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Joharmony Triumphs In Hilltop Stakes
BALTIMORE,MD 05-14-10 – Gary L. Chervenell’s Joharmony swept to victory in the finale of Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan program, the $70,000 Hilltop Stakes, contested at 1-1/16 miles over the turf at Pimlico Race Course.
Javier Castellano rode the daughter of Johar for trainer Leigh Delacour. He kept the 3-year-old filly racing comfortably in third behind two battling speed horses, Smart Seattle and Potosina. When asked to go, Joharmony swept past the top two and galloped out to victory, winning by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:44.17.
Potosina finished second but was disqualified to third for interfering with Kit Kats Luck, who was elevated to second.
The winner paid $6.60 while winning her fourth straight race while making her stakes debut.
Hilltop Stakes Quotes
Leigh Delacour (winning trainer, Joharmony) – “We’re very happy with how she ran today and we’re very happy with the way she finished. She came out of the last race at Keeneland very proud of herself and in good form, sound and content. We could not be happier with the way she came into today.”
Javier Castellano (winning jockey, Joharmony) – “That was a perfect trip. The slow pace set up nice for me. I saved ground around the first turn and through the backside. When (Potasina) took off, I swung out and let (Joharmony) her go. Off the turn, she responded nicely and was full of run and finished well.”