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‘Much’ Obliged With American 1000 Guineas Win

Churchill Downs Communications | 05/24/2008 #

Pin Oak Stable LLC’s Much Obliged rallied in the center of the course to get up in the waning stages of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas on Saturday at Arlington Park.  Chris Emigh rode the Malcolm Pierce-trained daughter of Kingmambo to a half-length victory in the one mile turf race which was clocked in 1:37.96 over a course rated “firm.”

“Mr. Pierce told me she’s really easy to ride and to let her run her race. Come around when you are ready to go and she’ll accelerate for you,” said Emigh, who was aboard the 3-year-old filly for the first time in the American 1000 Guineas.  “I felt pretty confident.  When she turned for home, it was like she just broke the gate.  She accelerated and I was just following Rene (jockey Douglas on Scolara).  I was pretty positive and she just ran right by them pretty easily, actually.”

The American 1000 Guineas is the first stakes win for Much Obliged, whose previous victories came in maiden and allowance company at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans over the winter.  Even then, Pierce felt he had a quality filly in his care.

“This filly showed us she was a nice filly down this winter in New Orleans,” Pierce said. “I’m just glad now she’s a stakes winner.”

Much Obliged earned $114,000 for the win to more than double her bankroll to $178,234 while improving her record to three wins from seven starts.  Sent off as the slight 5-2 favorite, she paid $7.20, $3.80 and $2.80.

Scolara, second choice in the wagering, rallied from far back as well, took a brief lead in mid-stretch and was caught late by the winner.  She returned $3.60 and $2.60.

“Turning for home I was so happy,” said Rene Douglas, who was astride the runner-up.  “I had a lot of horse left and I was in great position, but then the other horse came along side me so today I just got beat by the other horse.”

It was another 1 ¼ lengths back to Seemingly, who closed from last to finish third in the 10-horse field and paid $3.80.

Elle Tish Slew, Nijinsky Ballet, Dreaming of Liz, Three Graces, Valentine Fever, Jolie Visage and Cubs Fan completed the order of finish.