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Sconsin wins the Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Lloyd Madison Farms IV homebred Sconsin got the first run on Bell’s the One at the 12th annual $ 300,000 Open Mind (listed) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., So that she came back late from the favorite 4-5 to win by half a length in a clash of two of America’s best fillies and mares sprinters.
Coached by Greg Foley and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Sconsin ran six stages in a stakes record of 1: 08.75 as a 9-5 second bet pick.
Sconsin, 3 -length winner of the $ 150,000 Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill Downs in May, was placed fourth, as expected, behind point guard Mundaye Call who dictated the terms of the rail through the first fractions of: 21.64 and: 44.77. Ain’t No Elmers and Jungle Juice (IRE) followed just behind the leader. Bell’s the One, which improved its impressive record to nine wins from 19 starts and $ 1.1 million in prize money after winning the $ 200,000 Honorable Miss Grade 2 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY, this summer, followed the compact pack of five fillies and mares.
Sconsin took the first step and had a two-length advantage over Bell’s first out of the turn. Sconsin equalized with the top three with a furlong to run and beat Bell’s on the wire.
“A lot of credit goes to Greg and his team for getting this filly ready to go tonight,” said Gaffalione. “She was very strong and we got into a good position early on. There was rhythm in the lead early on. She dug very late to hold out (Bell’s the One). It was a very big effort tonight. “
Sconsin, who collected the top prize of $ 185,000, improved his record to five wins, four seconds and a third in 15 starts. His career earnings total $ 783,362.
The career earnings of Include’s 4-year-old daughter, raised in Kentucky, now total $ 783,362.
“At the start of the race we saw that there was a little bit of speed on paper,” said Foley. “She got the beat tonight unlike the ballerina in Saratoga. The filly of Neil (Pessin) (Bell’s the One) beat us in the spring and we had the best hand tonight. She deserves it. Tyler gave him a great ride. He knew Bell’s The One was coming and Sconsin had just had her measured tonight. It was our turn.
Sconsin paid $ 5.60, $ 2.40 and $ 2.10. Bell’s the One, ridden by Corey Lanerie, grossed $ 2.40 and $ 2.10. Mundaye Call was third at four lengths under Florent Geroux and paid $ 2.40 to show. It was another half length back to Jungle Juice (IRE) and 6 lengths back to Ain’t No Elmers.
“It was a great race tonight with two strong horses,” said Neil Pessin, Bell’s the One trainer. “Bell had a great race and we are proud of his efforts.
Saturday’s race greeted Open Mind, the Hall of Fame filly of Eugene Klein, the winner coached by D. Wayne Lukas of the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs, who returned to the track in Louisville on the following spring to win the Kentucky Oaks. The New Jersey-bred filly was the Eclipse Prize champion at the age of two and three. Winner of 12 races and $ 1,844,372 in 19 starts, the Deputy Minister’s daughter was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2011.
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