After a raft of retirements, including Blame and Zenyatta after last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, racing is looking for new stars and Tizway could be one.
The well-bred 6-year-old justified his favorite's status with a dominating run through the early stretch in Monday's $500,000, Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont, opening up a daylight lead over 10 rivals. He then coasted home first, 2 3/4 lengths better than Rodman. Caixa Electronica was third and Aikenite fourth in the well-balanced field.
Tizway, a son of Tiznow out of the Dayjur mare Bethany, ran the "Met Mile" in a quick 1:32.90 over a fast track with Rajiv Maragh up for trainer H. James Bond.
The race is a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile – a race in which he finished fifth last year. But Bond is looking higher.
"I'll probably look at the Whitney," he said, referring to the prestigious Grade 1 event Aug. 6 at Saratoga. "It's our home base. We'll back up from the Breeders' Cup and basically start looking backwards and try to find the right spots for him. I know this horse will run a mile and a quarter. It depends on what kind the horses are at the end of the year. You and I all know what can happen."
Winning owner William L. Clinton Jr. added: "This horse has a lot of heart. He's been a very consistent horse for us. Maybe now it's our turn."
In other weekend racing:
Lone Star Park
Another early test in the handicap division ran Monday in Texas as Awesome Gem rallied from well behind the early leaders to win the $300,000, Grade III Lone Star Handicap by 1 length over Flat Out. The odds-on favorite, Game On Dude, faltered in the stretch and finished third. Awesome Gem, an 8-year-old, Kentucky-bred Awesome Again gelding, finished the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.48 with Robby Albarado up.
Wasted Tears wasted no time getting to the wire in Monday's $200,000, Grade III Ouija Board Distaff, jetting off through the lane to win by 5 lengths. Category Seven and Sheer Beauty completed the trifecta. Wasted Tears, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Najran mare, ran 1 mile on the firm turf in 1:34.06 with Julien Leparoux at the controls.
Thirtyfirststreet contested the early pace in Monday's $200,000 Lone Star Derby, and then hooked up in a tight stretch battle before prevailing by a neck over Close Ally. Derby Kitten finished third. The patriotic favorite, Uncle Sam, sadly finished next-last of nine. Thirtyfirststreet, a California-bred Good Journey colt, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.55 with Chris Landeros in the irons.
Dean's Kitten battled his way to the lead in Monday's $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup, led them along at a good clip and held well to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Expansion. Unbridled's Heart finished third. Dean's Kitten, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Kitten's Joy colt, ran the 1 1/16 miles on firm going in 1:40.90 for Leparoux.
Grandacious got a wide trip into the stretch in Monday's $75,000 Cinemine Stakes for 3-year-old fillies but made the best of it, drawing off to score by 1 3/4 lengths over Aide. Floatinpastya finished third. Grandacious, with Cliff Berry up, ran the 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:23.40.
Irish Gypsy closed sharply down the stretch in Monday's $75,000 Valid Expectations Stakes for fillies and mares and was up to win by a head over Cosmo Girl. Tin Top Cat finished third. Irish Gypsy, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Hennessey mare, ran 6 furlongs in 1:10.16 on a fast track with Martin Garcia up for trainer Bob Baffert.
Workforce, winner of the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last year, made a successful and promising start to his 4-year-old campaign Thursday night at Sandown, winning the Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brigader Gerard Stakes by 1 length over pacesetting Poet. It was another 11 lengths back to the third-place finisher, Jan Vermeer. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Khalid Abdulla, Workforce was ridden by Ryan Moore. Sir Michael said he has not yet cemented a next race for Workforce, who was giving 7 pounds to his rivals Thursday and covering just 2,000 meters – less than his optimum distance. However, by picking the Sandown test rather than last weekend's Tattersall Gold Cup at the Curragh, for Workforce's seasonal bow, Sir Michael avoided a potentially premature showdown with Australian champion So You Think. So You Think, now stabled at Ballydoyle, won the Gold Cup easily and now is headed for the Prince of Wales's Stakes on the second day of the Royal Ascot meet.
Orfevre came from off the pace with a wide move to win Sunday's Group 1 Tokyo Yushun, or Japanese Derby, by 1 3/4 lengths over Wind Variation. Belshazzar was far back in third. Orfevre, a son of Stay Gold, now has won three straight stakes races. His victories also include the Japanese 2,000 Guineas. Overall, he has captured four of eight starts. Sunday's race was run over soft turf.
Beaded got home a short head in front of Love Conquers All in Saturday's Gropup 1 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben, breaking a string of six Group 1 defeats. Black Piranha finished 3/4 length farther back in third. Trainer Peter Snowden said he originally feared he would be facing Black Caviar and her regular tormenter, Hay List, in the Doomben fixture.
"But when they came out, we were a little more confident. She's got a great fresh record," he said. "But I deliberately left something in the tank for the Stradbroke."
Mighty High picked up his first Group 1 victory Sunday, winning the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin. Trained by John Moore and ridden by Darren Beadman, Mighty High held on to win by a short head over a persistent Mr. Medici. Viva Pataca finished third in what might have been the final race for the 9-year-old champion.
"He did look a handicap certainty if we could get him to the course in peak condition," Moore said after the race. "But that was a bit closer than we thought … Darren got off and said he thought this would be a perfect horse for the Melbourne Cup," Moore said.
Indian Legend battled down the lane with heavy favorite Tar Heel Mom in Saturday's $250,000 My Juliet Stakes for fillies and mares and would not yield, posting the upset by a nose. It was a long way back to Brilliant Sunshine in third. Indian Legend, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred daughter of Cherokee Run, finished the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.22 with Angel Arroyo riding. Tar Heel Mom came into the race with three stakes wins in six starts since an injury a year ago. For the winner, it was her first stakes triumph and fourth in 12 career starts. Trainer Cynthia Nixon said Indian Legend responded to throat surgery with several good recent efforts. She also was in receipt of eight pounds from Tar Heel Mom.
Pachattack, back from a spring fling in England, is showing promise of becoming a force among U.S. distaffers. The 5-year-old-old Pulpit mare had things all her own way in Saturday's $100,000, Grade III Arlington Matron Stakes, sitting patiently behind the leaders, moving toward the lead midway through the 9 furlongs and drawing off smartly down the stretch. With Florent Geroux providing mild encouragement, Pachattack reported home first, 6 lengths to the good of La Gran Bailadora. Home's the Best got home third. Pachattack finished in 1:49.64 – just 0.34 second off the course record. After starting her career in England, trainer Gerard Butler brought Pachattack to Arlington last year, finishing sixth in the Beverly D. She then detoured to Woodbine before returning home. Reflecting on his mare's development since last year's Beverly D., owner Michael Deegan said: "I think she's definitely stronger and more mature. The Beverly D. wasn't her best race. But she's come along and trained very well. Gerard and the team are doing a smashing job."
Willcox Inn tracked a slow pace over yielding turf in Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Classic for 3-year-olds, moved when asked by jockey Robby Albarado and got home first by 2 1/2 lengths. Suntracer rallied from last of nine to finish second and Extensive was third. Willcox Inn, third in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:49.51. The Kentucky-bred Harlan's Holiday colt was making his third start of the year after a close second in the Grindstone at Fair Grounds and fading, eighth-place showing in the Blue Grass at Keeneland.
"I thought the pace was pedestrian," said winning rider Robby Albarado. "We were walking up the backside. I knew we'd finish up well. It was just a matter if we were going to get by the other horse. He gave me every indication he was ready."
Winter Memories tracked the pace through the early furlongs in Monday's $150,000, Grade II Sands Point Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, easily moved to the lead when allowed to run and went on to win by 3 lengths over Celestial Kitten. Parting Words finished third. Winter Memories, a Kentucky-bred El Prado filly, got the 1 1/16 miles on the firm inner turf course in 1:42.61 with Jose Lezcano in the irons. Said winning trainer Jimmy Toner: "I don't tell Jose what to do. He knows the filly really well and gets along with her."
He said he is pointing Winter Memories to the Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland in October, via the Lake George and Lake Placid during the Saratoga meeting.
Hibaayeb stalked the pace in Saturday's $150,000, Grade II Sheepshead Bay Handicap for fillies and mares, got through on the inside turning for home and worked clear to win by 1 length over Giants Play. Cheetah finished third. Hibaayeb, a 4-year-old, British-bred Singspiel filly from the Godolphin stable, ran 11 furlongs on the firm inner turf course in 2:15.92 with John Velazquez in the irons for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Last yaer, Hibaayeb won the Yellow Ribbon at Hollywood Park before an eighth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
"That's kind of the way we drew it up," said Suroor assistant Rick Mettee. "We thought to lay second in there and save all the ground we could. It really went slow. they really slowed it down a lot. Luckily, the rail opened when it did. It's one of the races where she pulled the ultimate perfect trip."
Gitchee Goomie outfinished Paraiba to win Sunday's $100,000 Mount Vernon Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares by 1/2 lengths. Chorus Music finished third. Gitchee Goomie, a 4-year-old City Zip filly, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:35.36 under Alan Garcia.
Pocket Cowboys made all the going in Sunday's $100,000 Kingston Stakes for New York-breds, withstood some mid-course pressure and edged clear late to score by 1 1/2 lengths over Lubash. Spa City finished third. Pocket Cowboys, a 5-year-old Wild Event gelding, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.38 with Edgar Prado up.
Keertana became the first distaffer ever to take the Louisville Handicap when she won a tight-three way battle to the wire in Saturday's $100,000, Grade III renewal – the 74th running of the fixture. With Jose Lescano up, Keertana prompted the pace set by Guys Reward, slipped past that rival along the hedge turning for home and then scored by a nose over the late-running Bearpath. Guys Reward was just another nose back in third. Keertana, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Johar mare, got the 1 1/2 miles on firm turf in 2:33.61. Winning trainer Tom Proctor said he opted to run Keertana against males rather than ship her away from his Louisville base. He was rewarded emotionally as well as financially.
"If she ran third, that would have been okay," Proctor said. "I was just enjoying watching her fight for it. If you don't enjoy finishes like that, then you're in trouble in this business."
The victory was Keertana's third graded stakes win this year following a third-place finish in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Sassy Image caught Beat The Blues in the final yards to win Monday's $100,000, Grade III Winning Colors Stakes for fillies and mares by a neck. Fortune Play finished third. Sassy Image, with Corey Lanerie up, covered the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.59. The 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Broken Vow filly was coming off a victory in the Humana Distaff on Derby Day.
"She loves this track and she ran good," said winning trainer Dale Romans. "That was a little more work than I expected, but they ran so fast and there's only so fast a horse can run."
Dubawi Heights shadowed pacesetter Celtic Princess through much of Monday's $250,000, Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, came to even terms briefly before the stretch run and then came again late to win by a head. Cozi Rosie finished third as the favorite. Dubawi Heights, a 4-year-old, British-bred Dubawi filly, ran 9 furlongs on firm turf in 1:47.29 with Joel Rosario riding for trainer Simon Callaghan. It was the filly's fourth win in a row.
"Everything we've asked, she's really come well for us, this filly," said Callaghan." "She's really improved and progressed each time."
Callaghan said he is targeting the Beverly D. at Arlington Park in August.
Amazombie bulled through between horses in the stretch run of Monday's $100,000, Grade III Los Angeles Handicap and got home first only to be set down to third by the stewards for the bold move. The ruling advanced Camp Victory to victory and M One Rifle to place money. The 6 furlongs on the all-weather track took 1:08.87. Camp Victory, a 4-year-old, Virginia-bred Forest Camp gelding, was ridden by Joe Talamo. Mike Smith was aboard Amazombie.
"I think it would really have been close if I wouldn't have gotten bumped," Talamo said. "I felt he had a lot of momentum and then he got bumped sideways." Smith did not comment.
Ryehill Dreamer caught pacesetting, odds-on favorite Sidney's Candy on the wire to win Saturday's $150,000, Grade II American Handicap. The Usual Q.T. was well back in third. Ryehill Dreamer, a 5-year-old, Irish-bred Catcher In The Rye gelding, sat comfortably off the pace as Liberian Freighter pushed Sidney's Candy along. When asked by jockey Joe Talamo, he came out in the stretch to commence his winning rally. The final time for the 1 mile on firm turf was 1:33.55. It was Ryehill Dreamer's third win from seven starts in the United States.
"I was so glad that other horse went with Sidney's Candy," Talamo said. "We thought on paper it would be like that, but you never know until it actually happens. It set up great for him today."
Winning trainer Julio Canani said he told owner Marsha Naify, "we're going to win the $5 million race in Dubai (the Duty Free) with this horse. Why not? I'll play everything by ear as far as the Shoemaker Mile."
Givine rallied by Separate Forest in the stretch run of Sunday's $70,000 Great Lady M. Stakes for fillies and mares and won by 1/2 length over that rival. Broken Dreams was another 1/2 length back in third. Givine, a 4-year-old, French-bred Blackdoun filly, ran 6 furlongs on firm turf in 1:08.26 with Joel Rosario up.
Stormy Lord led all the way to upset Sunday's $150,000 (Canadian) Connaught Cup, winning by 3 lengths over Hailstone. Odds-on favorite Grand Adventure was off slowly and couldn't make up any ground but salvaged third in the four-horse field. Macias completed the order of finish. Stormy Lord, a 4-year-old, Ontario-bred Stormy Lord gelding, got the 7 furlongs on soft turf in 1:25.72 with James McAleney riding.
"This horse is just a tremendous competitor," McAleney said. "He likes to win and he loves his job. He's matured and he's come into himself."
Stormy Lord has five wins from 15 starts.
Fifty Proof tracked the pace in Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian) Eclipse Stakes, surged to a substantial lead at the top of the lane and held on late to beat Don Cavallo by 1/2 length. Stunning Stag finished third. Fifty Proof, a 5-year-old, Ontario-bred Whiskey Wisdom gelding, ran the 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:42.56. Justin Stein had the ride for trainer Ian Black. It was the second win in as many tries this year for Fifty Proof after a futile trip to last fall's Japan Cup.
"He's still a big, fairly dumb horse," Black said. "Today he was fine. Before today, we were kind of looking at the King Edward" at 1 mile on the grass on June 25.
"To be perfectly honest, he's always worked well out here (on Polytrack) but I wasn't 100 per cent that he was quite as good on the Poly. But he proved today that it doesn't matter."
Calder Race Course
Motovato tracked the pacesetter in Monday's $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap, took the lead turning into the stretch and held off Mambo Meister in the final furlong to win by 1 length. The favorite, Jackson Bend, was third. Motovato, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred son of Proud Citizen, completed the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:46.48 with Luis Saez in the irons. Motovato had been off for a year before his last start.
"It was tough getting back to where he is now," said trainer Marty Wolfson. "Ideally, I would have gotten another race into him before this one, but he ran very well."
He said the horse will head to Monmouth.
Prize Informant led all the way to a 2 1/4-lengths upset win in Saturday's $50,000 Regal Gal Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Blue Eyed Sweetie put in a late bid to finish second, 1 length better than Bessie M. Prize Informant, a Florida-bred daughter of Marciano, ran the 1 mile on a fast track in 1:42.72 with jockey Hector Barrios slowing things from start to finish.
Pretty Plain Jane led early in Friday's $84,000 Shelby County Stakes for Indiana-sired fillies and mares, took back and then came again to win by 1/2 lengths. Ms. Cat Princess took second with a stretch move and K Lynn also was along late to finish third. Pretty Plain Jane, a 4-year-old Just Plain Joe filly, ran 6 furlongs on a muddy track in 1:11.83 with Orlando Mojica aboard.
Unreachable Star came out to the seven path to reach the front turning for home in Saturday's $84,000 William Henry Harrison Stakes for Indiana-sired horses, then drew clear and won by 2 lengths over Father John. Lawyer Daggett finished third. Unreachable Star, a 7-year-old Unloosened gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.52 with Orlando Mojica in the irons.
Denomination came from off the pace in Monday's $150,000, Grade III Violet Stakes for fillies and mares, split horses late and was just up to win by a nose over Unbridled Essence. La Reinne Lionne finished third. Denomination, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Smart Strike mare, got the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.92.
"Heading into the far turn, she gave me the sensation that all she needed was a hole and she was going to run for me," said winning jockey Joe Bravo. "She was well within herself."
The Violet was Denomination's second graded stakes win for Denomination this year, following the Hillsborough at Tampa Bay.
Ponzi Scheme led from gate to wire in Monday's $75,000 Skip Away Stakes, scoring by 3 lengths over Yummy With Butter. The heavy, odds-on favorite, Christmas for Liam, settled for third. Ponzi Scheme, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Sunday Break gelding, ran the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.04 with Elvis Trujillo up.
Artisanal stalked the pace in Sunday's $72,000 Little Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, split rivals late and got home first by 1 1/2 lengths over Salary Drive. Skating was third. Artisanal, a Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:35.77 with Chris DeCarlo in the irons.
Jehan took the lead early in Sunday's $75,000 Red Cross Stakes for fillies and mares and held it, getting under the wire first by 1 1/2 lengths. Bronx City Girl was second, followed by D'wild Ride. Jehan, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Forest Wildcat mare, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.87 under Joe Bravo.
Crimson China rallied from last of five to win Saturday's $75,000 Lamplighter Stakes for 3-year-olds, getting clear late to finish 1 length ahead of runner-up Beachcombing. J Isle finished third. Crimson China, a Kentucky-bred Giant's Causeway colt, got the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:40.73 with Alan Garcia riding.
Dabnabit was quickly in front in Saturday's $68,650 John J. Reilly Handicap for Jersey-breds, clipped right along and got home first by 1 3/4 lengths over Gunfighter. Hot Skip and Away finished third. Dabnabit, a 6-year-old son of Intibab, covered 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.25 under Pablo Fragoso.
Golden Gate Fields
Uh Oh Bango stalked the pace in Monday's $100,000, Grade III Berkeley Stakes, battled through the lane and wound up with a game victory by a head over late-running Bold Chieftain. Mobilized finished third. Uh Oh Bango, a 4-year-old, Arizona-bred Top Hit colt, ran the 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:44.61 under Aaron Gryder.
King of the Bluegrass came five-wide around the leaders to take charge in Monday's $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap and went on to win by a neck over the favorite, Flamin' Hot. Sneakin Thru finished third. Kingofthebluegrass, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Petionville colt, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:35.82 with Oriana Rossi in the irons.
Kiss Mine pressed the pace in Monday's $75,000 Decoration Day Handicap, came to the leaders three-wide in the stretch and got home first by 1/2 length over Ansong. Spring Party was third. Kiss Mine, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Mineshaft mare, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:35.35 under Willie Martinez.
Wiredfortwotwenty, in from New Mexico, pressed the pace in Monday's $60,000 Prairie Express, cleared turning for home and drew off to score by 3 1/2 lengths over odds-on favorite Native Ruler. Another emigre from the Land of Enchantment, Stephengothisstar, finished third. Wiredfortwotwenty, a 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred Greatness gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.10 with Jake Barton riding.
Ha Ha Tonka, in from Kentucky, set a pressured pace in Monday's $60,000 Prairie Rose Stakes for distaffers, then edged ahead in deep stretch to win by 3/4 length. Smoky Belle pursued all the way and finished second and Tornado Betty got home third. Ha Ha Tonka, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Distorted Humor filly, was clocked in 1:09.85 under Israel Ocampo.
Remit dueled around the track with the favorite, Taptam, then with a final surge put a nose in front to win Saturday's $60,000 Wild Rose Stakes for fillies and mares. Always In My Heart was up to dead-heat Taptam for second and third. Kimber Lily finished fourth. Remit, a 5-year-old, Kentucky-bred Tapit filly, ran the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.02 with Terry Thompson in the irons.
Stachys came from well back to win Saturday's $60,000 Jim Rasmussen Memorial by 1 3/4 lengths over Chicago invader Racing Bran. Shadowbdancing finished third. Stachys, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Candy Ride gelding, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.51 under Derek Bell.
Moonlight Grinder rated off a hot pace in Friday's $75,000 Danzig Stakes for 3-year-old Pennsylvania-breds, took charge in the stretch run and won by 1 3/4 length. Trade Secret also passed the early speed to finish second and Der Meister survived the early duel to finish third. Moonlight Grinder, a Grindstone gelding out of the Deerhound mare Moonlite Hunt, finished the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.82 with Angel Rodriguez in the irons.
Quantum Miss opened a huge advantage early in Friday's $75,000 Wonders Delight Stakes for state-bred 3-year-old fillies, then really jetted off in the stretch to win by 12 lengths. Ann's Smart Dancer chased futilely and beat Lenape Rim by 1 length for second. Quantum Miss, a daughter of Smoke Glacken out of the Valid Expectations mare Quanah County, got the 6 furlongs in 1:08.63 under Jeremy Rose.
Peppi Knows rallied wide into the stretch in Friday's $75,000 Changing Times Stakes, got past the leaders by mid-stretch and went on to win by 3/4 length over Jack On the Rocks. Khan of Khans finished third. Peppi Knows, a 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred gelding by Stephen Got Even, ran 6 furlongs in 1:10.10 with Frankie Pennington up.
Catlaunch looked like a sure thing on paper before Saturday's $50,000 Michael F. Rowland Memorial Handicap for Ohio-breds, having won the event four of the last five years and dominating competition at Thistle. Not so much on the track, where the 10-year-old Noble Cat gelding had all he could handle from 36-1 longshot Beau Mec before finally prevailing by a neck. Ramblin Mike finished third. Catlaunch, with Luis Gonzalez up, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:12.
Pay the Man was all "Winner, winner, chicken dinner" after Monday's $50,000 Angenora Stakes for Ohio-bred fillies and mares. Sent to the post as the heavy odds-on favorite, the 7-year-old Bernstein mare set a pressured early pace, shook clear and won by a comfortable 3 3/4 lengths. Mad Jazz applied the pressure and held on for second, 3/4 lengths better than Pyrite Marcy. Pay the Man ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.34 with Gonzalez up again.
Master Rocket got by pacesetting, odds-on favorite Trophy Boy in the late going to upset Sunday's $50,000 Green Carpet Stakes for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds, winning by 1 length. Ten Martinis finished third. Master Rocket, a Part the Waters colt, finished 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:48.39 with Nathan Solomon riding.
Class Included was slow out of the gate in Sunday's $50,000 Seattle Handicap for 3-year-old fillies but fastest down the lane, winning by 3 lengths over Carrabelle Harbor. Awesome Woman led briefly but finished third. Class Included, a 3-year-old, Kentucky-bred Include filly, finished 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:15.68 with Leslie Mawing up.
Showme Yourfriends rallied with an inside bid in Monday's $50,000 Auburn Hanicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings, seized the lead and held on to win by 1/2 length at 50-1 odds. Winter Warlock was second and Seattle Sniper completed a memorable Memorial Day trifecta. Showme Yourfriends, a Washington-bred Delineator gelding, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:15.05 with Deborah Hoonan-Trujillo up.