Sagamore Farm's Walkwithapurpose overcame a stumbling start, recovered and when asked for her best, powered past the leaders to victory in the $125,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park.
Jeremy Rose is 4-for-4 aboard the daughter of Candy Ride, from Argentina. Rose picked up the mount after her debut at Timonium and has guided her to consecutive tallies at Laurel, her maiden win (Oct. 3), an allowance victory (Nov. 16) and two stakes triumphs. Walkwithapurpose won the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship on New Year's Eve in her race before this start.
On Saturday, Walkwithapurpose almost went to her knees at the start and after bouncing off her nearest competitors, settled into stride. Rose had her tracking the speed before he sent her after the leaders to sweep by and take the lead into the homestretch. She drew away, winning by 43/4 lengths over Power Lady. Dear to All finished third.
"She showed how good she is," Rose said. "Nothing went her way. [Power Lady] was the one that got away the best, the easiest. I felt if we moved at the right time we could beat her. She never even got her correct lead until after the finish line, when she took off. Nearly going on her head at the break, running on the wrong lead and not being where we wanted to be, and she still dominated the field. She is a nice horse."
Ignacio Correas trains Walkwithapurpose. He indicated that the filly would run next in the $150,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes at Laurel. The mile race will be contested March 2. His ultimate goal is the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Grade 2) at Pimlico Race Course on May 17.
"She loves this racetrack," Correas said. "She is a Maryland-bred, we are a Maryland operation and I see no reason to take her out of town until there isn't a race for her here. There is no reason to look for trouble somewhere else."
The winner completed the seven-furlong distance in 1 minute, 27.04 seconds and paid $5.40 as the post-time favorite.
McMahon's birthday win
Hugh McMahon celebrated his 45th birthday with his 17th victory of the Laurel winter meet when Vicarious Won ($3.20) won the third race. In the first 19days of stand, McMahon has 17 victories in 39 starts with 33 finishes in the money. The longtime assistant to Scott Lake ranks fourth in North America with 20victories.
"When I was working for Scott and I was saddling 10 horses a day and knocking out three or four wins, [now-retired trainer] Eddie Gaudet came up to me and asked how we were doing it. I took my hands out of my pocket and put them together and said, 'It is a lot of [praying],'" McMahon said. "Last year, Dane Kobiskie was winning races at this rate. There is no rhyme or reason to it, and it has an expiration date, so you have to enjoy it while you can."
McMahon leads Lake by 10 victories in the local standings.
Sheldon Russell rode three winners Saturday to regain the lead in the riders standings. The 25-year-old scored aboard Azicharmyou ($14.60-4th), Seven Stars ($3.60-6th) and Sweet Maxine ($30-7th). He has 21 trips to the winner's circle, one more than apprentice Yomar Ortiz.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun