STREAMLINE FLIES LATE FOR UPSET PIPPIN VICTORY
Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016)
Streamline proved she’s all heart in Sunday’s $100,000 Pippin Stakes when she split foes late and narrowly beat 3-2 favorite Theogony by a neck at odds of 15-1.
Ridden by jockey Chris Landeros, Streamline raced close to the pace early as Tosha Talifero led the field through opening fractions of :23 3/5 and :47 1/5 for the first half mile, but had dropped back to seventh after six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. She showed her gameness once clear, splitting foes late and getting up in the final jump. The winner completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:44 3/5.
“I was just like, 'Something open up, please,' said trainer Brian Williamson. “He (jockey Chris Landeros) looked like he had horse. It did finally open up, and when he said go she went. I couldn't ask for more.”
Tosha Talifero held on for third. She was followed by Cash Control, Rosie My Rosie, Ribbon of Darkness, Cabana, Pearl Turn and Sawsan.
Streamline, a 4-year-old Illinois-bred Straight Line filly, improved her record to six wins from nine starts and has now earned $145,276. She returned a generous $32, $11.20 and $6.80.
Live racing resumes Monday with a 1 p.m. first post. The nine-race card is highlighted by the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile. The special holiday Monday card will also feature an American Bobble Horse Giveaway. The bobble horses are available for a $2 donation to the Arkansas Racetrack Chaplaincy while supplies last.
Pippin Stakes Quotes:
Winning Jockey Chris Landeros, Streamline: “She has a heart of gold. She’s so kind. We had a little bit of a trouble trip stuck down in the pocket. I had a chance to suck her back and she just took a deep breath and gave it to me. It was all her. She had the heart to get through.”
Winning trainer Brian Williamson, Streamline: “I was just like, 'Something open up, please.' He looked like he had horse. It did finally open up, and when he said go she went. I couldn't ask for more.
“Everybody's going to be happy. It's so great to win here. It's a great place, great atmosphere, great fans. The whole place is great.”
Streamline will be considered for the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 at Oaklawn, if she comes out of the race "good," Williamson said.
“Her last race was her first race on dirt. I was crossing my fingers that she'd like it and she did. I was so glad I could bring her down here.”
Jockey Corey Nakatani, second aboard Theogony, the 3-2 favorite – “She ran really well and ran really hard. This mare would like a little more ground and to go farther, like a mile and an eighth. This one might have been a little short for her but she ran dynamite otherwise. We didn’t get there today but there’s always next time.”