatables. Plus $3 aluminum bottle beer.
Sunday Fiesta Day November 27th
Sunday has arrived and all the good leftovers have been eaten. Rather than dine on string beans, Jell-O salad, and turkey fragments, take the family to Turf Paradise for Fiesta Sunday where you can enjoy Mexican food specials and music. Grandstand admission is just $2 and kids 16 and under get in free. There will be a full card of live horse racing, including some of the best quarter horse racing in the southwest.
And if you still have the urge to go holiday shopping, Turf Paradise has two gift stores where you can find a large assortment of gifts for horseracing fans or anyone who loves horses.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “What better way to take the stress out of the holidays than to spend part of Thanksgiving weekend at Turf Paradise. From bargains to family fun to a fiesta, there’s something for everyone. ”
Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona’s first sports franchise.
Jockey Jake Barton dominated the two turf stakes by winning the $25,000 Chandler Stakes with Eyesadreamin and the $25,000 Jeff and Jack Coady Stakes with Woodie B Awesome Sunday at Turf Paradise.
Benefiting from a superbly timed ride by Barton, Eyesadreamin ($11.80) came from last to collar 1-5 prohibitive favorite Complimentary within an eighth of a mile of the wire and drew away to win by two and one-half lengths with Trinni third in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.
Owned by Double Kee and trained by Bobbie Grissom, Eyesadreamin covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:36.50. The daughter of multiple stakes winner Ez Dreamer has now won three of 10 efforts for earnings of $37,835.
Barton employed similar tactics by reserving Woodie B Awesome ($9.80) of the pace until engaging the pace-setting and game Cable Jett late in the stretch, prevailing over that one by a head with 9-5 favorite Arizona Moon third in the field of eight colts and geldings.
Owned by Andy Spitainy and trained by J. Jay Kruljac, Woodie B Awesome covered the one mile over turf in 1:35.92 for his second win in 10 lifetime starts.
Prohibitive favorite McKenzie Honey romped to victory in the $51,775 fillies division while even-money choice Yo Y Me delivered for the $60,162 colt and geldings in split divisions of the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Fall Sales stakes for aspiring two-year-olds Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Martin Bourdieu sat confidently as he guided 2-5 favorite McKenzie Honey ($2.80) to a nine-length victory for owner-trainer Jonathan Nance. Top Hat Wildcat finished second and Bring On the Bling third in the field of seven juvenile fillies.
McKenzie Honey, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Parading, covered the 6-furlongs in 1:11.02 for her third career win in six starts and earnings of $74,023.
Meanwhile the William Matthews, Lloyd Yother-owned Yo Y Me ($4.20) rallied for a half-length victory over Howdy Kingkowboy with Wolf Bounty third in the field of 11 colts and geldings. Trained by Kevin Eikleberry and ridden by the trainer’s son Ry Eikleberry, Yo Y Me covered the 6-furlongs in 1:10.92 for his second win in six starts.