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Ivory Rain Scores in Tallahassee Stakes

Gelding by Ivory James holds on for a 12-1 upset.

January 29, 2012

An outside post position proved no obstacle for Ivory Rain, the winner of Sunday’s second running of $22,375 Tallahassee Stakes for 3-year-olds at historic Hialeah Park. Running for owner Aliuska Gonzalez and trainer Eddie Ferreiro with Miguel Martinez up, the gelding broke alertly and surrendered the lead briefly, but roared back in the final yards to beat runner-up Conquistadorable B by a diminishing neck.

Both of the top two finishers were outsiders in the wagering, with the winner sent off at 12-1 and the second-place finisher dispatched at 17-1. Race favorite Cmon Man, who appeared to hop slightly as the gates open, did make the lead but settled for third-place in the race at odds of 3-2.

Ivory Rain (Ivory James – Drifting Shawne Bug, by Shawne Bug) was bred in Kentucky by Keith Renfro. He was timed in :13.255 seconds for the race distance of 250 yards, while earning $13,425 for the winning connections.

Sunday’s 10-race live program drew a family-day crowd estimated at 4,000. The total mutuel handle was $202,425.

There are now just nine days of live racing left in the 2011-2012 season at Hialeah Park. When racing resumes on Friday, February 3, post time will be at 2:05 p.m. It will remain as such for the duration of the schedule.