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Friday, December 09, 2022

Jenkins and Motion win Stakes, Matz and Houghton have winners

LAUREL, Md.-- Cormaker won yet another Stakes for trainer Rodney Jenkins, while French-bred Ouraika won a Stakes for the first time for trainer Graham Motion,

Cordmaker Gen.Geoge SJames McCueCordmaker winning the Gen.George Stakes (Photo by James McCue)Hilltop Stable's 7-year-old gelding Cordmaker won his four Stakes race in a row, winning the G3, $250,000, 7 furlong General George Stakes at Laurel by 3/4 of a length on Feb. 19.

Cordmaker has now won 14 races, including nine stakes, with four seconds and seven thirds and earnings of $989,640.

The General George was his first graded stakes win.

Madaket Stables and Michael Dubb's 3-year-old filly Ouraika won the G3, $100,000.6 1/2 furlong Sweet Life Stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita by a head on Feb. 12.

Ouraika ran three times in France last year, winning a maiden race at Dax, before being imported to this country.

She ran twice last year, finishing  fourth in the Chelsey Flower Stakes and second in an allowance.

Ouraika now had two firsts and two seconds from six starts and earnings of $100,019.


MOTION had two other winners in February.

Carl F. and Yurie Pascarella's 3-year-old colt Belgrade won a $35,000, 7 furlong Allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 19.

Rated outside down the backstretch, Belgrade raced four wide on the turn and prevailed in the stretch to win by a head.

Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds' homebred 3-year-old colt won a $44,415,  1 1/16 mile Waiver Maiden Claiming race at Laurel by 3/4 length on Feb. 11.

MICHAEL MATZ saddled Runnymoore Racing's In a Spin to win a $32,000, 1 mile Maiden Claiming race at Gulfstream on Feb.4.

Running second early, In a Spin angled five wide on the turn and edged away in deep stretch to win by 1 length.

BERNIE HOUGHTON's WMT Stables bred the 5-year-old gelding All Tacked Up, now owned by Edward J. Madden and trained by Houghton.

All Tacked up won a $19,024, 1 1/16 mile Claiming race at Penn National on Feb. 15.

All Tacked Up stalked the early pace, vied for the lead three wide on the turn and drove to the finish to win by a head.





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