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Made Up Romps In Saturday Feature
BALTIMORE, 05-03-14---Eric D. Fral’s Made Up rallied from the back of the pack to win the $47,000 optional/allowance feature as the even-money favorite this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
Guided by leading rider Trevor McCarthy and trained by Michael Moore at Parx Racing, Made Up covered the 1-1/16th mile distance in 1:46.96 and won off by8-1/4 lengths. Wonderful Secret nipped stakes winner Firenze Feeling at the wire for second. The daughter off Bluegrass Cat paid $4.20.
“We had a really good trip,” McCarthy said. “I followed Rudy’s horse (Firenze Feeling from Rudy Rodriguez barn) because I knew she would run well. I had a lot of horses in the middle of the turn and I had not even asked her yet. When I swung her out wide turning for home, she just took off.”
The 19-year-old, who became a journeyman rider two weeks ago, has 11 multiple win-days in the first 18 days of the spring meet. He leads the jockey standings with 29 victories, 13 more than Victor Carrasco.
“We are having a fantastic meet,” added McCarthy. “I am very fortunate that trainers are sticking with me after I lost my apprenticeship. My agent (Scott Silver) is doing a great job. We are riding for a lot of top outfits and I feel very fortunate.”
A festive crowd of 5,547 enjoyed a picture-perfect afternoon at Old Hilltop, two weeks before the eyes of the horse racing world shift to Baltimore for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown on May 17.
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.