Pataky Kid, trained by Tom Proctor, won the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) and Gold Edge in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3).
In the Futurity, Pataky Kid rallied to overtake pacesetting favorite Muppet Man inside the sixteenth pole and despite racing greenly after assuming command, drew away to a three-length victory. With Garrett Gomez in the irons, the son of Rockport Harbor covered the one-turn mile over Polytrack in 1:37.58.
“He made the lead and I got into him a couple of times,” Gomez explained of his horse’s late-in-the-race antics. “The second time I got into him he didn’t like it too much and he let me know. He ducked out a little bit but I got him straightened out and he continued on his way.”
The Oklahoma-bred picked up his second win in three trips to the post and the $87,300 winner’s share took his earnings into six figures at $116,050.
A clear second choice in the wagering, Pataky Kid paid $6.80, $3.20 and $2.60. Muppet Man returned $2.40 and $2.20. Stormin Monarcho paid $3.
In the Lassie, Gold Edge rallied in the center of the track to get by the front-stepping La Song to prevail by a neck under jockey Chris Emigh in 1:37.96 for the mile over Polytrack.
“I wasn’t sure we were going to get there until the last couple of jumps,” said Emigh who also rode the daughter of Eddington to her previous victory in the $65,000 Lisa M Stakes at Arlington last month. “She’s been training so good (since her last race). I knew she might get beat (today) but they were really going to have to run to beat her. She’s been training awesome and she tries her heart out.”
Gold Edge kept her perfect record intact with three wins in as many starts and boosted her bankroll to $138,429 with the $82,800 winner’s share from the Lassie.
–Arlington Park Publicity contributed to this report.
Pataky Kid/Photo by Four Footed Foto