Published Saturday, September 9th, 2023   ( 10 months ago )

John C. Mabee Stakes (Grade II)

Closing Remarks | Benoit Photo

Closing Remarks © Benoit Photo

UMBERTO RISPOLI (Closing Remarks, winner) – “Look at this point either you go in and you go out. I didn’t want to give up too much ground to Oakhurst and I know that this filly does well sprinting late.  But as well I now that Turnerloose is a filly that can keep going, and I know that she was going to run well today. I ran my filly basically the way that I was feeling her. She bounced back from the race pretty well. The way she ran today I think she can run a mile and a quarter.”

CARLA GAINES (Closing Remarks, winner) – “I was a bit nervous to be honest because it was such a slow pace and she was a bit farther back than I expected her to be. But Umberto (Rispoli) said ‘Don’t worry about it, just give me the key,’ so that’s what I did.”

FRACTIONS:  :24.12  :48.22 1:12.61  1:36.76  1:48.23

The stakes win was the sixth of the meet for rider Rispoli and the second for trainer Gaines.

Rider Rispoli was winning his first John C. Mabee. He now has 24 stakes wins at Del Mar.

Trainer Gaines was winning her first John C. Mabee. She now has 19 stakes wins at Del Mar.