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Lake Sebago Swoops And Scores In Gin Talking Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 12-6-14---Tim E. O’Donohue Racing Stable LLC’s Lake Sebago splashed through the sloppy going on her way to a popular victory in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes for 2-year old fillies, the first of four stakes on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park.
Sent to post as the 4-5 favorite under leading jockey Trevor McCarthy, the daughter of Munnings tracked the speed down the back side, split rivals through the turn and swept five wide into the stretch. The winner, who is trained by John Robb, reached the finish line two lengths ahead of Darling Sky, while Pistolina finished a late closing third. Lake Sebago completed the seven furlong distance in 1:25.98.
“The blinkers have helped her a little bit,” said Robb. “She’s never run a bad race. She had run twice in the mud, so that was not a concern. She ran as expected. We expected her to come from off of it.”
“I entered this race with a lot of confidence in this filly,” said McCarthy. “She kind of fools you the first part of her races. She doesn’t really act like you’ve got a lot of horse but when you get to the turn she gets into the bridle and it’s a whole new ball game. She was looking at those other horses turning for home because we’re usually on the inside and being out in the middle was a little new for her. Typically, on sloppy tracks, that’s the best place to be so I put her where we wouldn’t get in any trouble and in the end I had the best horse today.”
Lake Sebago entered the Gin Talking off a 27-1 upset victory in the Smart Halo Stakes in her previous start. Today she paid $3.60.
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.