High Ridge Road outlasts By the Moon in Thirty Eight Go Go

by | Dec 31, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing

High Ridge Road took the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel Park. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

High Ridge Road, beaten a nose in the Go For Wand (G3) at Aqueduct in her previous start, collared fellow New York shipper By the Moon in mid-stretch and surged late to upset the 3-5 favorite by a half-length in the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go.

Trained by Linda Rice for owner Martin Schwartz and reunited with jockey Horacio Karamanos, aboard for back-to-back victories at Laurel in the spring, High Ridge Road ($6) ran one mile in 1:35.58 for her fourth career win and third in as many starts in Maryland.

Little Cyclone, sent off at 50-1, was eager on the front end running a quarter-mile in 23.71 seconds and a half in 46.76, with Ansible in second and Grade 1 winner By the Moon in the clear in third racing three wide.

By the Moon eased up to the lead after six furlongs in 1:10.95 closely followed by High Ridge Road, who circled four wide to engage the favorite. The top two battled through the final quarter mile before High Ridge Road edged clear, with Ansible a distant third.

“My filly broke good out of the gate and I tried not to be so far behind [By the Moon], because that filly can run,” Karamanos said. “At the top of the stretch my filly gave me a nice kick and we went head-to-head to the last sixteenth. My filly, she tries and when she kicks she gives you a nice kick.”