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King Henny Pulls Upset in Gazebo Stakes


Teaming with trainer Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana Jr. and King Henny skillfully tracked pacesetter Titletown Five before pouncing to win the six-furlong Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

King Henny rated in third place through opening fractions of :22.62 and :46.77 behind Titletown Five, the even-money favorite making his first start since November. King Henny came three wide into the stretch and gamely wore down the pacesetter to win by 1 14 lengths in a final time of 1:12.00.

Malibu High, ridden by Calvin Borel, came flying late but fell short of providing his rider with his long-awaited 5,000th win and settled for third in the field of seven.

Stormy Holiday, Our Double Play, Vannistelrooy Star and Get Happy Minister, a previously unbeaten horse from Arapahoe Park, completed the order of finish.

The Gazebo was the fourth victory in seven starts for King Henny, a Henny Hughes colt owned by Erv Woolsey and Keith Asmussen, father of the trainer. He's not nominated to the Triple Crown. He returned $23.80, $6.80 and $3.80.

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Darren Fleming, assistant to Steve Asmussen: “We were pretty disappointed with his last race (ninth in Jan. 21 Smarty Jones). He had some tough races before that, so maybe he had an excuse. He had been training really well heading into this race. Steve and his dad (part owner Keith Asmussen) will talk about what’s next.”

Ricardo Santana Jr., winning jockey: “He broke perfect and got into a perfect position. When I called on him, he did what I wanted. I had a lot of horse in the stretch. I just want to thank god and my trainers for these wins yesterday and today.”

Jon Court, aboardTitletown Five: “No real problems. Smooth trip. We just got outrun at the end.”

D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Titletown Five: “I thought they would throw up some pretty good fractions. He needed this race a little more than I expected. The track was dry and cuppy from the cold weather, but I’m not making excuses. This will give me something good to build on.”

Calvin Borel, aboard Malibu High: “We had a good a trip. He just a got a little tired. He had a little issue that we needed to take care of after his last race, and it cost him about seven days. I’m proud of him. He relaxed for me and did everything perfect. This race will really help him. He’s a nice one.”


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