C Z Rocket (left) wins the Hot Springs by a neck over four-time race winner and champ sprinter Whitmore



C Z Rocket rejected 8-5 preferred Whitmore his 5th success in the $200,000 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn on Saturday when he got up in the last dive under Florent Geroux to dominate by a neck in a last time of 1:09.04 for 6 furlongs over a fast lane. Flagstaff completed third.

” I didn’t believe we would lag Whitmore, however it sort of exercised,” stated fitness instructor Peter Miller, who had actually declared the City Zip gelding in 2015 for $40,000 at the Hot Springs, Ark., track prior to he went on to win numerous graded stakes in Southern California.

” May have actually been a true blessing in camouflage to track Whitmore,” Miller included. “He’s such a fantastic horse, Whitmore, therefore is C Z Rocket. I simply can’t state sufficient about both of these horses. My congratulations to the connections of Whitmore on having this horse prepared to rock-and-roll. Decreasing the stretch, I believed we were going to get there. It was difficult. He was a little more back than I ‘d believed he would be, truthfully. I did see speed was hot. Flo (Florent Geroux) understands what he’s doing. Horse runs actually well for him. Speed was quickly, so we were where we were expected to be and it exercised.”

C Z Rocket, who races for Madaket Stables LLC, Gary Barber and Tom Kagele, enhanced his record to 10-2-2 in 24 starts and has actually now made $1,011,641. He returned $7.20, $3.40 and $2.40 as the 5-2 2nd option.

In the Temperence Hill Stakes, 47-1 longshot Carlos L. went gate to wire to win the 1 1/2 mile race by a neck over Lone Rock under jockey Alex Canchari. Significantly, the 2-1 favorite was 3rd.

The 5-year-old Hold Me Back horse has actually now won 7 of 16 starts and made $262,999 for fitness instructor Mac Robertson and owners Excellent Buddies II, LLC.

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