By Dick Downey
Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
There was plenty of snow on the ground, but the track was rated fast, and Extrasexyhippzster ran that way winning the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park.
Extrasexyhippzster won at 3-1 odds for trainer Mike Trombetta, besting 2-1 favorite Joint Custody by 3 3/4 lengths. Trombetta said he was impressed enough that he'd put the colt in a two-turn race next.
Timed in a solid 1:36.75 for the mile under Julian Pimentel, Extrasexyhippzster stalked Joint Custody on the rail, giving him about two lengths, all the way into the stretch. He was moved out and to the fore without much effort and scooted away.
Joint Custody finished 1 1/2 length in front of Mr. Rover, who was followed by Master Lightning, Jessethemarine and Germaniac.
The winner paid $8.40 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.20 to show. The $60,000 winner's portion of the $100,000 purse pushed Extrasexyhippzster's earnings to $171,724.
It was the third win in five starts for Extrasexyhippzster, and his second straight stakes win after taking the one-mile Don Rickles Stakes at Aqueduct on Dec. 21.
Extrasexyhippzster is a Pennsylvania-bred colt by Stroll out of Extra Sexy Psychic, by Freud. He's a homebred owned by Toni M. Kirwan's Kirwan Equine Group and Edward Hipps.
Michael Trombetta: “This was huge today. I’m extremely pleased with this performance. You hope that everything turns out perfect the way a race develops, but rarely does it. This was so impressive the way he rated behind all that speed. He was kind to Julien the whole way. When he found that spot at the top of the lane, I was very impressed with the way he went forward. This time of the year you start trying them a little further to see if they’re going to be able to get the longer distances, and for me today he passed the test. I don’t know where I’ll run him back, but the obvious is to continue to add distance and two turns.”
Julian Pimentel: “Mike told me to sit behind those two horses and make my move when I thought the time was right. I did just what he said, and when things opened up, I made my move and he just took off, and that was it.”