FIRST GRADED STAKES WIN FOR MOCITO ROJO AFTER VICTORY IN THE GRADE 3
FIRST GRADED STAKES WIN FOR MOCITO ROJO AFTER VICTORY IN THE GRADE 3, $300,000 SEXTON MILE SUNDAY
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sunday, April 28, 2019) –Mocito Rojo owned by Wayne T. Davis becomes the newest graded stakes winner after today’s victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Steve Sexton Mile. The 5-yr-old horse by Mutadda who shipped in from Louisiana is trained by Shane Wilson.
Guided by jockey Filemon Rodriguez, Mocito Rojo raced five to six wide on the first turn and settled on the outside. Advancing near the half, he rallied wide four to five wide on the far turn making a bid at the five-sixteenths, then took the lead and was clear in the final sixteenth finishing two lengths in front of favorite King Abner.
Fractions for the mile were 23.84, 46.83, 1:11.15 and 1:23.93. Final time was 1:37.06 over a fast main racetrack.
With the $165,000 winner’s share of the purse Mocito Rojo upped his career earnings to $484,750. It was his 14th win from 22 career starts and his first graded stakes win.
Mocito Rojo went off at odds of 5.20-1 and returned $12.40; $6.20 & $4.00. The betting favorite was second placed King Abner at 2.20-1 and he returned $4.60 and $2.40 for the place. Title Ready was third and returned $2.60 for show. In fourth place was Air Strike followed by Shotgun Kowboy, G’s Turn, Phat Man, Forevamo, Analyze This Jet and Minister of Soul completed the order of finish.
Post-race quotes from Steve Sexton Mile
Winning trainer – Shane Wilson
“He ran some big races in the wintertime, he had some 115, 114 E Speed Figures and we got to looking around at some of the Grade 3’s are running 108, 109’s and you know you want to take a step and try something like this, but you’re always nervous because maybe he can do it against lesser competition, but not against better horses, and he stepped up and did it like we hoped he would. He’s just been a dream come true. Every time we’ve stepped him up he’s responded and run bigger, every time. He’s been a dream. We’ll see how he comes out of this and we’ll spot him in some good spots hopefully.”
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