HOW IT HAPPENED
A 27-1 longshot with a bad record — 2-for-31 — and a closing style, Chief Tarhe turned all of those established facts on their head in winning today’s ninth race, a $5,000 claiming event at Laurel Park.
The win provided jockey Felix Pinero, a 10-pound apprentice, with the first win of his career.
Breaking from the four-hole, Chief Tarhe bounced out of the starting gate on top and never looked back, holding a lead — albeit a narrow one — at every point of call.
The margin was a half-length after a half-mile in 49.87 seconds, a head after three-quarters in 1:13.88, and a neck on the wire, when the clock stopped in 1:45.16 for the 1 1/16 miles. In second at all of those points was the favorite, Brahms Romp, who now has finished second in four consecutive races. That duo was three lengths in front of the show horse, Throw the Deuce.
FELIX PINERO FILE
- Age 25
- Hometown Lebanon, PA
- First mount Kaz Country, 11/22/18
- First win Chief Tarhe, 12/2/18
- Background Father Felix E. Pinero is a jockey who has ridden nearly 3,700 races in the United States… Has been galloping horse for two years…
- Payouts Chief Tarhe paid $57.40 to win, $17.20 to place, and $8.80 to show. The exacta, with the favorite in second, returned $68.70 on a one-dollar bet.
- Chart comment CHIEF TARHE assumed the early lead, set a pressured pace in the two path, dueled outside BRAHMS ROMP through the stretch and narrowly prevailed in an extended drive.
CHIEF TARHE CONNECTIONS
- Jockey Felix A. Pinero
- Trainer Jose Corrales
- Owner Mohan Stable, Inc.
- Bred in Maryland by Hickory Ridge Farm
- Breeding Old Fashioned-Princess Hillary, by Maria’s Mon