GAME RECOGNIZE GAME OVERCOMES MAJOR STUMBLE TO HIS KNEES AT START, WINNING REMINGTON PARK FEATURE FROM LAST TO FIRST
Trouble had been Game Recognize Game’s middle name until he won for the first time in his fourth career start. It appeared he might be back to his troubled ways in Sunday’s featured allowance at Remington Park when he went to his knees at the start.
In the first three starts of this 4-year-old gelding’s career, Game Recognize Game broke in the air in his debut, altered course after breaking slowly in his second try and then broke slowly again in his third race. He had run fourth, fifth and 10th in those races. When he finally got a clean trip in his first race this year on March 17, he outlasted a maiden field at Remington Park by a neck.
It appeared at first glance that the 1,300-pound plus horse was back to his troubled ways on Sunday night. When the gate opened the gelded son of Favorite Cartel, out of the FDD Dynasty mare Distant Fury, broke awkwardly, going quickly to his knees before righting himself. Game Recognize Game was last out of the gate and had a relatively small opening between horses to make his way through, but in the end he passed them all for the victory at 9-2 odds.
Jockey Francisco Calderon made his way through the crevice aboard Game Recognize Game, expertly finding his way to the front in the 400-yard allowance race for 3-year-olds and older that had never won two races in their lives.
Game Recognize Game, trained by Hemerio Hernandez, now has won two. In fact, he has won two in a row and seems to have found his wheels because the move he made to go from last to first was most impressive.
The winner earned $12,330 for his owner HWD Racing Stables (Luis Castillo) of Odessa, Texas, who also bred the horse in Texas. Game Recognize Game’s record improved to five starts and two wins. He basically doubled his lifetime earnings to $24,756.
Winning time for the 400 yards was :20.125, good enough for a speed index of 83 in the field of 10 over a fast track. Game Recognize Game just got up for the neck victory over Hard Candy (4-1). That runner-up was another length in front of third-place finisher and post-time wagering favorite Mistakin Idenity (5-2).
Game Recognize Game paid $11.20 to win, $5 to place and $4.80 to show.
Remington Park racing continues April 27-30, Thursday through Saturday. The first race nightly is 6pm with Sunday racing starting at 4pm. All times are Central.
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