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Barn Notes: Saturday, August 25, 2018
SEASONED VETERAN CAMMACK KEEPS ON TRUCKING
Team Block’s old warrior Cammack is still highly competitive at age eight and backed his ambitious nature when scoring his twelfth career victory in Friday afternoon’s third race over the turf at Arlington International Racecourse. In doing so, he made amends by defeating Zulu Alpha who narrowly beat the son of Giant’s Causeway the last time the pair met at Arlington on August 2.
“This old horse is awesome,” trainer Chris Block said. “You can always count on him. I knew coming into it that he was going to run his race.”
Under the guidance of jockey Jose Lopez, Cammack broke sharply coming out of the starting gate and tracked along the rail while stakes winner Christian C set a slow pace up front. At the top of the stretch Cammack found room to the inside of the pacesetter where he edged out an oncoming Zulu Alpha in the final furlong to win by a neck.
The fact that Cammack won was not a surprise to Block, but it was the way in which he did it that was unexpected.
“When he ran at Kentucky Downs last fall, he had the same kind of trip along the inside and he didn’t finish it off,” Block recalled. “He looked like a winner. (Jockey) Julien (Leparoux) got off of him that day and said that he didn’t like to be down on the inside. I told Jose to try and get out if he can but there was no way he was going to get out, so I was worried that he wasn’t going to get the job done. Cammack gritted it out; it’s all the horse. It was a great ride from Jose.”
Block indicated that a start at Keeneland Racecourse during their fall meet could be next for Cammack.
Friday’s victory pushed Cammack’s career earnings up to $407,463. It was his first win since taking the Les Ahrens Stakes over the Chicagoland turf last August. In addition, he owns stakes victories in the Old Man Eloquent at Gulfstream Park in February of last year as well as the Black Tie Affair Handicap two years ago.