California-based owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, trainer Michael McCarthy and jockey Ruben Fuentes swept both stakes, including the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile and the $30,000 Glendale Handicap, Saturday at Turf Paradise as the Phoenix-based track celebrated its 63rd anniversary.
Prior to taking the Fitzsimmons Mile, the trio struck first with Impasse ($9.20) in the Glendale Handicap. The 6-year-old mare was a 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Midaglia Gold with Gorgeous Ginny third in the field of 10 fillies and mares.
Impasse covered the 1 1/16 mile over firm turf in 1:43.58 for her fourth win in 23 outings for earnings of $222,949.
The winning trio came right back in the Fitzsimmons Mile with dominant 6 ½ length winner Ohio (BRZ). Longshot Thisgloryisallmine finished second with Gato Guapo third in the field of 10 older horses.
Ohio ($3.60) covered the one mile of the greensward in 1:35.87 for his eighth win in 24 efforts for earnings of $228,015.
The Fitzsimmons trophy was once again presented by Cotton’s widow, Joann, who has done so since her husband’s passing in 1994, and the inauguration of a stakes named in his honor. In addition to being a basketball coach and executive for the Phoenix Suns, Cotton was also an avid horseplayer.