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Cone-Espitia Combo Clicks Again And Again At Big Odds
Trainer Rodney Cone and jockey Jorge Espitia, a duo responsible for a major surprise on Sunday’s card at Golden Gate Fields, came right back with two more longshot winners Monday.
Cone and Espitia won Sunday’s fifth race with Hard to Be Humble, an invader from Canada who paid $26.80 after posting a wire-to-wire victory in a one mile race for $4,000 claimers.
Cone and Espitia scored in Monday’s third race with Within Range, who also won in front-running fashion but just barely prevailed in a four-horse photo finish. Within Range paid $35.60 after defeating fellow 16-1 shot Doctor Park by a nose in the six-furlong dash for $5,000 claimers.
Cone and Espitia struck again in the seventh race with 10-1 Bobby Handy, who defeated 9-5 favorite Low Gear Power by a half-length in a one-mile race for $12,500 claimers. Bobby Handy returned $22.00.
Golden Gate Fields will present a special New Year’s Day card Tuesday but don’t look for the Cone-Espitia combination on the nine-race program. Perhaps knowing they’d be flush with money for some serious New Year’s Eve revelry, neither Cone nor Espitita signed up for the holiday program.
Gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 10 a.m. Tuesday and post time is 12:45 p.m.
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