The dramatic victory also earned Chinchon, a 5-year-old son of Marju, an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf this fall at Churchill Downs, should his connections be so inclined. The race was one of many during the long holiday weekend with potential implications for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Chinchon was ridden by Garrett Gomez in the 1 3/8-mile event, contested over firm turf and sponsored by BetFair/TVG. Passing the quarter pole, Gomez got the horse to the outside and he accelerated quickly, easily passing the leaders and outrunning the favorite, Take the Points. Winchester finished third. The race went in 2:11.77.
"I was pretty nervous halfway through the race with how slow the early pace was," said winning trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias. "I knew it would be tough for him to close. This horse doesn't care about the type of ground he's running on, he just runs. He doesn't like to be in between horses, though."
Laffon-Parias said Chinchon will return to Europe. "If we decide to go to the Breeders' Cup," he added, "we'll give him a prep in Europe."
Other races with potential implications for the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf:
-- Dick Turpin, runner-up in three prestigious races in his last three starts, finally broke through with a victory Sunday in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. Dick Turpin, a 3-year-old Arakan colt, sailed past the leaders easily Sunday and went on to win by 4 lengths. He finished in 1:36.30 on "good to soft" going. Siyouni was second, a head in front of Xtension. Lope de Vega, winner of the French 2,000 Guineas and the Prix du Jockey Club in his previous starts, contested the early pace but then faded to finish last of eight. Dick Turpin, on the other hand, had been the bridesmaid in the Stanjames.com 2,000 Guineas, the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and the St. James's Palace Stakes in his last three starts. "Now he's broken his duck, the pressure is off," said winning rider Richard Hughes.
-- Spice Route made his seasonal debut a winning one, rallying from well back to easily capture Sunday's $150,000 (Canadian) Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine. At the wire, the 6-year-old, British-bred King's Best gelding was 3 3/4 lengths better than Solitaire, with Perfect Shower third. Spice Route, trained by Roger Attfield and ridden by Mike Smith, got the 1 1/2 miles on firm turf in 2:26.74. "He ran well, didn't he," said Attfield, also a part-owner. "I thought maybe I was two works short of having him at his very best but he proved me wrong. I knew he'd run well if he was tight enough. I'm very pleased with him. He grabbed a heel really, really badly in Florida and it took a long time to grow in. But he's in fine shape now and hopefully we'll have a great year from here on in." The race's namesake, Singspiel, winner of the 1997 Dubai World Cup, recently died at the age of 18.
-- Global Hunter put a head in front of pacesetting Temple City under the wire in Sunday's $150,000 American Handicap at Hollywood Park but then sustained an ankle injury while pulling up and was vanned off the track. Hyades finished third in the 9-furlong event, timed in 1:48.00 over firm going. Global Hunter, a 7-year-old, Argentine-bred son of Jade Hunter, was ridden by Brice Blanc.
Other potential Breeders' Cup preps during the holiday weekend:
Filly & Mare Turf
Maram trailed the field early in Sunday's $100,000 Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth, then closed strongly in the stretch run to pass them all and win by a head over Strike the Bell. Eye of Taurus was third. Maram, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Sahm filly, ran the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.56 with Jose Lezcano up. Her primary claim to fame is a victory in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. "She settled at the back of the pack," Lezcano said. "and even though they were going slow up front, I wasn't worried. When I asked her in the stretch, she really ran on very well and we were able to nail the other horse at the wire."
Gotta Have Her was a step slow out of the gate in Saturday's $150,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park, trailed the field into the turn and then kicked in. With Tyler Baze riding, the 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Royal Academy mare came alongside the leders at mid-stretch and went by to win by 1/2 length over Burg Berg. U R All That I Am finished third. Gotta Have Her ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.98. "I got shut off really bad right out of the gate," Baze said. "After that I just had to go out there and ride the rest of the race with a lot of confidence. I know she's going to give me what she has."
Mr. Mardi Gras rallied from well back in the field in Wednesday's $200,000 Oliver Stakes for 3-year-olds at Indiana Downs, got to the lead midway down the stretch and held off the favorite, Our Douglas, in the final strides to win by 1/2 length. Our Douglas then was disqualified to sixth for coming out in the stretch. That promoted Hudson Steele and Cherokee Lord to second- and third-place money. Mr. Mardi Gras, a Kentucky-bred Belong to Me gelding trained by Chris Block, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.75 with Eduardo Perez in the irons.
Danzon, claimed out of her last start for $80,000, was up in the last jump of Saturday's $100,000 Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs to prevail in a 6-horse photo finish. Happiness Is, leading in deep stretch, was a nostril back at the key moment and a neck better than C.S. Silk. The favorite, Acoma, trailed by another nose but a nose in front of Keertana. Danzon, under Alex Solis, trailed most of the field early, came wide into the stretch and had the best of the late traffic jam. The 7-year-old, Kentucky-bred Royal Academy mare got the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:37.02. "It was the owner's decision to claim the horse," said winning trainer James Baker. "I asked, 'Who?' and he said it was her, and I said 'Let's go for it.' We're going to Saratoga with her. There are a lot of options for her up there. The astute owner is Alfred H. Nuckols Jr. Acoma's trainer, David Carroll, said he will continue with his plan to take Acoma to the Beverly D. at Arlington Park next month.
Twice Over looked to be an easy winner with a furlong to run in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. But then Twice Over began to coast and longshot Sri Putra came running down the center of the course to pose a threat. Jockey Tom Queally managed to get Twice Over going again in time to win by 1/2 length. Sri Putra finished 1/2 length better than Viscount Nelson with Dar Re Me in fourth at the end. Twice Over, third in last year's Classic at Santa Anita and 10th in this year's Dubai World Cup, ran the 10 furlongs in 2:04.64 over a "good" course. Trainer Henry Cecil said he will "take a look at" the Juddmonte International and the Champion Stakes with an eye toward another shot at the World Cup next spring. Asked about another try at the Breeders' Cup, he said, "At the end of the day, the prince will decide," referring to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah. Twice Over is a 5-year-old, British-bred son of Observatory.
Hold Me Back stayed back of the pace in Thursday's $200,000 (Canadian) Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine, surged to contention turning for home and won a furious battle to the wire by a head over Pool Play. Southdale was well back in third. Hold Me Back, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred son of Giant's Causeway, ran the 1 1/4 miles on the all-weather track in 2:03.65 with Tyler Pizarro up. It was the fourth career win for Hold Me Back and first since a triumph in the 2009 Lane's End Stakes. He finished 12th in that year's Kentucky Derby.
Tizdejavu got the jump on a baker's dozen rivals in Sunday's $175,000 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs, opened a big lead and went on to win by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths. Public Speaker was second and Inca King, always close, finished third. The 2009 Kentucky Derby winner, Mine That Bird, made his turf debut in the Firecracker, was sent to the post as the favorite, and finished eighth. Tizdejavu, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred son of Tiznow, finished the 1 mile on firm going in 1:35.98 under Jesus Castenon. He now has five wins from six starts over the Matt Winn Turf Course, home of this fall's World Championships. "He loves this track and he loves the turns," said winning trainer Greg Fox. "Every horseman's dream (is to go to the Breeders' Cup). This was a key race for the mile race."
Haynesfield got the perfect stalking trip in Saturday's $300,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park and made the most of it. After waiting behind Regal Ransom until midway around the final turn, Haynesfield and jockey Ramon Dominguez easily moved to the lead and extended the advantage to a final margin of 2 3/4 lengths. Convocation gave chase down the stretch to finish second and the favorite, I Want Revenge, also made a late move to finish third. The latter's stablemate and presumed rabbit, Pictural, bobbled at the start and was last of seven all the way around. Haynesfield, a 4-year-old, New York-bred Speightstown colt, ran the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:48.52. "This is a horse who always felt like there was more potential there as a 3-year-old, that he was going to develop into a nice horse," Dominguez said. "But today, he really surprised me, especially the second quarter when we picked it up, he was just there for me." Haynesfield now has won four straight and eight of 11 starts. "He did it the right way," said Toby Sheets, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen. "He needed to step it up, and he did." I Want Revenge was making his first start since April of 2009. He was the morning-line favorite for last year's Kentucky Derby but scratched on the day of the race because of an ankle injury that required surgery. "Our horse ran well," said trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., adding jockey Joe Talamo "said he got a little tired. I thought he ran big. We'll see what happens next time."
A Little Warm, second in the Louisiana Derby in his last start, returned to the races with a victory in an overnight allowance at Delaware Park on Tuesday. Trainer Tony Dutrow said the performance, at less than his peak after the layoff, showed promise. He said owner Edward P. Evans "is looking at the Jim Dandy at Saratoga as his next start." A Little Warm has three wins from eight starts.
Harmonious kicked by Antares World in deep stretch in Saturday's $250,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park and got clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Weekend Magic was third at 60-1 odds and the favorite, City to City, finished fifth. Harmonious, a Kentucky-bred Dynaformer filly out of the Storm Cat mare Jade Tree, ran the 1 1/4 miles on firm turf in 2:01.77 with Martin Garcia aboard. Fifth in her career debut on April 25 on the main track, Harmonious stretched out to a mile on grass for trainer John Shirreffs and defeated maidens on May 16. Her other win prior to the American Oaks came in a first-level allowance at 9 furlongs on June 12. "She showed us a lot," Shiffeffs said. "When she won the allowance race going a mile and an eighth we knew she wanted more distance and thought she could handle more distance. (Saturday's trip) was exactly what we wanted, not to move early. Especially at a mile and a quarter with a 3-year-old filly that hasn't done it."
Upperline pressed the pace set by Chantilly Nayla in Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park, got by easily on the stretch turn and won off by 4 3/4 lengths. Snow Top Mountain was up for second with Dundalk Dust third and Chantilly Nayla fading to finish fourth. Upperline, a Kentucky-bred Maria's Mon filly, got the 9 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:52.13 with E.T. Baird up. She had not raced since finishing fifth in the Ashland at Keeneland in April. "Upperline went to Florida this winter and ran in some really tough turf races," said winning trainer Michael Stidham. "The fact she was competitive in those races should mean a lot for the rest of year. You pick races and try to give horses time to freshen and have them right for the right day."
Discreetly Mine, 13th in this year's Kentucky Derby, rallied by pacesetting Out of Respect in the late going to win Sunday's $200,000 Jersey Shore Stakes for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park by 1 1/4 lengths. Out of Respect held second, 1 length ahead of Safe Trip. Discreetly Mine, a Kentucky-bred Mineshaft colt, finished 6 furlongs in 1:09.71 with John Velazquez up for trainer Todd Pletcher. "He kind of got squeezed coming out of there in the first four or five jumps," Velazquez said, "and I had to encourage him a little bit to make sure he wasn't too far back. Once I pulled him out around the turn, he was on his game."
Signature Red stalked the pace set by Heros Reward in Sunday's $200,000 (Canadian) Highlander Stakes at Woodbine, got to a narrow lead at the top of the stretch and repelled a second effort by Heros Reward to win by a neck. Jungle Wave finished third, 1/2 length farther back. Signature Red, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Bernstein colt, ran 6 furlongs on firm going in 1:08.17 with Chantal Sutherland riding. Heros Reward finished fifth in the 2008 Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Defending Filly & Mare Sprint champion Informed Decision just did get home first in Sunday's $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park. After stalking the quick pace laid down by 33-1 longshot Rinterval, jockey Julien Leparoux roused Informed Decision to the lead in the final 16th and she scored by a head. Rinterval held second, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Secret Kin. Informed Decision, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Monarchos mare, ran the 7 furlongs in 1:24.34. She also won the Chicago last year en route to her Breeders' Cup victory and an Eclipse Award. Winning trainer Jonathan Sheppard said the narrow victory was deceiving. "I think it was a great effort," he said. "She did only win by a small margin but she was giving nine pounds to horses worth half a million dollars. I think the rest of them were a good ways behind."
Fanny Freud rallied to the lead three-wide in Sunday's $250,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park, quickly shook off the competition and won by 1 3/4 lengths over Champagne d'Oro. Bonnie Blue Flag finished third. Fanny Freud, a New York-bred Freud filly, finished the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.11 with Garrett Gomez in the irons. "There was a lot of speed in the race," said winning trainer John Terranova, "But she's fast and Garrett just kind of let her settle into her spot. It looked like she was just waiting to pounce. I know how good she is and I'm glad she got the Grade 1 under her belt, because she deserves it."
Indian Apple Is rallied four-wide around the turn in Thursday's $100,000 (Canadian) Sweet Briar Too Stakes for fillies and mares at Woodbine and drove by odds-on favorite Tribal Belle to win by 3/4 length. Waccamaw finished third. Indian Apple Is, a 4-year-old, Ontario-bred Indian Charlie filly, ran the 7 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:23.64 under Chantal Sutherland.
Gone Astray earned an automatic Breeders' Cup berth with a last-to-first, 5-lengths victory in Saturday's $250,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park. The 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Dixie Union colt, with Cornelio Velasquez up, came around his rivals on the turn and drew off easily, finishing the 1 mile on a fast track in 1:38.02. Gone Astray, a Phipps Stable homebred, is trained by Shug McGaughey. "The pace was so slow, but I was never worried," Velasquez said. He added that when the early leaders started to fade, "I had to swing my horse to the outside. He had so much run I never had a question."
Never mind the Breeders' Cup. The 2011 Kentucky Derby futures book probably got some action Saturday after Kantharos' performance in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes at – oh, gee! – Churchill Downs. The Lion Heart colt stumbled at the start, came to challenge the leaders on the turn and left no doubt early in the stretch, drawing off to win by 9 1/2 lengths, ridden out by Robby Albarado. Kantharos ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.89, picking up his second win in as many starts. He won his first try by 11 3/4 lengths, also under the Twin Spires. "He's not made a mistake and his two races so far have been exciting," said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. "Hopefully we can make some of the right moves with him because he has a tremendous amount of talent. He looked great coming down the stretch and it was such an exciting race." He said he will discuss plans with owner Jess Jackson, adding, "We'll get him out of the weather and move north with him."
Sensational Slam pressed the pace in Saturday's $100,000 Clarendon Stakes at Woodbine, then got by the leader and won by a neck over late-running Naval Attack. Molinaro Handsome finished third. Sensational Slam, an Ontario-bred colt by Grand Slam, ran the 5 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:04.78. Patrick Husbands rode for trainer Todd Pletcher. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay owns the colt, who was making his career debut. "He' a class horse," Husbands said. "He has the breeding. He won the race on the wrong lead, right from the top to the bottom."
Aces N Kings kicked into gear heading into the turn in Saturday's $50,000 Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs, got clear of his rivals straightening out into the lane and drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Brian's Choice and Brickyard Fast completed the trifecta. Aces N Kings, a Texas-bred Jet Phone gelding, ran the "about" 5 furlongs on firm turf in 57.41 seconds under Eguard Tejera.
Verny pressed the pace in Saturday's $75,000 Totah Stakes for New Mexico-bred colts and geldings at Sunray Park, then put his nose in front of Russian Lane under the wire. Running Squall was third, 3 3/4 lengths farther back. Verny, a Gold Case gelding, got 4 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 50.94 seconds with Alfredo Juarez Jr. up.
Toro Bravo battled bravely with Fort Hood throughout Saturday's $115,000 D.S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity at Evangeline Downs, drawing off only at the end to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Fort Hood held second and Amanecer de Oro finished third. Toro Bravo, a Holy Bull gelding out of the Gold Case mare Little Evon, ran the 5 furlongs on a fast track in 58.80 seconds with Kerwin Clark in the irons.
Perfect Curls took charge in the stretch run in Saturday's $50,000 Juan Gonzalez Memorial for 2-year-old fillies at Pleasanton and drew off smartly to win by 5 lengths. The favorite, Sweet Baguette, was second and the pacesetter, Rockin Heather, settled for third. Perfect Curls, a California-bred Perfect Mandate filly, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:04.10 with Michael Martinez up.
Do Dat Blues did the stretch run in Saturday's $50,000 Princess Stakes at Louisiana Downs, rallying from a stalking position to win by 1 length over early leader Dixieland Bull. El Rebecca was third, another neck in arrears. Do Dat Blues, a Louisiana-bred Lydgate filly out of the Rubiano mare Severus, did the "about" 5 furlongs on firm turf in 57.75 seconds with Richard Eramia in the irons.
Full Rigged led a parade of unexpected winners under the wire in Saturday's $117,000 D.S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity at Evangeline Downs, winning by 4 1/4 lengths over Reyina. Four Sixteen completed the $7,917.60 trifecta. Full Rigged, a Lunar Pal filly, finished 5 furlongs on a fast track in 58.50 seconds for jockey Colby Hernandez.
In other weekend racing:
With Queen Elizabeth II in attendance, Big Red Mike made all the going in Sunday's $1 million (Canadian) Queen's Plate, then edged clear in the final furlong to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Hotep chased in second all the way while the filly Roan Inish rallied belatedly to finish third. Big Red Mike, a chestnut Tenpins gelding, finished the 1 1/4 miles on the all-weather track in 2:04.89 under Eurico Da Silva. He became the third straight winner of the Plate Trial to go on to victory in the big race. He now has won three of six career starts. "This will probably be one of the most memorable days of my life," said co-owner Dom Romeo. "I have been 35 years in racing and breeding. I bred this horse, which makes it much more satisfying. Our hopes are always to win the Queen's Plate and the queen being here is magnificent. It's very exciting." The Queen's Plate is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown and trainer Nicholas Gonzalez said Big Red Mike will be set on that journey, with the next leg the Prince of Wales Stakes on July 25 at Fort Erie. "I'm pinching myself to see if this is real," Gonzalez said.
It Tis came out for running room in the stretch drive of Thursday's $60,000 Le Cle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and got by to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Crisp. The early leader, Crisis of Spirit, held third. It Tis, a Kentucky-bred Tiznow filly, finished 1 mile on firm turf in 1:35.38 with David Flores riding.
Kiddari pressed the pace in Friday's $50,000 Roselana Stakes for fillies and mares, got even with pacesetting Vertical Vision a furlong from home, then went by to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Vertical Vision held second by a neck over Be Fair. Kiddari, a 4-year-old Smarty Jones filly, ran the 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:23.50 with Shaun Bridgmohan up.
So Elite sat off the pace in Saturday's $100,000 (Canadian) Charlie Barley Stakes for 3-year-olds, drove to the lead on the outside midway down the stretch and got clear to win by 2 lengths. Pacesetting Stormy Lord held second with R Shining Hope third. So Elite, a Kentucky-bred Pleasantly Perfect colt, ran 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.72 under Jono Jones.
Essence Hit Man hit the ground running in Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian) Achievement Stakes for 3-year-olds, opening up a wide margin and then coasting home first by 1 3/4 lengths over Race for Gold. Doctor Jack was third. Essence Hit Man, an Ontario-bred Speightstown gelding, ran 6 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:10.01 for jockey Chantal Sutherland. Essence Hit Man had been a Queen's Plate hopeful until distance limitations appeared.
That's a Heckofacat came to the lead halfway through Saturday's $75,000 Cleveland Gold Cup for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds, then easily drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Nehru. Busha' finished third. That's a Heckofacat, a Holt That Tiger gelding, ran the 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:55.82 with Scott Spieth in the irons.
Bernie Blue stalked the pace in Saturday's $75,000 Dale Baird Memorial, dueled for the lead through the final furlong and prevailed by 1 length over Piratesonthelake. Ravalo was third. Bernie Blue, an 8-year-old, Florida-bred Bernstein gelding, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:03.63 with Ricardo Feliciano riding.
Timeless Fashion led all the way to a 4-length win over the favorite, Cryptolight, in Saturday's $75,000 Independence Day Stakes. Enon was third, a neck farther back in a four-horse photo. Timeless Fashion, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Sky Classic gelding, ran 1 mile on firm turf in 1:36.23 for jockey James Lopez.
Romacaca drew off in the stretch run to win Saturday's $75,000 Firecracker Stakes for fillies and mares by 5 lengths over Si Si Mon Amie. Musical Brew was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third. Romacaca, a 4-year-old, Florida-bred Running Stag filly, ran 1 mile on the green course in 1:35.85 with Michael Baze in the irons.
Tizsosexy led throughout in Sunday's $100,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap and drew off at the end, winning by 1 1/2 lengths over Guiding Hand. Quiet Again was third. Tizsosexy, a 3-year-old, California-bred Tizbud gelding, ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:51.12 with Enrique Garcia in the irons.
Facil Catana was quickly on the lead in Sunday's $50,000 Frontier Trophy Buckles Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, opened a big lead and held on well to win by 2 3/4 lengths over the favorite, Tornado Betty. I Am Lesters Gal finished third. Facil Catana, a Florida-bred Untuttable filly, ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.59 with Catalino Martinez riding.
Train Rider rallied from last of 10, fought through traffic problems in the stretch and was just up at the end to win Saturday's $75,000 Dine Stakes 3-year-old, New Mexico-bred colts and geldings by a nose over My Picasso. Eightnchangegroom was third. Train Rider, a Desert God gelding, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:16.71 with Joe Martinez up.
Calder Race Course
Dash Dot Dash dashed to the lead in Saturday's $55,000 Emergency Nurse Stakes for fillies and mares and dot was dot. Lacking any serious challenge, the 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Put It Back filly scooted off and won by 6 1/4 lengths. Glotona was second and Even Road finished third. Dash Dot Dash ran the 1 mile and 70 yards on a wet-fast track in 1:43.96 with Jermaine Bridgmohan up.
Wingedlie finally made it to the front in the stretch run of Sunday's $55,000 Finallymadeit Stakes and went on to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Dream Maestro. Cinnamon Road finished third. Wingedlie, a 4-year-old, Florida-bred Winged Foot Willie colt, ran 1 mile and 70 yards on a sloppy track in 1:45.18 under Luis Jurado.
Teide rallied by pacesetting Spaghetti Mouse in the stretch run of Thursday's $55,000 (Canadian) Lieutenant Governor's Handicap and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Spaghetti Mouse salvaged second with Ganbei and Almost Time completing the order of finish. Teide, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred son of Mt. Livermore, completed the 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:49.50 with Chad Hoverson up.
Summer Song came from last to win Thursday's $50,000 (Canadian) Vancouver Sun Handicap for fillies and mares, drawing off at the end to beat Kaweah Princess by 1 1/2 lengths. Summer Song, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred mare by Summer Break, got the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.63 under Mario Gutierrez.
Dearest Princess caught pace-setting favorite Otero in the final strides of Thursday's $50,000 (Canadian) Supernatural Handicap for 3-year-old fillies, scoring by a neck. The winner, a British Columbia-bred daughter of Stephanotis, got the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.54 with Fernando Perez in the irons.
Lee's Spirit raced near the back of the field early in Saturday's $50,000 Barksdale Stakes, came very wide around the turn and rushed to the lead. With Eguard Tejera providing the encouragement, the 5-year-old, Louisiana-bred Leestown gelding got home first, 1 1/4 lengths better than Tortuga Straits. The favorite, Mogumbo Cat, finished third after encountering traffic in the stretch. The 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf went in 1:30.59.
Category Seven came to the leaders on the second turn in Saturday's $50,000 Top Corsage Stakes for fillies and mares, then won a long stretch battle by 1/2 length over Dancin Perfect. Pretty Squall finished third. Category Seven, a 5-year-old, Florida-bred Gulf Storm mare, finished 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass in 1:30.54 under Richard Eramia.
Notoriously got to the front in the stretch in Thursday's $50,000 (Canadian) Chariot Chaser for 3-year-old fillies and held the advantage to the wire, winning by 1 length over Shifty Time. That Voodoo Youdo finished third. Notoriously, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Cherokee Run, got the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:12 4/5 with Tony Maragh riding.
Salt Flat Speed lived up to his name in Saturday's $50,000 (Canadian) Spangled Jimmy Handicap, leading from the first jump and winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Shem. Footprint was third. Salt Flat Speed, a Kentucky-bred Salt Lake gelding, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:37 4/5 with Anthony Salgado up.
Outlaw Dancer stalked the pace in Saturday's $75,000 Caught in The Rain Stakes for state-bred, 3-year-old fillies, then drew clear in the stretch and pulled away to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Lovabull Me was second with Ms. Moscow third. Outlaw Dancer, a Bowman's Band filly, ran 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:23.92 with Rodrigo Madrigal Jr. in the irons.
Alex's Vision rallied from last of five to win Saturday's $75,000 Peppy Addy Stakes for state-bred 3-year-olds by 4 1/4 lengths. Punish was second and Golddigger's Boy finished third. Alex's Vision, an Afleet Alex colt, got the 7 furlongs in 1:22.41 under Jose Carabello.
Clair Annette led from gate to wire in Sunday's $50,000 King County Handicap for fillies and mares, winning off by 5 1/2 lengths over Crocodile Tuff. Gadget Queen was third. Clair Annette, a 7-year-old, Washington-bred Beau Genius mare, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:35.80 with Keven Krigger up.
Run It settled in mid-pack in Sunday's $50,000 Alamedan Handicap, moved to the outside in the stretch run when the rail closed and got by to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Live Sundays. Slew the Man was third. Run It, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Cherokee Run colt, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.19 for jockey Chad Schvaneveldt.
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