Longshot wins Spring Fever | Sports & Recreation
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013) – Seeking Ms Shelley closed out her solid career with a determined victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Spring Fever Stakes. The 7-year-old Cactus Ridge mare, owned and bred by country music star Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms, has won 10 of her 19 career starts and has earned $258,352.
Leading rider Robby Albarado put the winner into contention early from post 12 and had moved into second place behind pacesetter Lulu Wong after a quarter mile in 22. The pair dueled the length of the stretch before Seeking Ms Shelley shook free for a half-length victory in 1:04 3/5 for 5 ½ furlongs over a fast track. Lady Diva Ga Ga, the favorite, had to steady slightly on the turn and although she rallied late, had to settle for third. Her jockey, Jon Court, lodged an objection against the winner, but the stewards did not change the order of finish.
“It actually worked out perfect,” said Albarado, who also won Saturday’s Bayakoa Stakes with Don’t Tell Sophia. “(Trainer) Joe (Duhon) was worried about the 12 hole, but I didn’t think it would be an issue. From there we were able to dictate things. I had ridden her and won a 5 ½ furlong race, so I knew what I had. I was pretty confident that we wouldn’t come down. I don’t think anything that happened affected the outcome of the race. This is a real nice filly.”
Seeking Ms Shelley returned $38.20, $13.40 and $6.20 at odds of 18-1. The Spring Fever closed out the Classix Pick-6 wager and the upset helped create a $303,752 carryover for Monday’s special Presidents Day card. First post is 1 p.m. and the 10-race card is highlighted by the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3).
Winning Jockey Robby Albarado, Seeking Ms Shelly – “It actually worked out perfect. Joe (Duhon) was worried about the 12 hole, but I didn’t think it would be an issue. From there we were able to dictate things. I had ridden her and won a 5 ½ furlong race, so I knew what I had. I was pretty confident that we wouldn’t come down. I don’t think anything that happened affected the outcome of the race. This is a real nice filly.”
Winning Trainer Joe Duhon, Seeking Ms Shelly – “It’s good to see her go out this way. She’s done everything right.”
Jockey Terry Thompson, second aboard Lulu Wong – “She gave me all she had. She’s a game one.”
Jockey Jon Court, third aboard Lady Diva Ga Ga, the beaten favorite – “We were laying in good position until we got bumped around the turn. It cost my filly her momentum. Then she started to rally and only lost by three-quarters of a length. She was really running.”