Japanese star Orfevre just missed in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe through a combination of supremely testing ground, a wide trip, a determined opponent and, possibly, a bit of a premature move to the front. For Solemia, the ground was the same but everything else was opposite and she parlayed those factors into an unlikely win.
With Christophe Soumillon up for trainer Yasutoshi Ikee, Orfevre started from the outside post in a field of 18. The ground was rated "heavy" after rains that pelted Longchamp from midweek through Saturday.
Orvefre raced in mid-pack through much of the race, while Olivier Peslier saved ground along the rail aboard the lightly regarded Solemia near the front of the field as Ernest Hemingway led through the first mile. When the field turned for home, Solemia was near the lead, while Orfevre was forced to go widest of all as he unleashed a mighty burst of speed.
Quickly, Orfevre ran by the leaders to the front. But then, equally quickly, he drifted in toward the rail, appearing to lose momentum. That was all the advantage Solemia needed. Peslier went to work with the whip and Solemia responded, regaining the advantage in the final few yards as Orfevre was done just a bit too early.
The 1 1/2 miles went in 2:37.68, some 13 seconds slower than last year's time.
The other well-backed runners, including Camelot, St Nicholas Abbey, Shareta and Sea Moon, never figured in the running of Europe's most prestigious race. Last year's winner, Danedream, was caught in a quarantine in Germany and not able to defend her title.
Solemia came into the Arc off a third-place finish in the Prix Vermille, a race won by Shareta. She now has five wins, three second and two thirds from 13 career starts for owner/breeders Wertheimer & Frere.
While critics said Soumillon moved Orfevre to the lead too soon, Ikee did not fault his riding, saying Soumillon "rode a perfect race. But it was unlucky because the other horses slowed down so quickly he passed them very quickly and then was the target for the winner."
Camelot, winner of two-thirds of the British Triple Crown, finished seventh and was never involved in the outcome. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said he lost at least two shoes in the running of the Arc. Part-owner Derrick Smith said Camelot is likely to remain in training next year.
Sea Moon finished eighth, not liking the going, and owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said the prince will decide whether to send Sea Moon on to the Breeders' Cup for what promises to be firmer going at Santa Anita in four weeks' time.
Other weekend races in Paris:
Cirrus des Aigles, making his first start since May, was an easy winner in Saturday's Group 2 Prix Dollar, setting him up for a showdown with Frankel at Ascot in the Champion Stakes in two weeks' time. With Olivier Peslier up, the 6-year-old Even Top gelding sat behind the leaders, took over in the final quarter mile and won by 9 lengths over his closest competition, Hunter's Light. Saga Dream was third. The 1 1/4 miles on heavy going took 2:07.95. "That'll put him spot on for Ascot and Frankel," said winning trainer Corine Barande-Barbe.
Zinaaba came out to find running room late in Saturday's Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein, got to the lead with 50 yards to run and scored by 3/4 of a length over Dux Scholar. Evaporation finished third Zinaaba, a 7-year-old gelding, ran the mile on heavy turf in 1:44.49.
In Sunday's Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere for 2-year-olds, Olympic Glory found running room in the final furlong, shrugged off the heavy going and got home first by 1 1/4 lengths over What a Name. Indian Jade finished third. With Richard Hughes up for trainer Richard Hannon, the Irish-bred Choisor colt finished the 7 furlongs in 1:25.73. Hannon said the Breeders' Cup is unlikely for Olympic Glory and that, with a good string of 2-year-olds, he might be pointed next year for the French Guineas rather than the English equivalent. His only loss in five starts was a second to Artigiano in the Group 2 Conventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Silasol made all the going in Sunday's Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac for 2-year-old fillies, then held on at the end to win by a pair of heads over Topaze Blanche in second and Alterite in third. Silasol, a Monsun filly, ran 1 mile in 1:44.62 with Olivier Peslier in the irons.
Ridasiyna got past Izzy Top in the final sixteenth to win Sunday's Group 1 Prix de l'Opera for fillies and mares by a half length. Izzy top just held second by a short neck over Giofra. Ridasiyna, a 3-year-old Aga Khan homebred, won her first three races but then got home fifth in her last previous start, the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville in August -- a 10-furlong effort in which she led in the stretch run before tiring. Obviously liking the heavy ground, she completed the same distance Sunday in 2:11.13.
Whiz Kid got the home team off to a great start in Sunday's first Group 1 race at Longchamp, the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp for 2-year-olds and up at 5 furlongs. Whiz Kid, with Gerald Mosse up for trainer Robert Collet, advanced from the rear echelon of the 18-horse field and was going best of all at the wire. Although he officially won by a neck, he was advancing rapidly and a clear winner. Mayson came to the lead in the final furlong and just failed to last. Hamish McGonagall was always close and finished third, another 1/2 length back. Whiz Kid, a 4-year-old son of Whipper, was winning for the fourth time in 14 career starts. He did finish second to Moonlight Cloud two starts previous to the Abbaye -- but 5 lengths in arrears of that star sprinter.
Back amid the final preparations for next month's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita:
Saturday's $500,000, Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup lost its prospective pacemaker, Nate's Mineshaft, to a late scratch and the result was a slowly run race. But that didn't prevent Pool Play from rallying from last to first down the long stretch to win by a half length over Cease. Eldaafer was third. The favorite, Alternation, took the lead from the start and held it through the first 6 furlongs but then folded and finished last of six. Pool Play, with Miguel Mena up for trainer Mark Casse, finished the 1 1/4 miles on a fast track in a tardy 2:06.36, picking up his second Grade I win and moving his career earnings well north of the $1 million mark. "He loved the long stretch here," Mena said. "He just keeps coming. He had a good trip, even though the pace was slow. When we got to the three-eighths pole, I was pretty excited." Pool Play, a 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy, won the Grade I Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs in June of 2011, then was off for more than a year with a gimpy tendon. He finished third in the Grade III Washington Park Handicap over the Arlington Park all-weather track in his last previous start.
Neck 'n Neck rallied extremely wide into the stretch in Saturday's $500,000, Grade II Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park, got by pacesetting Fed Biz and then outfinished Bourbon Courage to win by a length. Fed Biz held third. Neck n' Neck, a Flower Alley colt who has been knocking on the door all year, ran the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.71 under Brian Hernandez Jr. He finished sixth in the Grade I Travers in his last start with an unfortunate trip but was a good second to Alpha in the Grade II Jim Dandy before that. He now has four wins and two thirds from 14 starts.
In Lingerie got to the lead at the top of the lane in Sunday's $500,000, Grade I Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland and got clear to win by 2 lengths. Mystical Star was second and Upperline finished third. Aruna got a wide trip and finished a respectable sixth. In Lingerie, a 3-year-old Empire Maker filly taking on older rivals, ran the 9 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:49.42 with John Velazquez up for trainer Todd Pletcher. She has never finished out of the money in seven starts, winning four times. The victory earned her a place in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic but Pletcher noted after the race In Lingerie seems to prefer the all-weather surfaces. He said he will consider the Breeders' Cup, adding, "She's the kind you could consider a couple of races with."
Grace Hall rebounded nicely from a dismal run in the Grade I Alabama at Saratoga to win Saturday's $200,000, Grade II Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park as the odds-on favorite. With Brian Hernandez Jr. picking up the mount from Javier Castellano, Grace Hall shadowed pacesetting Eden's Moon through three-quarters of a mile, took over the lead and wasn't challenged thereafter. She drew off under a hand ride, winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Wine Princess. Eden's Moon held third. Grace Hall, an Empire Maker filly, ran the 1 1/16 miles on a good track in 1:41.85.
There always was something a little odd about Saturday's $400,000, Grade I Jamaica Handicap on the Belmont Park grass, what with Dullahan going off favored despite never having won on the green course. And the finish lived up to the billing, with a pair of double-digit long shots, King David and King Kreesa, finishing 1-2. Summer Front was up for third and Dullahan ran a dull race, finishing fifth. King Kreesa led the way but was caught late by the other king, who finished the 9 furlongs on good going in 1:52.91 with Rosie Napravnik up. Pearl Hagadorn, assistant to winning trainer Mike Maker, said Maker claimed King David (for $35,000) because, " He looks for an athlete that he thinks can improve with his program, and he's brilliant at it. And then, Rosie put up a great ride." Dullahan's rider, Joel Rosario, said the Pacific Classic winner "was fine early. And when I rode him, he tried to pick it up. Maybe it's a little slippery" on the good turf.
Wise Dan continued his winning ways without too much trouble in Saturday's $750,000, Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, charging to the lead after a pace-stalking trip and then clearing the field to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Wilcox Inn was second and Slip and Drive added value to the trifecta, finishing third at 100-1 odds. You seldom see a $2 tri payoff of $1,927.80 with an odds-on favorite on top. Wise Dan, a 5-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding, finished in 1:34.94 with Jose Lezcano up. Silver Max, who had a six-race winning streak snapped in the Grade I Secretariat, again faded from the lead Saturday and finished ninth. Wise Dan now has five wins in his last six starts -- a skein broken by a second-place finish to Ron the Greek in the Grade I Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. Since Wise Dan runs on anything, trainer Charlie Lopresti said he's unsure where he will wind up in the Breeders' Cup races. "We'll lean toward the Mile," He said. "But we won't rule out the Classic. Listening to everybody talk, I think he deserves to run in the Classic. I just watch those races at Santa Anita. Maybe that track's a little bit loose. It doesn't seem like it was as tight as it was – just to me, anyway." He said a loose track at Churchill Downs may have cost Wise Dan the win in the Stephen Foster. "We've got some options, anyway," he added.
Tapitsfly wound up on the outside in the stretch run of Saturday's $350,000, Grade I First Lady Stakes at Keeneland but got the job done, winning by 1/2 length over Daisy Devine. The favorite, Hungy Island, was well back in third and Summer Soiree finished fourth. Tapitsfly, a 5-year-old Tapit mare, got the mile on firm turf in 1:35.44 under Lezcano and left trainer Dale Romans with a pleasant dilemma. "She's going to have one or two more starts left so we've got to pick some place that's going to count," Romans said. "The Breeders' Cup is tough because for the fillies, she has to run so far [1 1/4 miles in the Filly & Mare Turf] unless we decide to put her in against the colts [in the Mile]. But we've done sillier things."
Obviously went right to the lead in Saturday's $150,000, Grade II Arroyo Seco Mile at Santa Anita (formerly the Oak Tree Mile), then held off Japanese shipper Trailblazer in the final yards to win by a half length. Mr. Commons was another half length back in third, followed by Kettle Corn and Midnight Interlude. Obviously, a 4-year-old, Irish-bred Choisor gelding, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:31.95, missing the 5-year-old course record by 0.06 second. Joe Talamo rode for trainer Mike Mitchell. Obviously has won six of 11 starts and has not run out of the money since finishing sixth in his first race in Ireland. "It was a good horse race," winning trainer Mike Mitchell said. "He needed to perform like this today to consider the Breeders' Cup with him. But now, why not?" Trailblazer's jockey, Yutaka Take, said, "The race went OK. The distance was too short but it was a good race to set up for the next one" -- the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Coil took the lead early in the stretch run in Saturday's $250,000, Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship, formerly the Ancient Title, and held off Capital Account to win by a head. Jimmy Creed was third and the favorite, defending Breeders' Cup and Eclipse Award champion Amazombie finished a close fourth. Coil, a 4-year-old Point Given colt, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.89. "It's a great opportunity to get this horse back and I did my job," winning rider Martin Garcia said. Amazombie's trainer, Bill Spawr, said jockey Mike Smith reported Amazombie "needed the race. He said watch him next time. He should be 5 lengths better."
Sum of the Parts put it all together in Friday's $176,000, Grade III Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix at Keeneland, leading all the way to a 1 1/4-length victory. Noble's Promise was next with Laurie's Rocket third. Aikenite was fourth and the favorite, Doctor Chit, finished fifth after some bumping out of the gate. Sum of the Parts, a 3-year-old Speightstown colt, ran the 6 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:09.88 for jockey Julien Leparoux. Trainer Tom Amoss noted Sum of the Parts finished second at Belmont three weeks ago after a layoff. "But it probably was a blessing," he added. "I think it got him ready for this race." The win carries an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Asked about that, Amoss said with a laugh, "That is the day of the Alabama-LSU football game. So we'll have to talk about it a little bit." See you at Santa Anita, Tom.
Filly & Mare Sprint
It's not the most likely final Breeders' Cup prep for a defending champion but Musical Romance got a nice workout in winning Saturday's $55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial at Calder Race Course. In a hand ride, the 5-year-old Concorde's Tune mare got by pacesetting Golden Mystery late and won by 3/4 of a length, getting 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:17.13 for jockey Juan Leyva. She had finished third last time out in the Grade II Gallant Bloom at Belmont and trainer Bill Kaplan felt she needed one more race before returning to the Breeder's Cup. Saturday's race, he said, was "not a race where I worry about her winning, or about whether the distance is right, or about the other fillies and mares that are going to run. I'm just trying to get my horse back to the Breeders' Cup in the best shape possible."
Groupie Doll took her time in Saturday's $200,000, Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland, quickly went to the front when cued by jockey Rajiv Maragh and raced clear in the final furlong, winning by 6 1/2 lengths as the odds-on favorite. Strike the Moon circled rivals and was up for second with Honey Chile taking show money. Groupie Doll, a 4-year-old Bowman's Band filly, completed the 6 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:09.21. It was her fourth straight win, despite a break from May until September, all in graded stakes and over both dirt and synthetic tracks. Her only off-the-board finishes in 15 career starts came in two misguided turf starts. "She came into form again," winning trainer Buff Bradley said of the schedule he laid out leading to the Breeders' Cup. "Sometimes when you give them time off like that you don't know if they're going to come back as strong. But she sure has."
Rumor won a three-way scramble to the wire in Sunday's $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita, reporting home a half length better than Great Hot. Lady of Fifty led much of the way and finished third, a length further back. Winding Way was fourth and last, way back. Rumor, a 4-year-old Indian Charlie filly, ran the 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:17.47 with Mike Smith aboard and trainer Richard Mandella said he will consider the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare sprint for her.
Bridgetown rallied three-wide to the lead late in Saturday's $150,000, Grade III Woodford Stakes at Keeneland and went on to score by a length over Great Mills. Chamberlain Bridge finished third. Bridgetown, a 5-year-old son of Speightstown, finished the 5 1/2 furlongs of firm turf in 1:02.55. Almost always in the money, Bridgetown won for the second straight time following a victory in the $100,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga. "I took my time on the backside," winning jockey Javier Castellano said. "They went pretty fast in the first quarter mile. He settled beautifully behind the leaders and when I asked him he responded so well. He got it done."
Shanghai Bobby proved he's the class of the East Coast 2-year-olds with an easy, 5-length victory in Saturday's $400,000, Grade I Foxwoods Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. After shadowing Goldencents through the early going, Shanghai Bobby challenged around the turn, led into the stretch and won in a vigorous hand ride by Rosie Napravnik. Goldencents held second and Fortify was third. The one-turn mile went in 1:35.55. Shanghai Bobby now is undefeated in four starts, including the Grade II Three Chimneys Hopeful at Saratoga. "He was taking me to the lead before I wanted to go," Napravnik said. "But he was full of it and did it as easy as could be." Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled half the six-horse field, added, "The one thing we felt Shanghai Bobby had going for him coming into the race was seasoning. Those three starts, sometimes, are really important." Part-owner Jack Wolf said after the race he is not a fan of sending 2-year-olds to the Breeders' Cup but no decision has been made about Shanghai Bobby's future.
Joha led a dozen rivals a merry chase in Saturday's $400,000, Grade I Dixiana Futurity at Keeneland, then showed no quit in the stretch, winning by a length over Dynamic Sky. Java's War was shut off trying to get between the leaders and settled for third, then lost an objection after a lengthy look by the stewards. Joha, a Johar colt, ran the 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:44.52 with Rajiv Maragh up. Joha has improved steadily for trainer Mike Maker, now showing three wins, two seconds and a third in six starts -- all on grass and all-weather courses. Maker said the post position dictated the tactics. "He was going to be forwardly placed no matter what post position he drew. But from the one hole, it kind of made it a no-brainer," he said.
River Seven tracked the early pace in Sunday's $200,000 (Canadian), Grade III Grey Stakes at Woodbine, got by entering the stretch and went on to win by 3/4 of a length over Tesseron. Indiano Jones finished third and previously undefeated odds-on favorite Uncaptured finished fifth after getting the worst of some traffic issues. River Seven, a Johannesburg gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:43.98 under Eurico Da Silva. He had finished behind Uncaptured in two of his previous races. "He broke sharp," said Da Silva, of River Seven. "He was ready. He sat very close to the lead. My horse never stopped kicking in. He's a very, very nice horse."
Vegas No Show showed up at just the right time in Saturday's $75,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park, putting a nose in front of Keep the Canoli under the wire. Outhaul finished third. Vegas No Show, a Hard Spun colt, ran 1 mile and 70 yards on a fast track in 1:43.71 with Ricardo Feliciano aboard for trainer Kelly Breen. It was his first stakes win. He now is 2-for-4.
Fury Capcori took charge in the stretch run in Saturday's $75,000 Charlie Palmer Futurity at Fresno and drew clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Condiment. My Best Bet worked out if you had him to show. Fury Capcori, a Tiznow colt out of the Go For Gin mare Gin Running, ran the 1 mile on a fast track in 1:37.63 with Russell Baze riding for Jerry Hollendorfer.
Balance the Books broke poorly in Sunday's $150,000, Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and raced at the back of the field until the top of the stretch. Then, with some urging from jockey John Velazquez, he began to gobble up ground and just got up in time to win by a nose over Really Sharp. The latter, who veered sharply outward at mid-stretch, was set down to fourth. That elevated Brown Almighty and Sonofasamurai to second and third, respectively. Balance the Books, a Lemon Drop Kid colt out of the Seeking the Gold mare Kreisleriana, got the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.15. "This horse is getting bigger and stronger, and it's on to the Breeders' Cup," winning trainer Chad Brown said.
Merit Man pressed the pace in Saturday's $100,000 Tim Conway Stakes, formerly the Jack Goodman, at Santa Anita, went by early leader South Floyd and on to win 5 1/2 lengths. No Rachmones was third and the favorite, Scherer Magic, got home last of five. Merit Man, a With Distinction colt, finished the 6 furlongs in 1:10.56 with Patrick Valenzuela in the irons. He came into the race after winning at first asking during the Del Mar meet. Winning trainer Robert Hess Jr., asked what instructions he gave to Valenzuela, said, "Pat Valenzuela? He's older than me. I don't have to tell him." He said the Breeders' Cup is a likely next start for Merit Man.
Dreaming of Julia, the prohibitive favorite, had all she could handle in winning Saturday's $400,000, Grade I Frizette at Belmont Park by a head over My Happy Face. The two battled down the stretch before the outcome was decided. Toasting was 10 3/4 lengths farther back in third and the only other runner, Nancy O, was distanced and eased. Dreaming of Julia, by A.P. Indy out of the Wild Rush mare Dream Rush, got the mile on a fast track in 1:37.10 with John Velazquez up. She remains undefeated in three starts. With the scratches taking the race down to four starters, "it turned into a virtual match race," said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. "Most match races, the speed horse has the edge, so we had to kind of take it to her a little bit." He said he hopes to move along to the Breeders' Cup. "We were looking at today as a prep, so we hope she comes out of it well."
Spring in the Air overcame some traffic issues and a wide trip into the stretch and went on to win Friday's $400,000, Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland by 1a length. Broken Spell, a 21-1 long shot, put in a big late run to finish second and Magical Moon was third. Spring in the Air, a Spring at Last filly out of the Unbridled mare Unbridled Run, got the 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:44.33. Patrick Husbands rode. "She's just pure class," winning trainer Mark Casse said. "A lot of the other fillies were getting upset in the paddock but it didn't bother her at all. Patrick has ridden almost 1,000 winners for me. He had a ton of confidence in her and rode her like he did. It took that to let her drop back that far and then make a run. She's got a pretty good surge to her when you hit the gas."
Spring Venture took the lead in the stretch run in Sunday's $200,000 (Canadian), Grade III Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine and rolled home a 1 1/2-length winner over Seaneen Girl. Every Way finished third. Spring Venture, a Spring at Last filly, got the 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:46.74. She remained undefeated in three starts, including the Natalma Stakes two weeks earlier, which earned her a "Win and You're In" berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Like Spring in the Air, Spring Venture is trained by Casse and was ridden by Husbands. "It's a great feeling to sit on these good horses," Husbands said. "All you can do is smile ... . I'll leave it to Mark Casse to say who is the better one." Spring Venture did beat Spring in the Air by 1 3/4 lengths in the Natalma.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Flattermewithroses, at odds of 53-1, roared by the early leaders in the stretch and went on to win Friday's $80,000 Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Belmont Park by 1 1/2 lengths. The favorite, Coconut Shrimp, followed but could do no better than second and Discreet Marq was third. Flattermewithroses, a Flatter filly out of the Grindstone mare Rosella, ran the 7 furlongs on a yielding course in 1:26.14 with Mike Luzzi riding.
Hawthorne Race Course
Suntracer came from last of nine to win Saturday's $100,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial by a neck over Nikki's Sandcastle. Tazz led briefly and held third, another a half length in arrears. Suntracer, a 4-year-old Kitten's Joy colt, ran the 9 furlongs on firm turf in 1:48.75 with Eddie Perez in the irons. The Team Block runner made it two in a row following a victory in the $100,000 Illinois Owners at Arlington on Aug. 11. "He trained really well coming to it, and ran like I hoped he would," winning trainer Chris Block said. "He got a pace today, which is unusual for him. A lot of cases he'll get a slow pace like he did last time, so when he got those fractions I thought that it set up nice for him."
Romacacca, the odds-on favorite, led from the early stages in Saturday's $100,000 Indian Maid Handicap, then had no trouble coasting home first by 1 3/4 lengths. Julie's Love finished second and Kepi won a close, three-way battle for show money. Romacacca, a 6-year-old Running Stag mare, ran the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:43.62 with Francisco Torres in the irons. She won the Grade III Modesty Handicap at Arlington two starts back but then faded from the lead in the Grade I Beverly D. to get home seventh. "It was a beautiful trip," winning rider Francisco Torres said. "There wasn't much other pace in the race so we thought we would be able to dictate. She did it like a professional."
Lateegra got a neck in front under the wire to win Saturday's $150,000 Carotene Stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies. Part the Seas was second and Black Bird Rock finished third. Lateegra, a North Light filly, got the 9 furlongs on firm turf in 1:48.80 under Slade Callaghan.
Munnings Sister dueled for the lead in Sunday's $80,000 Dream Supreme Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, then fought off the late run of Hearts of Red to win by a half length. Fiftyfour Forever finished third. Munnings Sister, a Speightstown filly, ran 7 furlongs on a good, sealed main track in 1:24.93 under Javier Castellano.
The Pilgrim and Miss Grillo, 2-year-old turf events, were delayed until Monday because of adverse weather in the New York area.
Wednesday's $80,000 Valor Lady Stakes came off the turf and most of the field stayed in the barn. Of the four who ran, Belle of the Hall, racing for purse money only, came from last to nip pacesetting Agave Kiss by neck. Catinatree and odds-on favorite Mildly Offensive completed the order of finish. Belle of the Hall, a 5-year-old Graeme Hall mare, got the 7 furlongs on the muddy main track in 1:23.55 with Irad Ortiz Jr. up.
Calder Race Course
Dual Exhauzt led from the start in Saturday's $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap, repulsed a challenge from Black Diamond Cat and went on to win by 1 1/2 lengths over that rival. Close It Out and Duty Blues completed the order of finish. Dual Exhauzt, a 4-year-old Alke colt, ran the 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:17.31 with Jesus Rios up.
Higher Logic led all the way in Friday's $84,000 Indiana Stallion Stakes for state-bred 2-year-old fillies and got clear late to win by 5 1/2 lengths over Miss Chatty Cat. Hot Wind was third. Higher Logic, a High Fly filly, ran 6 furlongs on a muddy track in 1:11.68 under Irwin Rosendo.
Dread the Pirate stalked the pace in Friday's $84,000 Crown Ambassador Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, got by late and won by 3 3/4 lengths over Clyde Park. Seal Beach finished third. Dread the Pirate, an Evil Minister colt, ran 6 furlongs on the muddy track in 1:12.87 under Marlon St. Julien.
Salty Strike came from off the pace to win Saturday's $100,000 Mari Hullman George Stakes for fillies and mares by 1 1/2 lengths over Brushed by a Star. Action Lady was third. Salty Strike, a 4-year-old Smart Strike filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on a good track in 1:43.14 under Victor Lebron.
Hurricane Ike survived a pressured pace in Saturday's $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile and cleared at the end to win by a length over Good Lord. Hoorayforhollywood finished third. Hurricane Ike, a 5-year-old son of Graeme Hall, got home in 1:36.76 under Terry Thompson.
A whole card-full of races for progeny of Maryland-based stallions faced the punters who weren't too busy Saturday celebrating the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles advance to the major league playoffs.
Not Abroad came from off the pace to account for the $150,000 Classic, beating Regal Warrior by 4 lengths and finishing 9 furlongs on the fast main track in 1:51.06. Bold Affair led from the start in the $96,000 Distaff and won by 13 1/4 lengths over Silver Heart, touring the 7 furlongs on the main track in 1:24.52.
Roadhog took the $100,000 Turf, finishing 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Chain of Command and getting 9 furlongs on the firm main track in 1:47.15. Ben's Cat, the heavy favorite, got the lead in the lane in the $101,000 Sprint on the grass and won by 3/4 of a length over that rival in 1:01.64.
Action Andy led all the way to a 2 3/4-length victory over Javerre in the $95,000 Sprint on the main course, clocked in 1:10.39. Classy Coco rallied along the rail in the stretch to win the Lassie for 2-year-old fillies by 1 1/2 lengths over Stormy Adventure in 1:13.34.
Pagan Priestess came from mid-pack to win the $99,000 Ladies by a length over Weeper, covering 9 furlongs on the turf in 1:49.40.
Keep Momma Happy, making his first start at odds of 23-1, was just up in time to beat Alpha Mike Foxtrot by a neck in the $102,000 Nursery for 2-year-olds, getting 6 furlongs in 1:12.76.
The $99,000 Oaks went to Jazzy Idea, by 6 3/4 lengths over the odds-on favorite, Spring Dance, in 1:38.64.
Jonathan's Girl took charge in the lane in Friday's $75,000 Ligature Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares, kicking away to win by 7 3/4 lengths. Puddy de Luca was second and Interrogate finished third. Jonathan's Girl, a 5-year-old Closing Argument mare, finished 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.65 with Angel Arroyo riding.
Burst of Life put in just enough of a burst in the final yards to win Friday's $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes for fillies and mares by a neck. All About Allie held on for second and the odds-on favorite, Moon Buzz, settled for third. Burst of Life, a 6-year-old Soto mare, ran the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.07 with Brian McNeil in the irons.
Sapello Cantador rallied alongside pacesetting Dueling Dom inside the furlong marker in Sunday's $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap for state-breds, then won by a neck over that rival. Groushy Apadana was another neck back in third and it was another neck to Desert Dude in fourth. Sapello Cantador, a 4-year-old Valet Man gelding, ran the 1 mile on a fast track in 1:38.27 with John Rochabrun up.
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