Getridofwhatailesu Impressive in Pippin Victory; Silver State Edges Hunka Burning Love in Fifth Season
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021) – The Elkstone Group LLC’s Getridofwhatailesu, making her first start since a winning effort at Oaklawn last March, took advantage of her favored stablemate’s bad break and came flying late from 10th place to win her first career stakes by 1 ½ lengths in the $150,000 Pippin Stakes.
Several horses vied for the lead throughout the one-mile race with Wicked Whisper leading for the first quarter in :23 2/5 and Graysonsmacho Girl leading to the half mile mark in :47, but in the end they were no match for the winner, who won the race in 1:38 2/5 over a fast track under jockey Joe Rocco Jr. Our Super Freak, who stalked the pace throughout, took second, and Istan Council was third.
Getridofwhatailesu was the second Oaklawn stakes winner in two days for trainer Brad Cox, who also won the opening day Smarty Jones with Caddo River. Shortly before the Pippin he won the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park with 2020 Oaklawn allowance winner Knicks Go.
Getridofwhatailesu, a 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare, improved her record to four wins from seven starts and has now earned $259,197. She returned $19.20, $8.60 and $5.60 at odds of 8-1.
Two races earlier, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Silver State became a stakes winner in his 4-year-old debut when he edged pacesetter Hunka Burning Love by a nose.
Silver State, a ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., was the last out of the gate and was unhurried early as Hunka Burning Love led through early fractions of :23 3/5 and :47 2/5. The winner caught up to the front runner entering the stretch and wore him down late for the victory in 1:37 3/5 for one mile over a fast track. Night Ops was third.
Silver State is trained by Steve Asmussen, who one race later won his 700th race at Oaklawn. The Hard Spun colt has now won four of eight career starts and has earned $330,094. The 4-5 favorite returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10.
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