Phoenix Stakes 2023: Hoist The Gold was money

Good things (sometimes) come to those who wait and they came at last to Hoist The Gold, who made his stakes breakthrough at the 15th attempt with a gutsy victory in the G2 Phoenix Stakes 2023 at Keeneland on Friday.

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Phoenix Stakes

G2, $350,000, 6f dirt, 3yo+

Gold gives 24-carat display

It has been a long time coming, but Hoist The Gold finally nailed his stakes breakthrough with a hard-fought defeat of the favourite Nakatomi and Bango in the Phoenix at Keeneland on Friday, earning a free pass into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in the process.

Hoist The Gold had run in 14 stakes races without getting his name in lights, but was a fancied 6-1 fourth-choice to end that barren run and he was always in a good spot just behind the pace.

John Velazquez made his move at the top of the stretch and Hoist The Gold went quickly to the lead, and he gamely turned back the posse in the last sixteenth to get home by three-quarters of a length. Keeneland specialist Nakatomi outran Churchill Downs specialist Bango to take the minor honours by a neck.

Phoenix Stakes 2023 Race Video


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“He’s been knocking on the door,” said trainer Dallas Stewart. “It played out perfect and he came home great – we know where we’re going now.”

Straight to California. Hoist The Gold has already shown good form on the Santa Anita strip when third in the 2022 G1 Malibu, his only start at the track.

Phoenix Stakes 2023 Race Payouts

1. Hoist The Gold14.046.864.06
2. Nakatomi 4.043.06
3. Bango  2.80

Winning time: 1m 09.13s

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