Horseracing Update: Maxfield Edges Happy Saver to Win Clark Stakes
Four-year-old colt Maxfield concluded his horseracing career with a bang. This was by winning the 2021 edition of the Clark Stakes on Friday. Maxfield has a 6-5 odds of winning the race. He held off 12-1 Happy Saver’s last-ditch rally to take home the US$750,000 race in one minute and 49.06 seconds. It was Maxfield’s first Grade 1 stake win since October 2019. He concluded his career with eight victories in 11 starts and earned US$2,012,812 overall. What was more remarkable about the horse’s performance on Friday is he wins it on his second time wearing blinkers.
Maxfield began from the middle of the field. Jockey Jose Ortiz put him in contention behind early leader and favorite Midnight Bourbon. He broke through the final stretch of the race. He had enough power to fend off the late burst of Happy Saver to take first place. Midnight Bourbon finished third. Militarist, King Fury, Night Ops, Dr Post and Chess Chief checked in fourth to eighth in that order.
The result stunned online horseracing betting enthusiasts who took Maxfield lightly due to his previous slip-ups in Grade 1 events and made diehards of the four-year-old colt happy due to additional earnings after the race. The Clark Stakes conquest sums up a roller-coaster journey for Maxfield. He was a potential Triple Crown racehorse if not for the various injuries and disappointing finishes in Grade 1 races. This had prevented his career rise.
Independence Hall Entered in Cigar Mile
Multiple graded stakes winner Independence Hall will compete in the US$750,000 Cigar Mile on December 4 at the Aqueduct in New York City. This was confirmed by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners official Aron Wellman. The Michael McCarthy-trained horse was impressive from start to finish en route to winning the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes on October 30. The son of Constitution hopes to stay unbeaten at the Aqueduct as he has yet to lose in two starts at the racetrack.
Aloha West and other Horses in Contention for the Cigar Mile
Independence Hall may not be the only Eclipse racehorse competing at the Cigar Mile on Saturday as Aloha West is also listed as a possible starter. The two-time Saratoga winner displayed superb sprinting prowess in his victory at the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. If confirmed, Aloha West will aim for a Breeders’ Cup Sprint-Cigar Mile double which no horse had ever achieved before. Aloha West had a trial race on Wednesday morning under trainer Wayne Catalano and recorded a half-mile clocking of 49.40 seconds.
Meanwhile, other horses taking part in the Cigar Mile are Code of Honor, Ginobili, Ny Traffic, Snapper Sinclair, Dennis’ Moment, Olympiad, Plainsman, Following Sea and New York-bred colt American revolution, who is expected by experts to be another entry to watch out for due to his strong finish at the Pennsylvania Derby where he finished third behind Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon. The race is a Grade 1 event that will bring fireworks to the Aqueduct racetrack. It will also give online sportsbooks a hard time on who to choose just before the race flags off.