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Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows

April 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Swede Notches Third Straight Win This Year in Friday's Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows

PRAIRIE MEADOWS, Altoona, IA-Prairie Meadows jockey Terry Thompson won two-thirds of Friday's card on the second night of the racing season in Altoona.

Sidelined with leg injuries nearly half of last year, Thompson tallied this year's first stakes victory on Friday aboard a 3-year-old filly named Swede in the eleventh running of the Goldfinch Stakes.

Unhurried from the starting gate, the betting favorite charted a path 3-wide, drawing clear later in the race by four lengths in one minute, 11.70 seconds for six furlongs.

The victory was Swede's third straight of six career starts after she won two allowance races in open company at Oaklawn Park this past February and March.

"We didn't want to set our sights too high," said trainer J. Larry Jones following the Goldfinch Stakes. "I'm hoping she will fill in like Josh's Madelyn. When you get owners like (Mr. and Mrs. William Hobbs), it makes the job easier. We're hoping for a good meet here."

"I feel pretty good," said jockey Thompson, who has previously earned four riding titles here. "I got banged up in the gate earlier tonight, but I feel great. I'm one hundred percent. About halfway through the Oaklawn meet, I could tell I was back to where I left off. I had a great season over there. Then I went to Kentucky and won one. The meet here has started off great."

The daughter of Yankee Victor out of the Mining mare, Fast an Sexy, paid $4.20, $2.50, and $2.20 at the window. She earned $30,000 of tonight's purse worth $53,000, which brings her bankroll to $61,400. Pierre Amestoy in Kentucky is her breeder.

Complete order of finish: Swede, Queansco, Tally Ho Dixie, Malika's Gold, Tuff Justice, Shesa Private, Sweet Kendall Jo.

Thompson and Jones teamed up for a second win on Friday. Sunriseontheoasis emerged from a tightly bunched field of Iowa allowance fillies and mares, dictating the lead by three lengths at the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of Gilded Time notched her second career victory in 1:05.90. It was the first win of the season for owner River Ridge Ranch LC (Sandra Rasmussen). The $2 win, place, and show wager on Sunriseontheoasis returned $30.80, $7.60, and $6.00, respectively. Camela Carson ran second. The late charging Iowa's Melanie and Fille's Won dueled for the third spot, reporting to the wire in that order.

Jockey Thompson also rode the winner of Race 1, Mr. Deputy, who earned his diploma at six furlongs in the tenth start of his career.