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Grip Hands Wins Presque Isle Allowance

June 21, 2012 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Grip Hands made the trip to Erie, PA a worthwhile one, winning a first level allowance at Presque Isle Downs on Tuesday evening.

Our son of Giant’s Causeway broke well and easily gained the lead in the one mile event. Fleurdefortyfour pressed Grip Hands through quick early fractions of 23.64 and 46.40 and made a run at him on the turn and down the lane. It looked like Fleurdefortyfour was going to run right by us, but Grip Hands found another gear and kicked home to win by three and three quarter lengths.


“I thought we were in trouble on the turn when the second choice came up and challenged him,” said WPT president Terry Finley. “It was great to see this horse dig in and finish well.”

“We sat down last week and strategized about where to place this horse. We knew he trained well over the synthetic at Fair Hill, his half brother just won a graded stake at Woodbine, and the competition at Presque Isle is softer than Monmouth and way softer than a place like Belmont. We also knew the turf course as Monmouth hasn’t favored speed horses lately, despite being notoriously fast. One of the benefits of running in a “non winners of two” allowance race versus the “a other than” allowance is you’re not going to find those salty older horses who have won a bunch of claiming races. It turned out to be the right move, and sets us up well for a good summer. I’m inclined to run him back at Presque Isle if the right race came up.”

“He dug in and was game, that’s for sure,” said trainer Graham Motion. “Pablo (Morales) said he was getting out down the lane just a little bit, but kept going. Congrats to his Partners.”