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Saturday, October 08, 2011 |
A patient horse and rider turned a crowded trip into a half-length win for Headache in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup H. (G2) Oct. 8 at the Chicago, Illinois track. Headache, who won the Grade 3 Cornhusker H. in April, is one of a dozen stakes winners, with 17 stakes wins, by his sire Tapit. The Gainesway stallion has over $8.2 million in progeny earnings this year, and is very close to the top spot on the 2011 General sire list.

Headache was reserved toward the rear of the 10-horse field while saving some ground to the far turn and advanced between foes under reserved handling. Winning rider Paco Lopez set his mount down for the drive, and the 5-year-old gray responded determinedly to finish the 1 1/4-miles in 2:04.68.

"I had a little trouble around the five-eighths,'' Lopez said. ``I had to wait a little. I also saw a couple of horses waiting on the inside. But once we got clear around 4 1/2 furlongs out, I went after it. I saw (Where's Sterling) and (Giant Oak) coming along with Cease, but I was able to hold them off.''

Headache is out of Pamric, who has also produced the stakes-placed White She Devil. Headache was bred in Kentucky by Dr. J. K. and Linda Griggs.

The Gold Cup victory was his eighth lifetime win in 26 starts. He earned a $300,000 payday and has now banked $768,398.