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2009 Gotham Stakes (G3) - I Want Revenge





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Uploaded on Mar 7, 2009

Judging from his 8 ½-length victory Saturday afternoon in Aqueduct Racetracks 57th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds, I Want Revenge wants a whole lot more. The California invader, making his first start on natural dirt after a 1-1-4 record from six starts on synthetic surfaces, stamped himself as a player to be reckoned with for New Yorks last major Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 4. The Stephen Got Even colt not only showed a fondness for dirt, but also showed a warriors heart as he battled favorite Mr. Fantasy through fractions of 23.76, 48.48, 1:12.69 and then simply drew away to cover the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.65. I have to give all the credit to Jeff (Mullins, trainer), said winning jockey Joe Talamo. Hes kept him fresh this whole campaign. I had so much horse the whole way around. Me and Alan (Garcia, jockey on Mr. Fantasy) were going pretty slow, but at the quarter-pole, my horse just took off. There is no comparison between real dirt and synthetic he really took to it. When we went past the three-sixteenths pole, I was smiling. Well be back in four weeks. Mullins, who will keep the horse in New York with trainer Anthony Dutrow to prepare for the Wood Memorial, wasnt quite sure what to expect. Nor did 5,154 fans, who let I Want Revenge go at 3-1. The horse was closer than I really wanted him to be, Mullins said. The horse kind of towed (jockey Joe Talamo) up there and (Talamo) stepped on him the whole way. I guess he knew what he was doing. We thought the dirt would move him up; I dont know if thats what did it or not. We might have just picked the right spot. Imperial Council rallied late under jockey Rajiv Maragh to neck Mr. Fantasy for the place. This is a really talented horse that is going to appreciate more distance, Maragh said. Hes the best three-year-old Ive ridden in New York. He galloped out tremendous. Mr. Fantasys trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was impressed by the winner. Theyve got good races out on the West Coast. Why didnt (I Want Revenge) stay out there? he joked. The best horse won today. We were second-best, even though we didnt get second. If that horse doesnt ship East, we win by five. Said Garcia of Mr. Fantasy: He ran good he got tired, but he ran so hard. He was a little warm in the paddock -- just so happy to run -- but he warmed up and settled down. Im very happy with the way he ran. Hes a nice horse and we can do better than that next time. Masala, Russell Road, Axel Foley, Naos, Haynesfield and Giant Ryan trailed.

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