For Immediate Release: Saturday, June 8, 2013
LIGHTHOUSE BAY IMPRESSIVE IN WINNING JOSTLE STAKES
Under a brilliantly conceived and executed ride by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, Richlyn Farm’s Lighthouse Bay rallied past six rivals to post a convincing two and three-quarter length victory in the $75,000 Jostle Stakes Saturday afternoon at Parx Racing. For the three year-old Speightstown filly it was the second stakes of her six race career and jumped her lifetime earnings to just over $172,000.
Breaking from the inside gate in the seven horse field in the six and a half furlong sprint for three year-old fillies, Lighthouse Bay broke well, but with every horse on her outside also out in good order, Carmouche quickly settled on his strategy. “Mr. Weaver (winning trainer George Weaver) and I wanted to put her in position to make one good run,” remarked Carmouche. “We’d done that over the winter in winning a stake in Maryland. When all the other fillies came charging out of there, I took hold of her and got her to the outside. I didn’t want to stuck down on the inside. We put in her perfect position to make her run and it couldn’t have worked out any better.”
Having been gathered back, Lighthouse Bay was last coming out of the short shoot onto the main track, but guided into the clear on the outside she very quickly and very readily made progress toward the two front runners, Sense of Reality and Dreamingofcarmella as they moved toward the half mile pole. Five lengths back in the opening furlong, Lighthouse Bay was only two back with four furlongs to go. Having moved into the perfect striking position outside the two leaders, Carmouche now bided his time onto and around the far turn, creeping just a bit closer as they approached the top of the stretch.
Knowing it was time to go, Carmouche asked his filly to engage the now tiring leaders just outside the eighth pole and quickly took command. Taking over in the middle of the race track, Lighthouse Bay immediately began to pull away and widened that advantage down to the wire, winning by a clear cut margin of two and three-quarter lengths.
Bet down to 3-5 at post time, Lighthouse Bay paid $3.40, 3.00, and 2.40. Dreamingofcarmella (7-2) stayed on well despite being with a contested pace, proved second best and paid 4.20 and 3.20. Doubled (10-1) rallied late to get up for third and paid 4.00 to show. The final time over a track that had dried to fast was 1:18.40.