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Stakes Recap: Magic City Classic & Kudzu Juvenile
BUSTED ACCOUNT EARNS BIG PAYDAY WITH 'MAGIC' WIN; STRIKE FOR GOLD CAPTURES KUDZU JUVENILE
Michael Annechino’s Busted Account, winless since February, made up for lost time with a 4 ¾-length win in Saturday’s $50,000 Magic City Classic, a one mile and 70-yard event restricted to older Alabama-breds at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Allowed to settle early, Busted Account challenged outside the leaders entering the lane and drew off steadily in the drive under Rosie Napravnik, accomplishing the distance in 1:46.13.
The winner returned mutuels of $5.80, $3.40 and $2.60 and increased his career earnings to $83,202 with his fifth career win in 34 lifetime starts.
“I noticed this horse was an Alabama-bred when he was running last summer at Evangeline,” said winning trainer Jonas Gibson, “so we claimed him with this race in mind. This race was our goal right along.”
Bobby Pruitt’s B. G.’s Admiral rallied to gain the place, paying $3.40 and $2.40 while finishing two lengths in front of John Beck’s Anchored Back, who returned $3.60 in the third spot. Walnut Hill’s Crimson Pride made the pace with splits of 23.36 and 47.34 before tiring.
STRIKE FOR GOLD CAPTURES KUDZU JUVENILE—Stars fell on Alabama in Saturday’s $25,000 Kudzu Juvenile when Gus King’s 1-2 choice Strike for Gold defeated Scott Gelner’s Hitchismyname by a half-length while wearing King’s silks featuring white stars on blue sleeves in the race restricted to Alabama-breds.
Taking command at the break, Strike for Gold cut out early fractions of 23.31 and 47.16 before coming home in 1:05.78 under Chester Bonnet for conditioner Scott Gelner. The winner returned $3, $2.10 and $2.10 and increased his career earnings to $25,450 with his second win in three career starts.
“My horse ran real good and handled the track real well,” said winning rider Bonnet. “The only thing I had to worry about was my stable mate catching me.”
Gelner-owned and trained Hitchismynamewas the runner-up, paying $2.10 and $2.10 while finishing 22 lengths in front of Dawn Ladner’s Joyce’s Buckaroo, who returned $2.40.