12/07/2014 9:47AM

In a Jif goes wire to wire to win first stakes in Holiday Inaugural

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In a Jif went wire to wire Saturday to win her first career stakes in the Holiday Inaugural at Turfway Park.

In a Jif led every step of the six-furlong journey Saturday night while narrowly holding on for her first career stakes victory in the $54,300 Holiday Inaugural, the first stakes during four months of winter racing at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

The gate-to-wire triumph also was the first in a stakes for 28-year-old Rolando “Ronnie” Aragon, a longtime exercise rider on the Chicago circuit who shifted his tack to Turfway when the holiday meet began this week.

“It was a pretty emotional win for him and for us,” said trainer Jeff Greenhill, who bred and owns In a Jif in tandem with his wife, Sherri.

In a Jif drew off in the turn but was put to a sustained drive down the stretch by Aragon in holding off two other 4-year-old fillies. Hitechnoweenie, finishing fast near the rail, was just a nose behind the winner and a head in front of Shrinking Violet, racing farthest outside in the three-horse photo.

Pegged at 30-1 on the Turfway morning line, In a Jif returned $28.80 to win after finishing in 1:09.48 over Polytrack. An Indiana-bred by Saintly Look, she won for the seventh time in 15 starts while bumping her career earnings to $200,885.

“I suspected the filly would be the speed of the speed,” said Greenhill, a former chemical engineer from Alabama. “We took a shot, and it worked.”

Aragon, a native of Mexico, galloped horses in Chicago for 11 years before deciding this summer to become a jockey. He notched his first career win in June at Arlington Park.

The $2 exacta (4-3) paid $383.60, the $1 trifecta (4-3-11) returned $1,396.10, and the 10-cent superfecta (4-3-11-10) was worth $1,130.77.

EngelhardtJohn More than 1 year ago
Talk about trainers that fly under the radar - Jeff Greenhill has one of the best win % in the U.S., Bill Mott and Wes Ward had horses in this race and Jeff's horse had a morning line of 30-1. Greenhill is great for the sport. He is a great communicator and brings a lot of new owners into the game. He constantly give all the credit to his staff of experienced horsemen and if you look at his success he wins at every level while racing in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Like John Lennon wrote - "A Working Man's Hero Is Something To Be."
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