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January 06, 2007 · By · Share High Finance started out his four year old campaign by running a huge second on January 6th in the Mr. Prospector Stakes(G3) at Gulfstream Park beaten just over a length after suffering traffic troubles. Breaking from the rail, High Finance didn't get away as alertly as some of the other horses. Jockey Rafael Bejarano was patient but pushed High Finance up along the inside to maintain track position. The early fractions were sizzling. The first quarter-mile went in 22.1, but the half went in an eye popping 44 flat. High Finance was fourth after the half but was trapped down on the rail.  Bejarano tried to cut the corner with High Finance and was practically scraping the paint off the rail. The pacesetter stayed in pretty well, and High Finance had absolutely no room.  Finally, at about the eighth pole a tiny seam opened up and Bejarano drove High Finance through it.  He came with a rush in the last sixteenth of a mile to win the photo for second and was beaten just over a length total.  The time for the race was a sizzling 1:08.4 just two-tenths off the track record.

Rick Violette said, "What a race, Rafael (Bejarano) had to tap on the brakes several time, and we didn't get that early run we wanted in the stretch. He had no choice but to stay down in there, but the room never opened up.  When it did you could see him come running, and he went right through that hole. If we had gotten a little lucky we win the race. If the seven horse comes out at all on the turn we win.  Our colt ran a winning race, and he ran very fast. I think if everything breaks well for us we should have a huge year with this colt.

Terry Finley commented, "We have high expectations for High Finance's four year old season and this was a great way to start it out. We are going to have a lot of fun with him in 2007"

High Finance earned $20,000 for his effort bringing his career total up to $139,850. He will be pointed for either the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap(G3) on February 3rd at Gulfstream Park or the $300,000 General George Handicap(G2) on February 19th at Laurel Park.

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