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Motherload Hipster Captures Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap
LAUREL, MD. 10-06-12---Ronald H. Parker’s Motherload Hipster tracked the speed into the homestretch before being set down to win the $50,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap at Laurel Park.
Jockey Matthew Rispoli was winning his second straight race on Million Day as the Todd Beattie trainee finished the one mile distance in 1:39.46, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Franstein, with Lady Outflanker finishing a distant third.
“She really ran good today. She is a nice horse, but she has her problems. She has a lot of problems at the gate but once you get her going she’s easy to ride. She always tells me when she’s ready to kick in, so I just do my best to keep her in the right place and today she kicked in.”
Motherload Hipster has finished first or second in seven of her last eight starts.
“She likes a route of ground. I think she wants to run all day,” said Beattie. “She’s kind of getting it figured out. She’s four but she has a three-year-olds mind. She used to have an extreme issue in the gate. She’s been scratched from there. We started using a blanket to keep her quiet in there. It’s a daily routine, working on that. We’ll take her back to Penn National and take a look at the book.”
Motherload Hipster, a Dance With Ravens filly, was the betting favorite and paid $4.40.
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.