BALTIMORE, 05-21-11 – New Farm’s Vengeful Wildcat pressed pacesetter Chipshot before wresting the lead in mid-stretch on his way to victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes, a sprint for 3-year-olds Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Breaking alertly under jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., the son of Vindication prevailed by a neck and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.54. A winner of three races in five starts, including the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth last summer, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.
Chipshot, who led the race until collared by the winner at the furlong marker, finished second. Road Ready was another two lengths back in third. Vengeful Wildcat paid $6.40.
Chick Lang Stakes Quotes
Ben Perkins Jr. (winning trainer, Vengeful Wildcat) – “He’s a pretty honest little sucker. Carlos fits him well. He knows the horse completely. He broke well and ran well. He’s a very tractable horse. It looks like he likes the outside.”
Carlos Marquez Jr. (winning, jockey, Vengeful Wildcat) – “This is a horse you can put pretty much anywhere. I’ve been watching the races since yesterday. You can close, but the speed just isn’t holding and the inside isn’t the best spot. So I tried to put him on the best part of the racetrack. Turning for home, he switched leads. When he put his head in front, I knew it was ours. Each time he gets better and better.”
Steve Asmussen (trainer, Chipshot, 2nd) – “They went considerably slow today. Last two races, he was running :21 and :44. Today, it’s :23 and :46. This was a weird race.”
Mike Smith (jockey, Chipshot, 2nd) – “I thought they’d be more pace than that. There wasn’t and I thought, ‘it’s an easy pace, let’s go for it.’ He ran really well. He prefers the inside, that’s what they told me before the race. I just couldn’t get to that spot.”
Jeff Bonde (trainer, Road Ready, 3rd) – “I thought he ran well. We tried to run a tactical race and save some ground, but he had to sit and wait a little bit. He ran OK but we just didn’t get it done.”
Garrett Gomez (jockey, Road Ready, 3rd) – “There just was no speed in the race. He tried hard and finished up well.”