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Major Rhythm Wins Rossi Gold Stakes

Churchill Downs Communications | 06/14/2008 #
  • James Messineo's Major Rhythm captures the $50,000 Rossi Gold Stakes on June 7, 2008, at Arlington Park. Trey Agilar is up.

James Messineo's Major Rhythm caught longshot front runner Rumor Has It at the eighth pole and held off that one to win by a half-length in the $54,200 Rossi Gold Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. Trey Agilar rode the Doug Matthews-trained son of Rhythm who covered the mile and three-sixteenths over "good" turf in 1:59.06.

"Doug told me (the horse) would break really sharply with me and lay off the pace a little bit," said Agilar. "When I asked him, he gave helluva kick. Everything worked out perfectly for me."

Rumor Has It, sent off at odds of 55-1, got off to a substantial early lead while posting fractions of 26.34 seconds, 51.89 seconds, 1:16.22 and 1:41.53 over a course than had been moistened by a strong rainstorm while the horses were on the track. In fact, the horses were taken back into the tunnel while the storm passed and the race was run 25 minutes after its originally slated post time.

For Major Rhythm, a nine-year veteran of the turf wars, the Rossi Gold Stakes was his 6th victory over the Arlington Park turf course and his 13th win in 58 overall. He picked up $32,520 to elevate his earnings to $746,751.

Rumor Has It held on for the place spot while Telling finished third in the nine-horse field followed by 17-10 favorite Silverfoot, Watchingirlsgoby, Tiger Woodman, Greycliff Exchange, Silver Whistle and Promisei’llbehome.

Major Rhythm returned $21, $11 and $7. Rumor Has It returned $42.80 and $12.80. Telling paid $3.80.