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Manicero Wins Jack Price Juvenile Impressively

Tags: Carry Back, Florida Million, Jack Price, Jr., Leo Azpurua, Manicero, Motin, Ribo Bobo, Sr., Racing News | November 13, 2010

Following are quotes from the connections of Leo Azpurua, Sr.'s 2-year-old colt Manicero, winner of the $125,000 Jack Price Juvenile at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13 - Florida Million Day:

Winning trainer's quotes:
Leo Azpurua, Jr. - "My father was breaking this horse as a yearling and I used to train for the breeder Mr. (Roberto) Sanson. My father really liked him and asked if he was for sale and was able to buy him privately. We had very high hopes for him from the beginning and expected him to run big in his first start like he did the second time. Unfortunately, he had some gate issues that day and was virtually eliminated (finished third, placed fourth). I have to give the gate crew a lot of credit for working with him after that and got him straightened out. We think he is a very special horse. We'll nominate him in several spots, including the Spectacular Bid early in the Gulfstream meet."

(Note: The Jack Price trifecta was a family affair for the Azpurua family as Leo Azpurua, Sr.'s brother Manny sent out Ribo Bob and Motin to finish second and third, respectively.)

Winning jockey's quotes:
Luis Saez- "After I rode this horse the first time, I suggested we put blinkers on him; he was just a little bit green that day.  It turns out they improved this horse more than I expected.  He broke a little bit slower than I thought he would, but he got in stride quick enough and once he did it was all over. They weren't going to catch him today."

Top three finishers and payouts:
1st         Manicero          $6.20    $4.00    $3.20

2nd        Ribo Bobo                     $3.20    $2.80

3rd        Motin                                        $5.40

Running time - 1:25.77

About Jack Price:
The breeder, owner, and trainer of Carry Back, winner of the 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Jack Price was a popular horseman with a modestly bred champion nicknamed the "People's Choice."  Carry Back was his biggest success story, but Price also trained other stakes winners, including Rumble, Bang Up and Stay Smoochie.  With some of Carry Back's earnings, Price started the Dorchester Equine Preparatory School in Ocala, where young horses were prepped for racing.  During his career, Price also served as a member of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.  He died at the age of 87 in a Miami hospital in June 1995.