Jostle Upsets Secret Status in CCA Oaks
Updated: Sunday, July 23, 2000 6:52 PM
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2000 6:52 PM
Fox Hill Farms' Jostle led at every call en route to an upset victory over heavily favored Secret Status in the $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park. Jostle, the second choice in the wagering, returned $7.70, $6.20, and $2.10 for the win. The winning exacta combination, completed by 13-1 Resort, returned $83.50.
Jostle assumed the early lead and raced a path off the rail around the first turn. Secret Status, despite angling in on the run to the first turn, was caught four-wide as they made their way to the backstretch. Jostle continued to lead on the backstretch with Secret Status stalking in second place. Resort made a sweeping move while wide on the second turn to move into second place. Secret Status, under Pat Day, shuffled back from between horses into third before Day attempted to rally her outside of horses. At the top of the stretch, jockey Mike Smith began urging Jostle with left-handed whipping, but Resort kept right with her. Smith switched the whip to his right hand and Jostle pulled away from Resort and the rest of the field, completing the 1 1/2 miles in 2:29.99 over a fast track.
"She's got a lot of grit to her and I'm glad to be a part of the team," said Smith. "I know it sounds weird but horses seem to be tougher on the lead when you're going 12 furlongs as opposed to 10. After you've run a mile and an eighth it's tough to come with a big run and that's what played to our advantage."
Resort held well to finish second, 3 1/4 lengths behind the winner and 3/4 lengths ahead of third-place Secret Status. "I wish there was more speed to go and press the winner," said Edgar Prado, Resort's jockey. "At the top of the stretch I thought my horse was going to go by, but the winner had a nice easy lead (opening fractions of :24.09, :49.20, and 1:15.09) and was tough."
Sound of the West, Polly Jo, Zoftig, and Miss Chief completed the order of finish.
Jostle (Brocco--Moon Drone, by Drone) is a 3-year-old filly bred in Kentucky by Prestonwood Farm and trained by John Servis. The CCA Oaks win marks the first grade I win for both Jostle and Servis. Jostle earned $210,000 for the win, her sixth from 11 career starts. After winning the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) over a muddy Pimlico track two starts back, Jostle finished second to Secret Status in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I). She completed her juvenile season with four consecutive wins, including a muddy renewal of the Demoiselle (Stakes gr. II) at Aqueduct in November.
Both Servis and Neil Howard, trainer of Secret Status, indicated the $750,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) as the next likely start for their fillies. The 1 1/4-mile Alabama will be run at Saratoga August 19. (Chart, Equibase)
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