Kabel Equals Stakes Record at Woodbine
Updated: Saturday, October 30, 2004 1:34 PM
Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2004 10:04 PM
Todd Kabel, enjoying one of the finest seasons ever by a jockey in Ontario, equaled a 38-year-old Woodbine record of 32 added-money victories in a season set by the late Avelino Gomez.
Set in 1966 by the Hall of Fame legend Gomez, Kabel guided Enough Is Enough to victory in the $132,750 Frost King Stakes on Wednesday night to equal the mark at the Toronto oval.
"I was just hoping to put my name in the same books as Avelino and other riders like Sandy Hawley, Robin Platts and others," said Kabel, of his achievement. "We've been on a lot of favorites the last two weeks and couldn't bring anything home. My agent John Bell told me, 'Come on Todd, tie this, it's getting stressful.' I have to admit it was getting a bit stressful. Now it's achieved and I'm looking forward to breaking it."
Sent off as the favorite, Enough Is Enough was all alone at the wire in the seven-furlong race, scoring a 4 ¼-length win in 1:25.29 over a "fast" main track for trainer Steve Attard.
Enough Is Enough, a 2-year-old bay son of Porto Foricos, came from just off the pace to break his maiden. Kabel kept the colt in striking distance of early leader Handlebar Hank, the latter leading the field through early splits of 22.42 and 45.16 seconds. Despite some anxious moments as Kabel looked for the winning path in the stretch, Enough Is Enough began to pull away from his rivals and drew off as a much-the-best winner.
Kabel, who'll ride 2004 Atto Mile champion Soaring Free in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park in Texas, had plenty of praise for his milestone partner. "He showed a lot of determination coming through small spots. He showed a lot of class."
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