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Stakes Recap: Pago Hop Stakes



Gaining the advantage just after the break, Lothenbach Stables’   Eden Prairie made the pace with hobby horse early fractions of 26.13 and 52.13 and drew off late for a five and a half-length tally in Friday’s $75,000 Pago Hop at Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots.

The about one-mile test over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated soft proved no problem for the sophomore filly ridden confidently by Rosie Napravnik, who was scoring her fourth victory of the day astride the even-money favorite, who returned $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20 while posting a final time of 1:40.56.

“She probably had the best speed in the race,” said Napravnik. “With those early fractions I should hope (she could get the distance.)”

Asked if he was worried about the outcome before the race, winning trainer Neil Pessin said, “The only thing I was worried about was the turf being soft, but she proved she can pretty much handle anything.”

Eden Prairie increased her career earnings to $192,389 with her fourth career victory in 11 lifetime starts

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Always Kitten finished second, paying $3.80 and $2.60 while a neck in front of Holt Racing et al.’s Promise Me More, who returned $2.40 to show.

Channel Eleven, Red Hot Tweet and She’s On Parade completed the field under the wire.

Racing returns to Fair Grounds Saturday with the $75,000 Woodchopper as the feature race of the afternoon.  Post time is 1 p.m.