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Sweet Reason and Sweet Whiskey Duel for the TVG Acorn Win

Sweet Reason and Sweet Whiskey Duel for the TVG Acorn Win: Sweet Reason and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. win the 84th Running of the Acorn Stakes on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The G1 $750,000 one-mile dirt race for three-year-old fillies was an exciting one as Sweet reason and Sweet Whiskey battled it out until the very end in a thirteen-horse field.

TVG Acorn Sweet reason

Sweet reason and jockey Irad Oriz, Jr. win the TVG Acorn Stakes on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Belmont Park for trainer Leah Gyamati.
Photo: Jay D.

Sweet Reason’s trainer Leah Gyamati was a bit concerned going into the TVG Acorn and saying, “After the Gazelle, I didn’t like how she was looking. I pulled some blood on her. There were little things off, nothing major, probably just wear and tear from the winter. She probably took it harder than I thought she did going into the race. We just did a lot of work on that, lots of vitamins. There wasn’t anything major. This time we had a fair shot with the pace, I thought. I thought that if that was my excuse last time, which I was hoping was my excuse, I thought maybe this time I’d get a chance to see, maybe, a different race set up for her.”

Fiftyshadesofgold led the TVG Acorn pack but Sweet Whiskey and Sweet Reason rallied at the end. Sweet Reason eventually passed up a determined Sweet Whiskey and won the 2014 TVG Acorn by only a half-length. Sweet Reason finished the G1 race in 1:34.98.

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. was happy with Sweet Reason’s performance saying, “I got a perfect trip. Everything turned out perfectly. She broke, I sat, I waited, waited, waited and turned the corner and saved all the ground I could. Then, I got clear and she took off. Very nice.”

TVG Acorn 2014 Results & Payouts:
5 Sweet Reason and Irad Ortiz, Jr. $20.80 to Win, $9.60 to Place, $6.40 to Show
4 Sweet Whiskey and John R. Velazquez $25.00 to Place, $13.00 to Place
7 Unbridled Forever and Joel Rosario $6.40 to Place
Also ran: 3 – Fiftyshadesofgold , 6 – Tiz So Sweet , 2 – House Rules , 8 – My Miss Sophia , 9 – Artemis Agrotera , 1 – Fashion Plate , 11 – Risque Reality , 10 – Lady Paradime , 12 – Vero Amore , 13 – Euphrosyne

TVG Acorn 2014 Replay: