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Hamp Up In The Final Jumps In A Thrilling Henry S. Clark Stakes
BALTIMORE, 04-19-14---Sagamore Farm’s Hamp rallied from the back of the pack to capture the $100,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes over the grass at Pimlico Race Course, the third of four stakes races this afternoon.
Javier Santiago was aboard the Ignacio Correas trainee, who reached in the final jumps to beat Roadhog, while Nutello finished a close-up third. The son of Sky Mesa covered the one mile distance in 1:39.66 and paid $18.80.
“We had a good race,” Santiago said. “The trainer told me to stay behind and wait for my time. I did not have any trouble but I did have to go a little wide because I saw the four (fourth place finisher Under Control) in front of me getting blocked on the inside. When I asked I got what I needed.”
The victory was the first stakes win for Hamp, a 4-year-old gelding, and upped his career earnings to $150,237.
“Javier worked the horse for me last week and got along very well,” Correas said. “The horse has been doing fantastic. I told him to make sure he was behind horses and keep him covered up as long as you can. When I saw that pace I got really excited. I knew he was going to be running at the end. He had to work real hard for the win today but that’s what you expect against a field of very good horses.”
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course 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.