Essence Hit Man continues Woodbine roll
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Essence Hit Man got his fifth career stakes win and first graded victory in the Nov. 19 Kennedy Road S. (G3) at Woodbine Racecourse. The 4-year-old son of Speightstown sports an excellent overall mark of 7-4-3 from 18 starts, earning $729,901.

Speightstown is a top 10 North American sire this year, with a dozen stakes winners accounting for 15 stakes wins. Essence Hit Man is his leading earner in 2011.

Essence Hit Man, who was bred in Canada by his owner/trainer Audre Cappuccitti, controlled things from the outset of the $174,000 Kennedy Road. Jockey Jesse Campbell allowed his mount to cruise to a two-length lead after a half-mile in :44.57 seconds, then came home strongly under a steady urging to finish the six furlongs in 1:08.75.

"I had Jesse come back and breeze him after the last race, and I changed the equipment, and said, 'let's see if this will help'," said Cappuccitti. "He (Campbell) came back and said it really worked. He had a tiny bit more control. It's not that he's (Essence Hit Man) tough, he just wants to go and if you try to strangle him, it just doesn't work."

"He really let me ride him today and at the end of the race it was a real big difference," said Campbell. "When I hit the middle of the backside, I knew this was really setting up good for me. When he heard those horses coming going into the half, he just smoothed out and picked up a little bit. I knew I had a ton of horse at the five-sixteenths pole. I thought about really asking him to run, before I ended up asking him, to try and just open up, but I saved him for another sixteenth of a mile and he really responded when I asked him."

The final time of the Kennedy Road was just off the track record of 1:08.16 set by Essence Hit Man on April 16 in the $175,000 Jacques Cartier S. All five of his stakes wins have come at Woodbine. His dam, El Prado Essence, was a two-time winner of a pair of Woodbine stakes: the George C. Hendrie H. (G3) and the Seaway S.
Well Humored sets stakes record in Wayward Lass S. title=
Distorted Humor

Well Humored sets stakes record in Wayward Lass S.

Well Humored gave WinStar Stablemates Racing LLC a huge thrill with her record-setting performance in Saturday's $50,000 Wayward Lass S. at Tampa Bay Downs...

[read more]

Paynter colt takes maiden special weight in 2018 debut title=
Paynter

Paynter colt takes maiden special weight in 2018 debut

Briny Marlin emerged from a wall of horses at the top of the Gulfstream Park stretch to get his first career win in a six-furlong maiden special weight race on Jan. 20...

[read more]

Speightstown's Almond Roca takes $125,000 Gasparilla S. for second straight stakes win title=
Speightstown

Speightstown's Almond Roca takes $125,000 Gasparilla S. for second straight stakes win

Almond Roca made her first start of 2018 a winning one on Jan. 20 at Tampa Bay Downs with a hard-fought one-length score in the $125,000 Gasparilla S...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt makes remarkable comeback in maiden special weight score title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt makes remarkable comeback in maiden special weight score

Pepe Tono bested a field of top-class maiden 3-year-old colts with a extraordinary performance in a one-mile maiden special weight affair Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park...

[read more]

Comicas surges to take Meydan's Dubawi S. (G3) title=
Distorted Humor

Comicas surges to take Meydan's Dubawi S. (G3)

Comicas, a 5-year-old son of Distroted Humor, collared Muarrab (GB) in the final furlong en route to a 1 1/4-length win in the $175,000 Dubawi S. (G3) at Meydan Racecourse...

[read more]

First foals by G1 winner Outwork born Jan. 14 title=

First foals by G1 winner Outwork born Jan. 14

WinStar Farm’s Outwork, the Grade 1-winning son of Uncle Mo, sired his first two reported foals only an hour and a half apart late Sunday, Jan. 14th when both a colt and a filly were born...

[read more]

Super Saver's Mourinho dominates Smarty Jones S. title=
Super Saver

Super Saver's Mourinho dominates Smarty Jones S.

Mourinho, a 3-year-old Super Saver colt, left little doubt who was the best 3-year-old in Monday's $150,000 Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn Park, cruising to a 3 1/4-length front-running score...

[read more]

Inside Straight's class prevails in Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile title=
Super Saver

Inside Straight's class prevails in Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile

Super Saver's graded stakes winner Inside Straight made his 2018 debut on the turf on Jan. 13 and came away with a well-earned victory in the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile H...

[read more]

Congrats' Stronger Than Ever collects first stakes win in Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds title=
Congrats

Congrats' Stronger Than Ever collects first stakes win in Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds

Stronger Than Ever, making her 3-year-old debut, bested Wonder Gadot by a neck in a thrilling edition of the $150,000 Silverbulletday S. Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds...

[read more]

First foal is a filly for 3-time G1 winner Exaggerator title=

First foal is a filly for 3-time G1 winner Exaggerator

WinStar Farm’s Exaggerator, the 3-time Grade 1 multimillionaire and Classic-winning son of Curlin, sired his first reported foal Saturday, Jan. 13th when a bay filly was born at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, NY...

[read more]