AUBURN — Gosailgo couldn’t have asked for a better scenario in the $50,000 Boeing Handicap for fillies and mares on Sunday at Emerald Downs.
The 4-year-old filly raced to an easy early lead in the one-mile race after E Z Kitty broke poorly so Gosailgo had plenty of energy left when favored Exclusive Diva tried to run her down, expanding her lead to 5 lengths at the wire.
“ It felt like we were going really easy and we really were,” said Debbie Hoonan, who rode Gosailgo. “I was really surprised that (E Z Kitty and Exclusive Diva) didn’t go to the lead. I thought they’d be out there wingin’ and dingin’, but I guess they were trying to play a different game today and it worked in our favor. I could feel I had a lot of horse left.”
It was Hoonan’s first ride since June 9, when she was taken to the hospital after she landed on her head in a paddock mishap. She then suffered microfractures of her tibia in a training accident June 14.
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E Z Kitty finished third and Chamgpagneandcaviar was last in the four-horse field.
Gosailgo was the least-bet horse in the field and paid $20.20 to win. She ran the mile in 1 minute, 35.08 seconds.
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