BALTIMORE,MS 05-16-09 – Cash Counter Stables’ Everyday Heroes pushed his record to four-for-four with a speedy, somewhat erratic victory in the 34th running of the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico Saturday.
A field of nine 3-year-olds battled six furlongs over the main track in the Grade 3 stakes. Everyday Heroes, a son of Awesome Again trained by Tim Ritchey and ridden by Jose Caraballo, pressed the pace before taking the lead at the top of the stretch.
Heading toward the finish line, Everyday Heroes drifted extremely wide but still managed to win by 3 ¾ lengths in 1:09.51. Not For Silver closed from far back to finished second, 1 ½ lengths clear of Checklist.
Everyday Heroes paid $16.40. His previous three victories were achieved this winter at Oaklawn Park.
Hirsch Jacobs Stakes Quotes
Tim Ritchey, winning trainer, Everyday Heroes -- “This horse is undefeated and we knew we had a good horse when he beat older horses twice earlier this year at Oaklawn Park. They were nice older horses, and that’s a 3-year-old. He really impressed us. He has tons of ability, but we may need to keep him focused a little more during his races. He had a few problems in the stretch today with the crowd and the noise. He could be a really good horse. He is already a strong sprinter, and his pedigree says that he may go longer.”
Jose Caraballo, winning jockey, Everyday Heroes -- “He broke good. We were sitting in a good spot. At the middle of the turn, I tapped him on the shoulder and he shook loose. He started goofing around, looking around and waiting for other horses to come at him. I wasn’t going to fight him the last eighth of a mile. He’s very talented and great to ride.
Mike Trombetta, trainer, Not For Silver, 2nd – “The winner was so wide, he (Nothing for Silver) had nothing to chase. But he wasn’t making up enough ground anyway.”
Julian Pimentel, jockey, Not For Silver, 2nd – “There was lots of speed in the race. He settled nicely and finished up good.”
Todd Pletcher, trainer, Checklist, 3rd – “It wasn’t a bad effort. Hopefully, this colt can continue to improve and put a string of good efforts together. He’s not consistent; he’s still figuring things out.”
Edgar Prado, jockey, Checklist, 3rd – “We just got outrun. He tried hard.”