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Brinello rallies late to score over Resurgent in Manitoba Maturity

July 12, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Ernie Nairn
Saturday, July 8, at Assiniboia Downs, the $40,000 Manitoba Maturity over a mile and one-sixteenth for four-year-old Manitoba-foaled colts and geldings witnessed another exciting match up with a field of eight chasing the first place purse money of $24,000.

Pre-race (6-5) favourite Resurgent, the winner of last year's one-mile Manitoba Stakes for three-year-olds and the 1-1/8 mile J. W. Sifton Stakes with veteran jockey Alan Cuthbertson on board, was rated the one to beat. But this season's leading rider Rohan Singh on (3-1) choice Brinello rallied late on the outside in a stretch drive duel with Resurgent and recorded a 1-3/4-length victory.

Snowy Old Man (7-2) with Mark Anderson finished third. This was Brinello's first win in four season starts and improved his season's earnings total to $25,250. The win also avenged Brinello's loss to Resurgent in last season's J. W. Sifton Stakes, where he
finished 4-1/4 lengths back of Resurgent.

The running time for the feature was 1:47.20.

Resurgent jumped off to an early lead passing the grandstand the first time along with two other front-runners, Harley's Game with Carlos Marquez and Whiskey Drive with Renaldo Cumberbatch. But as the field came out of the final turn, Singh and Brinello, who had been sitting just off the pace, made their move. They caught up to Resurgent and that produced a short and late two-horse duel. The winning duo pulled in front in the final few yards and scored a 1-3/4-length victory.

Owned and bred by Brandon veterinarian Dr. Ross McKague and trained by this season's leading trainer Carl Anderson, Brinello paid $14.30, $4.10 and $3.20. Resurgent paid $2.20 and $2.10 and Snowy Old Man $ 3.60. The triactor of (2-4-1) paid $129.10; the exactor $20.70 and quinella $7.80.

The Manitoba Maturity victory handed jockey Rohan Singh his fifth stakes victory of the season and his third stakes win in the past two weeks. It was also his second win on the 8-race card. Singh also won the sixth race on board Jet Home Judy. Last weekend, Singh won both the Canada Day Stakes with Remiewaterbluz Saturday afternoon and last Sunday's North Dakota Derby on board Dakota Long Legs.

In his last outing on June 18, Brinello bled badly and finished 10th in a one-mile $12,500 allowance feature. Since then, he has received some positive medical attention following that race to prevent a re-occurrence of the bleeding problem.

"They treated him aggressively today and all week, and the groom did a great job. She was on top of this problem as well," was Rohan Singh's initial comment. "Carl Anderson also deserves some credit as he managed this horse real well and he fired big today."

Singh added, "I knew the # 4 (Resurgent) and #6 (Whiskey Drive) horses would duke it out in front. So, I stayed behind, because a couple of other times I have ridden this horse, he tended to make his move prematurely, and I let him do what he wanted to do.

So today, I was determined to wait as long as I could and then wheel him out and make a run for it, and he responded really well."

Trainer Carl Anderson agreed that Brinello closed really well in his first mile and sixteenth race of the season and came back strong in this feature after the bleeding problem in his last outing. Anderson also trains Resurgent and Gold With Honor, the only mare in the field, who finished 7th.

Carl Anderson was also very pleased that Brinello was able to return to form and gave the veteran trainer his second stakes victory of the season. Owner/breeder Dr. Ross McKague reiterated that full credit for Brinello's win belonged to the groom, stable staff and Carl Anderson for bringing the gelding back into winning form after his last outing and that disappointing performance in his previous race on June 18.