Csaba nabs third straight stakes victory
|Csaba added yet another romping stakes win to his resume
(Courtney Heeney/Coady Photography)
Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff's Csaba captured his third stakes win in a
row in Sunday's $100,000
Harlan's Holiday at Gulfstream Park but more importantly was able to capture
his first win away from Calder.
"He ran a great race and sat off a decent pace," trainer Phil Gleaves
said. "One thing I noticed is that he didn't change leads in the stretch, so I'm
going to have to work at that. But he ran a good race.
"I was a little bit (nervous about shipping from Calder). He got a little
nervous in the receiving barn, and that's always a concern. He was a bit nervous
in the paddock, as well, and he got a little sweaty out in the post parade. But
it didn't seem to bother him much."
The three-year-old colt broke sharply and saved ground near the rail as he stalked pacesetter I'm Steppin' It Up, who posted fractions of :23 2/5 and :46 3/5. Csaba
made his move just before the three-quarter pole, where he
broke through on the inside to take over the lead and post a split of 1:11.
The Kitten's Joy colt was in tight with a group of three others leading up to
the final turn but shook loose to gain a two-length lead
into the stretch and pulled away for a 3 3/4-length victory. The bay colt
covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43 2/5. With Luis Saez in the
irons Csaba paid $11.20, $5 and $3.20 as the 9-2 third choice despite being
labeled the 5-2 morning line favorite.
Delegation managed to take second while Cash Rules was another 4 3/4 lengths back in
third. Ducduc, 8-5 favorite Scatman, I'm Steppin' It Up and Decaf Again rounded out the order of finish.
Duke of Mischief was eased in the stretch while Citrus Kid was scratched from
Csaba registered his first graded victory in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper
Handicap on November 24 after posting wins in the El Kaiser
and Tropical Park Derby, the latter coming as 14-length landslide when the race
from turf to dirt. He posted his best
finish away from Calder when he was a nose second in the Grade 2, off-the-turf
National Racing Museum Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga, and also placed in the
Grade 3 Palm Beach and Mambo Meister this season. Csaba has earned $312,525 from
a 16-7-1-3 career line.
Gleaves talked briefly about where Csaba might be headed next in his career.
"I wouldn't mind turning him back and run him in the (Grade 3) Hal's Hope (at Gulfstream on January 13), but we'll see."
Csaba was bred in Kentucky by Ken & Sarah Ramsey and hails from the winning
War Chant mare High Chant. Stakes winner and multiple Grade 3 runner-up
Highfalutin is the bay's second maternal dam.
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