Erin's Golden Star Wins!
Patience is a virtue. After many near misses, Erin's Golden Star turned patience into success as she went gate-to-wire in the starter allowance at Philadelphia Park on Wednesday.
Erin's Golden Star was hustled from the gate and opened up a three-length lead through a quarter-mile in 22. She continued blazing away on the front end through a half-mile in 44 and change. She opened up a five-length lead with just over a furlong to go and held off a furious late charge to win by a nose.
Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "I told Angel (Arroyo) not to worry about getting the filly to switch leads. I told him that when you fight her she stops so ride hard and try to open up as much daylight as he could and just keep working on her. I'll have to watch the replay, but I think she finally switched leads in the final couple jumps. That might have been the difference. When I saw her open up that big lead I just hoped Angel would keep busy on her. We waited a long time for this win. I didn't want to see her get beat at the wire. She's not run badly very often, but she didn't like to win. She loved to finish second. Maybe she'll realize it's not so bad now."
Erin's Golden Star earned $16,200 for the victory, pushing her career earnings to $115,020.
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