Sprinting straight to the front from his inside post, Tightend Touchdown ambushed an all-star cast of turf sprinters to score a devastating 5 ½-length victory in the 41st running of the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.
Ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Jason Servis, the 4-year-old gelded son of Pure Precision whistled five furlongs in 54.62 seconds, just one one-hundredth of a second off the track records set by Bop in 2002.
Multiple stakes winners Bridgetown and Ben's Cat finished second and third, respectively. Fourth-place finisher, Kyma, was disqualified and placed last for bearing out and interfering with Snow Leopard on the turn. The incident caused Ben's Cat, the 2-1 favorite, to lose ground before rallying for third.
“The horse is fast, really fast,” said Henry Argueta, assistant to Servis. “He's got a lot of talent. He came out of the last race really good and we said let's go to this race, five-eighths, so we thought he was going to run huge and he did.”
Tightend Touchdown, owned by Mr. Amore Stable, scored for the ninth time in his 18-race career. He paid $8.80 for a $2 win bet as the 3-1 second choice in a field of 10. The $81,000 winner's share pushed his lifetime earnings to $301,545.
$150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Quotes
Javier Castellano, winning jockey of #1 Tightend Touchdown: “He's a fast horse. It worked out great. It was a big field, and I had an inside post. Five furlongs, a fast horse, inside – the best way to go is let him break and put him on the lead. Servis, he did a great job with the horse. He was pretty sharp for the race. The last time he ran in Belmont, he was pretty impressive. They ran in that race (a win on May 16 at Belmont Park) for this race. I was just the pilot today. I feel very lucky to ride the horse. Basically, it worked out great for me. I knew I was pretty far in front. I felt the win. It was as fast as he can go, but he was really comfortable, not rank at all. When I asked him turning for home, he took off again. He had another gear. I said wow.”
Henry Argueta, assistant to winning trainer, Jason Servis, of #1 Tightend Touchdown: “He really liked the horse. The horse is fast, really fast. He's got a lot of talent. He came out of the last race really good and said let's go to this race, five-eighths, so we thought he was going to run huge and he did.”
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