Feb. 16, 2013
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013) – Pippin Stakes winner Don’t Tell Sophia extended her win streak to three with another equally impressive performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes before an on-track crowd of 21,291.
Breaking from the rail under leading rider Robby Albarado, Don’t Tell Sophia was unhurried early and settled into fourth place as Minesave led the field through fractions of 24 and 48 1/5 for the first half mile. The winner began her move entering the far turn and by the time the field had entered the stretch, she was well clear of her four other rivals, drawing off to win by 6 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:44. She’s All In made up ground late to get second by three-quarters of a length over the 6-5 favorite Tiz Miz Sue. Minesave and Bahama Bound completed the order of finish.
“She’s a monster right now,” said trainer Phil Sims. “Having a race over the track didn’t hurt. It was a definite advantage. She’s such a big filly. She always just kind of falls out of the gate. I just told Robby to not get in trouble in the small field. She really just loves this track. The Azeri (Stakes (G3) March 16) is a definite.”
Don’t Tell Sophia, a 5-year-old Congaree mare who races for her trainer and Jerry Namy, won for the sixth time in 12 starts and has now earned $243,606. She returned $5, $3.20 and $2.10 as the 6-5 second choice.
It was a disappointing day for jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Steve Hobby, who each lost their two respective races on the card. Borel, who was riding for the first time since breaking his wrist in January, remains one win shy of reaching his 5,000th win milestone, while Hobby, the trainer of Tiz Miz Sue, is two wins away from 1,000 career victories. Borel has no mounts on Sunday and three Monday. Hobby will saddle one horse in the last race Sunday and two on Monday, including Big Lute in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3).
Live racing resumes Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. first post.