Starkey Gal won her debut on October 21st at Woodbine
overcoming a bad start to press the pace before drawing off in the stretch and holding on under a drive.
Starkey Gal won her debut on October 21st at Woodbine overcoming a bad start to press the pace before drawing off in the stretch and holding on under a drive.
Breaking from post seven after a long delay when a jockey got hurt in the gate, Starkey Gal got away rather sluggishly. Corey Fraser hustled her up in between horses to sit second a head back through a quarter-mile in 23 flat. Corey Fraser kept applying the pressure as Starkey Gal opened up a length and a half lead though a half-mile in 46.3. Starkey Gal continued to hold a daylight lead after six furlongs in 1:13.3 and stubbornly held on late to win by a length and a half.
Trainer Nancy Triola said, “The baby has been training well. She’s not been the sharpest from the gate. We’ve schooled her quite a bit, but it wasn’t ideal today. They got them all loaded then the one horse acted up and they had to replace the jockey. They were standing in the gate for quite awhile, and then they had to unload them all. They were milling around for ten or fifteen minutes before they loaded again, and that’s tough for experienced horses let alone first time babies. Then she came out slow. I told Corey to go on with her, and we got up into the fray and she kept going. That wasn’t an ideal trip yet she still ran on well and held them off when they tried running at her late. I think she’ll be alright.”
Jockey Corey Fraser said, “She didn’t break real well. We didn’t want to be too far back. You can get into too much trouble, so I pushed her up in between there, and she showed a lot of courage. She hooked that horse to her inside, and she just kept going. She got a little tired late, but she showed a lot of heart.”
Starkey Gal earned $17,980 U.S. for her win. This was West Point Thoroughbred’s seventh win out of ten races at Woodbine.