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Arlington Park: Hogy scores in Hanshin Cup
By Marcus Hersh
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - One could curl a couple fingers closed and still count on one hand the number of Illinois Thoroughbred owners who might step up to the plate with an $80,000 claim these days. William Stiritz, the Fairmount Park owner who runs a substantial racing string, is one of them, and when Hogy was dangled for $80,000 in an optional claimer last Nov. 1 at Hawthorne, Stiritz took him.
The investment paid off nicely Saturday at Arlington, where Hogy scored a sharp 1 1/2-length victory over Mister Marti Gras in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes.
Hogy ($18.40) and jockey Chris Emigh sat in a good spot in third as Hammers Terror and Nates Mineshaft battled through taxing fractions, going a half-mile in a flashy 45.73 seconds. The question was whether Hogy had gotten too much of the pace, and Hogy provided a definitive answer, leaving the front-runners behind after turning for home, then comfortably holding clear a sustained move from Mister Marti Gras. Hogy’s winning time was 1:34.25, one of the fastest Arlington miles since Polytrack was installed in 2007.
“He was so relaxed,” said Emigh said. “At the five-sixteenths pole he just took off with me. He knew where the stretch was and what to do.”
Stiritz, the former chairman of Ralston-Purina, gets many of his racehorses by breeding them, and he regularly buys yearlings at auction, too. Claims are rarer, and in Hogy, a gelded son of Offlee Wild, Stiritz made a significant bet. It was one that made decent sense, since Hogy, a precocious 2-year-old in 2010, can handle all-weather surfaces as well as turf, giving him various Arlington options this summer for trainer Scott Becker. Hogy had never before won at a mile, but Emigh said his mount stayed the distance Saturday without tiring, and with maturity, Hogy might be carrying his speed farther.
Mister Marti Gras, a two-turn horse for most of his career, finished with good energy in a rare one-turn appearance, but came up short. Hammers Terror held well for third, a half-length in front of Seruni, who somewhat surprisingly was bet down to 5-2 favoritism. Nates Mineshaft, making his first start since a close third-place finish in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap in June 2012, tired badly after battling on the lead and wound up last of nine.
You gotta get Nate's Mineshaft back on the dirt. That was a dynamite race he ran in the Stephen Foster and only got ran down late by two of the best horses in training.
Congratulations To jock Chris Emigh and his hard working Agent Allan Plever, Nice to see the good guys win a Big One. Remember Plever was the man who took a chance and put Francisco 'Ungrateful " Torres on the map in Illinois last year winning two riding titles. It's a shame what money and recreational "things" do to a career. Too bad it has to affect and infect others lives and thier livelyhoods.
This horse loves the polytrack wow 8-1 today
What are Joel Berndt and Alice Mettier thinking right now? This is a story that is NEVER covered in racing--what do the prior owners think and why did they dangle such a good horse? Marcus, you seem just the type of reporter to find out. I have wondered about this since the day Stiritz claimed this one and now I really want to know. Thanks.
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