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2013 Withers Stakes day at Aqueduct

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Head Heart Hoof wins the 2013 Toboggan Stakes
Head Heart Hoof wins the the 2013 Toboggan Stakes

Head Heart Hoof wins the the 2013 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct

© Vanessa Ng
Immediately before the Withers, a field of 6 older horses sprinted 6 furlongs in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (G3). Johannesburg Smile was sent off as the 9-5 favorite off his win in an optional claimer where he was claimed by new owner Mike Repole. In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Head Heart Hoof, winner of the Truen Blue Stakes, and 3-1 third choice Mine Over Matter, second in the Turnofthecentury Stakes last out.

Channing Hill sent 11-1 longest shot P J's Magical Wink to the front down the backstretch through an opening quarter in 22.95 before Head Heart Hoof took over on the far turn through a half in 46.44. Head Heart Hoof opened up a 2 length lead in midstretch through 5/8 in 57.69, and held off late-running Johannesburg Smile by 1/2 a length in 1:09.86. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 10-1 Sinai third.

Results Chart from Daily Racing Form

Past winners of the Toboggan Stakes

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