11/14/2015 7:52PM

Absolutely Cool's nose hits wire first in Luke Kruytbosch

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Absolutely Cool and Jake Barton (left) run down 39-1 longshot Jamaican Memories in the Luke Kruytbosch Stakes.

PHOENIX – Absolutely Cool had always shown flashes of brilliance, including winning Turf Paradise’s marquee event, the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup,  last winter, but the 8-year-old has apparently learned a new trick – consistency – at this age as he rattled off a third straight big effort, rallying to win Saturday’s $35,000 Luke Kruytbosch Stakes.

Absolutely Cool ($7.80), owned by Karl Krieg and trained by Valorie Lund, was devoid of speed, as usual, in the six-furlong event, swung very wide turning for home,  and came with a strong sustained rally under Jake Barton to just get up in the final strides to win by a nose. Jamaican Memories sat back, came with a strong run to grab a clear lead at 39-1 by midstretch but just couldn’t quite fend off the winner while finishing well clear of Redsolocup, third in the field of 10.

Absolutely Cool ran the distance in a brisk 1:08.69. The winner’s share of $20,615 gives him earnings of $345,342 from 10 wins in 41 starts. He figures to target a defense of his Phoenix Gold Cup crown, to be run Feb. 13, with a likely prep in the Hank Mills Sr. Stakes (formerly the Swift) at 5 1/2 furlongs here Jan. 23.

Winning Vision takes City of Phoenix

On paper, Winning Vision figured to dominate the $35,000 City of Phoenix Stakes and that’s the way it worked out on the track. Owned by C J Racing LLC and trained by Molly Pearson, Winning Vision ($2.60) pressed the early pace of Camille in the six-furlong event for fillies and mares, took command going to the far turn, opened up into the lane under Scott Stevens, and cruised home to win by 2 1/2 lengths without really being asked. Always a Chance, just behind the winner from the start, gamely chased her to finish second while Missdang Sally ran third in the field of eight.

Winning Vision ran the distance in 1:09.72. The winner’s share of $21,266 gives her earnings of $152,774 from six wins in 12 starts. She won the Princess of Palms here Oct. 24. There are no more dirt sprint stakes for open older fillies and mares here the remainder of the meet, so she may go back to Southern California for her next outing.