Jan. 22, 2011
SATANS QUICK CHICK GETS HER WIN IN SATURDAY’S PIPPIN STAKES
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011) – With no Zenyatta’s in the field, Jerry Jamgotchian’s Satans Quick Chick finally got the stakes win that eluded her all last year in Saturday’s $75,000 Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park, overcoming slow early fractions to catch She’s All In.
Last October, Satans Quick Chick chased a slow pace and finished in a dead-heat for third in the Lady’s Secret Stakes (G1) behind the eventual 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta during the Oak Tree at Hollywood meet.
Following his instructions from trainer Eric Reed to a tee, jockey Michael Baze allowed Satans Quick Chick to settle into last place early as Stage Magic went for the lead and set soft fractions of :24 4/5 and :49 for the first half mile, while being tracked closely by three rivals. Baze began to make his move leaving the backstretch and steadily gained on the early leaders through the stretch, winning by three-quarters of a length over She’s All In. Stage Magic held for third over the favorite Tidal Pool, who had taken the lead briefly at the top of the stretch, but was unable to sustain her bid.
Final time for the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares was 1:48 over a good track.
“It actually turned out pretty easily, especially going into the first turn when I saw four horses all lined up,” said Baze. “The race figured to have a lot of speed, and then the way the track had been playing, I knew she was going to have to do a little bit of running to get it. They told me to stay about four or five lengths off the pace and I was able to wait back there, especially with the way they shot out of the gate like that. I was able to save ground on the second turn, sit chilly and she when I asked her, she came home strong. As I was working my way forward, I thought 'If none of these re-break I'm the winner.’”
“I’m just so happy for her,” said Reed by phone. “I was a little worried when I first saw the fractions, but once I saw her changing her stride at the eighth-pole, I just started praying that she’d get there in time. We almost didn’t run her, but I’m glad we did. This was only her second race on dirt and if she liked it today, we’re pretty sure she’ll like it later in the meet when it gets a little tighter.”
Reed indicated that the plan is to keep Satans Quick Chick at Oaklawn and point to the other stakes for older filly and mares later in the meet. That series culminates with the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) on April 15 and Reed said that would be their ultimate goal.
Satans Quick Chick, a 5-year-old Sky Mesa mare, improved her career record to 5-1-3 in 12 starts and has earned $303,973. She returned $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60 at as the 3-2 second wagering choice.
Live racing resumes Sunday at Oaklawn Park with a 1:30 p.m. first post. The feature will be the $50,000 American Beauty.
Jockey Luis Quinonez, second, aboard She’s All In:
“I got intimidated at the 3/16th, but she got going again and ran a good race.”
Jockey Calvin Borel, third aboard Stage Magic:
“She's a small horse but I was feeling pretty good around the turn. Kind of a plodder but she tries hard. At one point I thought it was going to be me and Terry (Thompson aboard Tidal Pool).”
Jockey Terry Thompson, fourth aboard the favorite Tidal Pool:
“We were right there after a mile, after that it was a little bit too much for her.”