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Germaniac Goes Gate-To-Wire In Frank Whiteley Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 01-04-14--- Germania Farms, Inc.’s Germaniac broke on top and stayed there the rest of the way in the seven furlong, $100,000 Frank Whiteley Stakes, the first of four stakes races on the Saturday card at Laurel Park.
Germaniac popped to the lead under J.D. Acosta from his outside post in the field of five 3-year olds. No other horse took a run at him and he came home in 1:25.08, 6-1/2 lengths the better of 2-5 betting favorite Jessethemarine, with Starry Moon rallying to take third.
“I knew I had to take him to the front,” said Acosta. “He has been working well and I knew he was ready today. I could tell at the 3/16th’s, when I was that far ahead, no one was going to catch me.”
This was the third win in five starts for the Tim Tullock trainee.
“If we weren’t in front I would have been in shock,” Tullock said. “The strategy was obvious. Acosta fits him really well. That was one of those things I fell into and it worked out well.”
Germaniac paid $14.80.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.