Madaket Stables, Tom Coleman, Team Hanley and Elayne Stables' Rymska captured the G2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday by two lengths, paying $5.20 as the favorite. The 5-year-old Le Havre mare, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Chad Brown, covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:49.18 to defeat Rymska at the wire.
“My horse broke really well and I let her be forwardly placed early,” said Ortiz. “I thought (No. 1, Phantom Opening) was one of the horses I had to beat, so I just tried to follow her because I knew she was going to take us a long way and when we got to the stretch, I thought I would pick them up. Everything worked out perfect. I had plenty of horse when I asked her. Chad (Brown) did a great job with her and she was ready. I rode her with confidence and just waited until it was time, and when I asked her, she responded.”
Winning trainer Chad Brown: “Irad rode a beautiful race. She got a beautiful trip and she responded well. She's been laying a little closer her last couple of starts, which I like to see, and she finished great.”
Arnaud Delacour, trainer of runner-up Hawksmoor, said: “She ran her race and it's a great way to finish her career. She (Rymska) had beaten us once last year, so (the result) is kind of logical. She gave it her best shot and ran relaxed and finished very well.”
Hawksmoor will be retired and bred to Kitten's Joy.
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