Racing & Wagering

Velazquez, McGaughey Team Score Again in Hanshin

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/24/2009 #

The jockey-trainer-owner trio of John Velazquez and "Shug" McGaughey posted their second Arlington Park stakes victory of the afternoon when they combined for a 2 ¼-length tally with Vacation in the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup approximately one hour after scoring with Consequence in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas Stakes.  Vacation, a son of Dynaformer, covered the mile over Polytrack in 1:36.56.

“He broke really well, so I wanted to get position and keep him closer than normal," Velazquez said.  "Then when I was ready to go I asked him and he responded."

The Hanshin was the first stakes score for Vacation and his third victory in 19 starts overall.  He picked up $58,200 to elevated his earnings to $227,663 for his owner-breeder.

Grade I stakes winner Dominican was second in the eight-horse field, 1 ¾ lengths clear of Cherokee Artist.

"I ran into traffic turning for home," said Miguel Mena, who rode the runner-up for the third straight race on the Arlington stakes-laden card.  "It made me check pretty good. I was on the best horse; I should have won the race.  I didn't have the best trip."

Amazing Results, Stonehouse, Voy Por Uno Moss, 2007 Hanshin winner Spotsgone and defending champion Coragil Cat completed the order of finish.

“I don’t know what happened," said Diego Sanchez of the trip aboard the '08 Hanshin victor. "He just didn’t fire today.”

Vacation paid $9.20, $6.20 and $4.  Dominican returned $5.80 and $3.60.  Cherokee Artist paid $3.20.