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Something Awesome is, in Harrison Johnson

by | Mar 17, 2018 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing |

HOW IT HAPPENED

The formful Something Awesome won for the fourth time in five starts in Saturday’s $100,000 Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park.

Something Awesome, trained by Jose Corrales, won the Grade 3 General George Stakes last out in the mud at Laurel. Today, on a fast main track, he stretched out to 1 1/8 miles to post a 2 1/4 length victory.

Under Hall of Famer Edgar Prado, Something Awesome stalked the early pace of Doyouknowsomething just a length or two behind, forged to the lead after three quarters of a mile, and proved clearly best. Favored Zanotti, last early in the six-horse field, rallied to be second, well clear of Discreet Lover in third, but was never a threat to the winner.

Something Awesome provided Corrales’ first graded stakes win last out, when he was ridden by the trainer’s nephew, Elvis Trujillo. With Trujillo injured, Corrales turned to Prado for the ride, but the family connection remained, as Corrales’ mother was in the winner’s circle, visiting her son from Panama.

Running time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:50.86.

Photo of Something Awesome by Laurie Asseo.

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“This is special, very special because I have my mother here. She lives in Panama. It’s nice to have that moment because you never really share that too much with your family, you know. I was very pleased with everything. I’m very sorry that my nephew could not ride because he got hurt…

“I was also very glad that Edgar came over and rode the horse because he rode him the first time I had him and won.”

— Trainer Jose Corrales

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FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Winner paid: $6.60-$2.80-$2.20
  • Winning time: 1:50.86
  • Margins: 2 1/4 lengths from Something Awesome to Zanotti, 3 1/4 lenghts from Zanotti to Discreet Lover
  • Winner’s record: 23-8-2-6, purse earnings of $401,051

CONNECTIONS

  • Owner: Stronach Stables
  • BreederAdena Springs
  • Pedigree: Awesome Again-Somethinaboutlaura, by Dance Floor
  • Jockey: Edgar Prado

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