That gelding with the good-time name was the best at the beginning and end of Saturday’s biggest race at Horsemen’s Park.
Drinkinandthinkin was first both out of the gate and to the finish in the $30,000-added Skunktail Stakes on the second day of live racing at Horsemen’s. General Manager Greg Hosch said an estimated crowd of 8,000 was on hand for the five-race card.
Sunday is the final day of the three-day meet at Horsemen’s, and it also is the most ambitious with six races. The feature is the Who Doctor Who Handicap, which also is the third $30,000 purse race.
Larren Delorme rode Drinkinandthinkin to victory in the six-furlong feature race. Starting from the No. 9 position, Drinkinandthinkin quickly broke to the lead, then tracked the early pace from four wide just off the leaders.
That start was all part of Delorme’s plan with his inexperienced mount.
“We broke pretty solid there,” Delorme said. “We just sat around and stalked the speed on the outside. My horse, he hasn’t run a whole lot, so I was just trying to give him something to run at, so that’s why I sat on him as long as I could.”
That patience paid off as Devilishly Flaming and Just Happened galloped to the front of the pack. Drinkinandthinkin moved to challenge into the far turn, traded bumps with Just Happened and then drew off under steady urging through the lane.
Drinkinandthinkin was third at the quarter pole and second at the half before taking the lead on the homestretch. Call Me Bubba, under Jose Ranilla, moved from fifth at the quarter pole to third at the top of the straightaway before passing Stick Shift for second.
“When I turned for home, I didn’t really want to move as soon as I did,” Delorme said. “But we had to move somewhere, so I pushed the button (and) he sure went right on with it.”
This was the first time the jockey and horse had been paired in a race.
“That’s the second time I sat on his back and he sure impressed me,” Delorme said. “A young colt like that, for the little amount of experience he has, to run as solid as he did, he’s a runner.
“He still doesn’t know how to run yet, but once he figures it out, he’ll be tough to run from.”
Other winners were Shesafrigidcat in the first race, B B Queen of Scat in the second, Luis Ranilla in the third on Seaside Links and Jose Ranilla, who won two races Friday, aboard Streaking Silver.
There also was a camel race following the second race and a sprint between five ostriches following the fourth race. Jose Ranilla rode the winning ostrich.
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