Battening down victory

Close Hatches breaks on top, fends off On Fire Baby

Posted: April 12, 2014 at 3:25 a.m.

Close Hatches, with Joel Rosario aboard (right), crosses the finish line to win the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs by 1¼ lengths, preventing On Fire Baby (second from left) from winning the race for a second consecutive time. Stanwyck (left) finished third.

All class. Heavily favored Close Hatches recorded her third career Grade I victory with a comfortable 1¼ -length front-running victory under Joel Rosario in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares Friday afternoon at Oaklawn.


Jockey Joel Rosario strokes the mane of Close Hatches after winning Friday’s running of the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn... (By: Stephen B. Thornton)

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