A G Indy © Benoit Photo
Benefitting from a well-judged ride by jockey Umberto Rispoli, R3 Racing’s A G Indy scored a neck victory over Time Limit in the $200,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes Friday at Del Mar. The five-furlong sprint over the infield Jimmy Durante turf course was a supporting race on the first day of the two-day Breeders’ Championships.
A G Indy reached the wire a half-length in front of Time Limit, with Hear My Prayer third in the field of ten fillies and mares. Time for the distance was :56.71.
A G Indy returned $15.40, $7.20 and $4.20 after her fourth victory in 13 outings. Time Limit paid $8 and $4.20, while third-place paid $3.20 to show. Doug O’Neill trains the winner, a four-year-old filly by Take Charge Indy.
UMBERTO RISPOLI (A G Indy, winner) – “I was watching Valdivia’s filly (jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. on Angelcents) up front and I knew she usually wants to drift out. But by the time we were turning for home, I couldn’t wait anymore. I sent my filly outside her and she went. Then that other filly (Time Limit) came up outside us and my filly really dug in. She’s a fighter.)
DOUG O’NEILL (A G Indy, winner) “She does like this track and I thought Umberto (Rispoli) just gave her a great ride. There’s a lot of speed here and he got to sit just off the pace and when they turned for home he found a lane and got it done. Great race by the filly and a great ride by Umberto.”
FRACTIONS: :22.38 :44.83 :56.71
The stakes win the first of the meet for rider Rispoli and his 11th stakes win at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the second of the meet for trainer O’Neill and his 42 at Del Mar.
The winning owner is Ron Arakelian of Irvine, CA.