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Jonesin For Jerry Much The Best In Maryland Million Lassie
LAUREL, MD. 10-19-13---Despite steadying behind Weekends for Love down the backstretch, Brad Gould, Jr. & Hidden Hill Farm’s Jonesin for Jerry came home the easiest kind of winner in the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie for 2-year old fillies.
Under Abel Castellano for trainer Jerry Robb, the daughter of Great Notion completed the six furlong distance in 1:11.04 and won off by 5-1/2lengths. She paid $3 to win.
Steady N Love nipped Pocket Gift in the last jump to take second.
“She really made my job easy,” Castellano said. “When I got out to the stretch I didn’t have to ask her. I let her do what she needed to do and she did it.”
Jonesin for Jerry was the most experienced filly in the field, having competed in three stakes races in her first six starts, including a near-miss second in the Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park.
“She was pretty wound up in the paddock and I was pretty worried,” Robb said. “I was really worried when she was coming down the backstretch because she doesn’t like to be rated. She threw her head up but the jockey did a great job settling her.”
Robb, who moved into a tie for fourth place on the all-time Maryland Million win list with his seventh victory, also took the Lassie with Ameri Allen (1990) and Carnirainbow (1992).
Robb runners are now 8-for-13 at the current Laurel Park fall meet. He indicated Jonesin for Jerry would be pointed towards the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship here on Dec. 28.
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.