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June 09, 2006 · By · Share

Sweetsouthernheat won the 30K maiden claimer going one and one sixteenth on June 9th at Churchill Downs. It sometimes helps to be lucky and good.  Sweetsouthernheat was beaten a short head this afternoon, but the runner that crossed the finish line first came out in the last fifty yards interfering with Sweetsouthernheat and slowing her momentum.  After a steward's inquiry, Sweetsouthernheat was moved up from second and given the win.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Trainer Dallas Stewart said, "We got lucky.  That filly that that crossed the line first was pretty game, but fortunately she came out and bumped us there at the end.  It was probably just enough to cost us.  A step here or there was the difference, so the stewards did the right thing.  Our filly was pretty tired, but she just kept coming.  I'm glad they gave us the disqualification.  It would have been a tough beat to lose that way."

Jockey Mark Guidry said, "We got carried a little wide early, but my filly settled okay.  I was able to get her in some on the second turn, and then when I asked my filly, she gave me some run.  That filly in front of us was running hard, but I thought we were going to get her.  When she came out she bumped me a couple times and carried me out.  I lost some momentum and that was the difference."

Sweetsouthernheat earned $12,400 for her effort bringing her career total to $18,045.

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