Stakes Winner Goodonehoney Makes Maryland Return Friday

Stakes Winner Goodonehoney Makes Maryland Return Friday

$750,000 Spring Stakes Spectacular Nominations Close Thursday
Live Racing Returns Thursday with Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers

LAUREL, MD – Eleven months since finishing a troubled fifth in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Kasey K Racing Stable, Michael Day and Final Turn Racing Stable’s stakes-winning filly Goodonehoney is set to make her Maryland return in Friday’s featured seventh race at Laurel Park.

Bred in Maryland by Kasey K’s Bob and Susan Krangel, Goodonehoney won each of her first two career starts last spring at Laurel for trainer Jason Egan, including a seven-length triumph in the Weber City Miss Stakes which earned her an automatic trip to the Black-Eyed Susan at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

In that race, contested over a sloppy, sealed main track, she was bumped and pinched back at the start, raced outside down the backstretch and needed a six-wide move on the far turn to make her bid as the fourth choice in a field of nine, just a nose behind favorite Sara Street in fourth.

Some minor issues kept Goodonehoney away from the races for the rest of the year, making her comeback in an open 6 ½-furlong allowance March 26 at Parx with new trainer Michael Moore. She finished a distant but decisive second behind Ms Locust Point, a three-time stakes winner at Laurel including the 2018 Barbara Fritchie (G2).

“She just had a couple different issues … just some things she needed time off for. Then when she was at the farm, another thing popped up which caused her to need more time, so that’s why it ended up being so long,” Moore said. “We couldn’t find a spot so we ended up in that money allowance, which was a tough spot to start after all the time she had off. We were really looking for a two-other-than, which we got Friday at Laurel.

“We got her going the other day in that race and she ran well. She was up against some real good horses. The one filly of John Servis has made over $500,000 and won a bunch of stakes, so it was not an easy spot to come back.”

Goodonehoney chased Ms Locust Point in second from start to finish and wound up beaten 7 ¾ lengths, and was three-quarters of a length ahead of Zipper’s Hero, who was disqualified from third to fourth for interference in the opening furlong.

Jorge Vargas Jr., who rode Ms Locust Point, has the call on Goodonehoney from Post 1 in a field of eight in the $35,000 optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up set to go one mile on the main track. Also in the field are stakes-placed Moon Virginia and Mzima Springs.

“She’s doing good and she’s obviously is a nice filly, so we’re hoping for good things on Friday,” Moore said. “She’s been working real good and we expected good things from her in her comeback the way she’d been working. She ran a good race. She didn’t win but she ran what we thought was a good race for her first time back. If she moves forward Friday, she’ll be tough.”

Goodonehoney joined Moore’s string over the winter and had five sharp workouts at Parx since mid-February for her comeback race. Moore has several horses for Kasey K, including Goodonehoney’s 3-year-old half-sister, maiden Reigning Fire.

“I have most of the horses for Kasey K and they’ve been doing real good. It’s nothing that Jason had done wrong; the filly had done really well for him, but they live closer to here and they love coming to the track to see their horses,” Moore said. “They probably have eight or nine here now, so they just wanted them to be a little closer where they could see them.

“Hopefully it’s a good thing on Friday. I know we expect good things from her,” he added. “There’s certainly high expectations, absolutely. We hope to win on Friday and look good doing it so we can go forward from there. They all have to go over there and run, so we’ll see how it goes. Bob said she’s done well there before and she was 3-1 the day of the Black-Eyed Susan. We’re looking forward to it.”

Spring Stakes Spectacular Nominations Close Thursday

Nominations close Thursday, April 11 for all seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses on Laurel Park’s Spring Stakes Spectacular program Saturday, April 20 led by the $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio and the $125,000 Weber City Miss.

The 1 1/8-mile Tesio is a ‘Win and In’ race for Triple Crown-nominated 3-year-olds to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 18, and the Weber City Miss at about 1 1/16 miles is a ‘Win and In’ event for the 95th Black-Eyed Susan (G2) May 17, both at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

Nominations are free for the Tesio and Weber City Miss, as well as the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 Primonetta for females 3 and older, both at six furlongs, and the inaugural $100,000 King T. Leatherbury Stakes presented by B & B Commercial Interiors for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 5 ½ furlongs on the grass.

There is a $100 nomination fee for each of the one-mile, $100,000 turf stakes – the Henry S. Clark presented by Fidelity First and James Blackwell Real Estate for 3-year-olds and up and the Dahlia for fillies and mares 3 and older. The Whiteley, Primonetta, Dahlia and Leatherbury kick off the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) Series of 20 races at five tracks offering $2 million in purses and $415,000 in bonus money.

Live Racing Returns Thursday with Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers

There will be carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers when live racing returns to Laurel with an eight-race card Thursday, April 11.

Post time is 1:10 p.m.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot stands at $8,963.76 after going unsolved Sunday, April 7. Thursday’s sequence covers Races 3-8 and features a $35,000 allowance for Maryland-bred/sired fillies and mares 3 and older going 5 ½ furlongs led by Gary Barber and Team Valor International’s 3-5 program favorite Citi Party, undefeated in two starts for trainer Mary Eppler.

A carryover of $1,028.29 will be available in the Super Hi-5 for Thursday’s opener, a one-mile claiming event for maidens 3 and up.