Houghton scores a stakes win, Hendriks and Motion have winners
- December 8, 2019
- By SARA CAVANAGH
LAUREL, Md.--Bernie Houghton saddled Barlar, LLC's homebred Vault to win the $100,000, 1 1/16 miles Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes for fillies and mares 3 years old and up at Laurel Park on Nov. 30.
She was born at our farm," said Houghton, referring to his mother Betsy's Sylmar Farm in Christiana, Pa. "She's a half-sister to Mirth, who ran in the Breeders' Cup earlier this year."
By Jump Start out of Di's Delight, by French Deputy, 3-year-old Vault stalked the pace, took command in upper stretch and drew way to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Jehozacat, with Trolley Ride, also trained by Houghton, third.
In scoring her first stakes win, Vault has now run her record to five wins, four seconds and one third from 13 starts and has earned $188,614, but she didn't win for the first time until her fifth race.
"Like all Jump Starts, she was just a little slow in getting started," said Houghton. "But now, she just keeps getting better. She's a nice filly and nice to train, although she's a little strong galloping. She's down in Florida, in Ocala, now for a couple of months rest."