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UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

By ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer   |   Aug. 5, 2013 at 6:15 AM   |   Comments

An upset win by a budding star in the historic Whitney Invitational at Saratoga highlighted weekend racing.

The action also featured a fitting climax to "Glorious Goodwood" in England and some big wins in the Sprint, Ladies' Classic and juvenile divisions.

To spice things up, there were some unusual stewards' rulings at Woodbine and Canterbury Park, likely causing a few wails from bettors on the wrong end of the decisions -- or those who tossed their tickets too soon.

Here's how it happened, starting with that classic at the Spa.


Cross Traffic, a late-developing 4-year-old, got the perfect trip he wanted in Saturday's $750,000, Grade I Whitney Invitational at Saratoga and held on at the end to win by 3/4 of a length over an onrushing Successful Dan. Mucho Macho Man was third, followed by Ron the Greek and defending Breeders' Cup Classsic champ Fort Larned. Cross Traffic, a gray colt by Unbridled's Song, got a good run to the lead through the first turn, then set a brisk pace down the backstretch and into the stretch turn. Under some encouragement by jockey John Velazquez, he swerved sharply right nearing the wire but managed to hold on for the win. He ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:47.89 and earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic through the "Win and You're In" program. The colt won his first two starts this winter at Gulfstream Park, then finished second by a head to Flat Out in the Grade III Westchester and second by a nose to Sahara Sky in the Grade I Met Mile. "Being outside of Mucho Macho Man and Fort Larned -- the other two speeds -- we felt like we were in a good position," winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. "It worked out really well ... . He certainly deserved a Grade 1 after the Met Mile. I know we've had a couple of tough beats over the years, but that one kind of stands out as one of the toughest." Fort Larned's trainer, Ian Wilkes, said his charge "just walked out of the gates. It wasn't the start we were looking for. He got away bad."

Other action in the Classic division:

Illinois Derby winner Departing, bouncing back from a sixth-place finish in the Preakness, romped home a winner by 8 3/4 lengths in Saturday's $750,000, Grade II West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer. Ruler of Love showed the way early under Calvin Borel and held on for second. Overanalyze, with Rosie Napravnik up, finished third. Departing, a War Front gelding, ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:51.47 in a race that slowed down as it went along. He now has five wins from seven starts and also finished third in the Grade II Louisiana Derby. Trainer Al Stall Jr. said he will target one of three Derbies for Departing's next race -- the Super Derby, the Pennsylvania Derby or the Indiana Derby.

Holiday Mischief wore down pacesetting favorite Sunbean in the stretch drive in Saturday's $100,000 Super Derby Prelude at Louisiana Downs and won by a head over that rival. Runaway Steven was far back in third and the second-favorite, Carve, finished fifth. Holiday Mischief, an Into Mischief gelding, got 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.33. It was only his third career start and first stakes win.


Detouring across the water


England

Winsili struck at long odds in Saturday's Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, going to the lead late and holding well to win by a neck over Thistle Bird. Hot Snap was third in the 1 1/4-miles event for fillies and mares. Sky Lantern, the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner, was blocked as she was making her move in the final furlong and lost all chance. She finished fifth. Winsili, a 3-year-old Juddmonte Farms homebred by Dansili, finished in 2:06.19. It was her third win from five starts, following a fourth-place showing in the 1 1/2-miles Ribblesdale at Ascot. Trainer John Gosden said he plans to keep Winsili at 1 1/4 miles or less and said the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita "could be a possibility ... . But I'd have to get there a week early and school her in the paddock." Winsili dislikes being saddled, or any other sedentary activity, he explained. "If she has to wait, she will nearly throw herself on the ground with sheer frustration that she can't get on and do what she wants to do," Gosden said. He noted Juddmonte master Prince Khalid also bred Midday, who won the Nassau three straight years from 2009 through 2011. "That's some achievement," he added. Midday also won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in 2009.


France

Moonlight Cloud kicked in at the right time in Sunday's Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, taking the lead inside the furlong marker and drawing clear to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Lethal Force. Gordon Lord Byron was third in the 6 1/2-furlongs event, run over good to soft going at the seaside track. Moonlight Cloud, trained by Freddy Head and ridden by Thierry Jarnet, finished in 1:14.33. The 5-year-old Invincible Spirit mare now has nine wins from 16 starts but will be remembered forever as the rival who almost caught Black Caviar on the wire in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. She came back from that effort to win the Gheest last year, then finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita.


Germany

Penelopa had to work through substantial traffic in Sunday's Group 1 Preis der Diana - Deutsches Stuten-Derby at Dusseldorf, finally got free in the last 100 yards and rallied to win by 3/4 of a length over Secret Gesture, the Epsom Oaks runner-up. Adoya finished third in the 11-furongs race for 3-year-old fillies. Penelopa, a Giant's Causeway filly, finished in 2:13.53 with Eduardo Pedroza up. It was the first win in four tries for Penelopa.


Back in North America


Sprint

Justin Phillip came from behind a pace battle to win Sunday's $400,000, Grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga by 2 lengths. Bahamian Squall also passed the early leaders to finish second and Gentlemen's Bet was third. The favorite, Delaunay, finished fourth and Caixa Eletronica completed the order of finish. The first two finishers exited the Grade II Smile Sprint Handicap at the Summit of Speed at Calder, won by Bahamian Squall with Justin Phillip fourth. Gentlemen's Bet and Delaunay finished 1-2 in the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows in their last race. Justin Phillip, a 5-year-old son of First Samurai, ran 6 furlongs Sunday in 1:08.59 with John Velazquez up. He finished second in this race last year, behind Poseidon's Warrior, and finished fifth in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint. "Last year's Vanderbilt was a good opportunity for him, and I thought he was unfortunate not to win that day," winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. "For everything to work out, to have him in this position today -- a good draw, a good setup -- was very rewarding." Asked if he will consider moving on to the Grade I Forego Aug. 31 at the Spa, Asmussen said: "You consider everything with him. He's allowed us to do that. He's never ducked anybody. He's been nominated to about everything in the country." Delaunay's trainer, Tom Amoss, said he will give his charge a little time to recharge. "His last two races weren't good, and he's telling us something," Amoss said.


Filly & Mare Turf

Smartfly led all the way to a 3-length victory in Sunday's $250,000 (Canadian) Wonder Where Stakes for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, a race marred by the fatal breakdown of Woodbine Oaks winner Nipissing. Smartfly got home 3 lengths to the good of the favorite, Spring in the Air, with Surtsey finishing fourth. Smartfly, a Smart Strike filly, ran the 1 1/4 miles on firm going in 2:03.27 with Eurico Da Silva in the irons. Nipissing was pulled up on the far turn while trailing and euthanized with a catastrophic injury to her left rear leg. She finished eighth in the Queen's Plate after her Oaks victory.


Ladies' Classic

Lady of Fifty rallied five-wide into the lane in Saturday's $300,000, Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar and went by to finish first, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of More Chocolate. Byrama also ran well late to take third while the favorite, Include Me Out, finished next-last of nine. Lady of Fifty, a 4-year-old After Market filly, toured 1 1/16 miles of all-weather track in 1:42.96 for jockey Corey Nakatani. She had finished third -- behind Byrama and More Chocolate -- in her last start, the Grade I Vanity at Hollywood Park. "I felt a little bit funny about Lady of Fifty being back so far," winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. "When she came into the lane and was getting equal with them, I thought she'd have a chance of running them down and she did. It's one of the best races she's run. It's a 'Win and You're In' [for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic], so I guess we're in."


Turf Mile

In Saturday's $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, Dorsett came from Chicago, then came from the clouds to pick up the winner's check with a well-timed late run that found him 3 lengths clear at the wire. Another Arlington import, Coastal Breeze, finished second and Impassable Canyon was third. Dorsett, an Artie Schiller colt, ran the mile on firm turf in 1:35.69 with Lori Keith in the irons. It was his third career win and followed a fifth-place finish in the Grade III American Derby at Arlington. "The trainer told me to let him find his feet. That was about it," Keith said. "I was pretty confident throughout. I had a lot of horse at every given stage. I felt like all I had to do was push the button and that was the case."


Turf Sprint

Silverette pressed the pace in Friday's $100,000 Sportech Caress Stakes for fillies and mares at Saratoga, surged to the lead in the lane and held off Spun Cap late to win by a neck. The favorite, Madame Giry, ran evenly to finish third. Silverette, a 4-year-old Street Sense filly, got 5 1/2 furlongs over good turf in 1:01.27. "She was doing it very within herself," winning rider Robby Albarado said. "She's very deceptive. It doesn't look like she's doing it that fast, but she's moving." The Dale Romans trainee has five wins and four seconds from 10 career starts.

Ancil caught the pacesetting favorite, Saint Leon, in the final furlong in Saturday's featured Coup Handicap at Ellis Park, went by and scored by 2 3/4 lengths. Saint Leon was well clear of Next Right Thing in third. Ancil, a 4-year-old City Zip colt, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:01.05 under Jesus Castanon. Saint Leon had a four-race win skein snapped -- the last of those being the Arlington Sprint.


2-year-olds

Albert's Hope got first run to the lead in the stretch in Sunday's $150,000, Grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar, then held off Celtic Moon in the final sixteenth to score by a half length. Guns Loaded finished third. Albert's Hope, a Kentucky-bred Run Away and Hide gelding, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:16.71 with Alonzo Quinonez up. He now is 2-for-2, including a maiden win at Hollywood Park at 33-1 odds. Sunday, he was the favorite. "I was kind of surprised by his first time out," winning trainer Mike Puype said, "because I had never really pushed on this horse. I think there's a little bit more even than you've seen today." He said he will move on to the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4 to "give it a shot and see if he's good enough. He doesn't owe anyone anything after this win, considering what we paid for him." That was $40,000.

General Jack had his owner smelling roses after Saturday's $100,000 Shakpoee Juvenile Stakes at Canterbury Park. The Giant's Causeway colt tracked pacesetting Chairman Crooks, went by in the lane and won by 3 lengths as the odds-on favorite. A P Is Loose finished third. General Jack, with Victor Lebron up, ran 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:29.70. The win followed a close second behind Tiger Bourbon in his first career start at Belmont Park, also on the grass. The colt is co-owned by his trainer, Mike Maker, and Thomas Conway. Even though General Jack's only experience has been on the lawn, Conway said, "I'm going to go home and start dreaming about the first Saturday in May."

Rise Up dueled his way to the lead in Saturday's $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile at Mountaineer Park, then kicked clear in the lane, winning by 4 3/4 lengths over Bisque. The odds-on favorite, Joedini, missed the start slightly and could do no better than a third-place showing. Rise Up, a Rockport Harbor colt out of a Johannesburg mare, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.10. Rosie Napravnik rode for trainer Timothy Hamm. He now has two wins and a second from three starts.

Yes I'm Lucky won a three-way battle for the lead in Sunday's $60,000 Tyro Stakes over the Monmouth Park turf course, then slugged it out with Run for Logistics before finally pulling away for a 1 3/4-lengths victory over that rival. Manaus was along to take show money. Yes I'm Lucky, a Yes It's True colt, ran 5 furlongs on good going in 56.93 seconds under jockey Paco Lopez. He now is 3-for-3 with the last two in stakes races -- one on dirt, one on turf. "Yes It's True horses don't necessarily like the turf," said Eddie Plesa Jr., who trains the top two, "so I was hoping for his mother's side to kick in. He ran great. Barring anything unforeseen, they'll both be back for the Sapling" -- a Grade III on Sept. 1.

Boji Moon was the prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Iowa Cradle Stakes for state-breds at Prairie Meadows and the punters knew what they were doing at the windows. The Cactus Ridge gelding blew the doors off seven rivals, leading all the way and winning by 12 1/2 lengths, ridden out. Makoshika was the closest at the finish as Boji Moon got 6 furlongs in 1:11.86. It was his second race, following an 11 1/2-length domination of a maiden event over the same course.

Got Shades blew by the favorite, Da House, in the final sixteenth in Saturday's $50,000 Sunny's Halo Stakes at Louisiana Downs and went on to win by 3 3/4 lengths. Da House, who led only briefly, held second with In the Backseat finishing third. Got Shades, a Pollard's Vision colt, ran 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:29.77 with Roman Chapa riding.


2-year-old fillies

On Rainbow Bridge collared the leaders inside the final furlong in Saturday's $125,000 (Canadian) Nandi Stakes at Woodbine and went on to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Paladin Bay was second and Lia's Miracle checked in third. On Rainbow Bridge, an Ontario-bred daughter of Bold Executive, won the Shady Well Stakes over the same course in her last outing, also beating Paladin Bay. She finished in 1:10.36 under Skye Chernetz. "She's very smart," Chernetz said. "She's so classy and does everything right. There was a lot of pressure but she handled it so well."

Redgrass Cat came from next-last of 11 to win Saturday's $50,000 Donnie Wilheit Memorial for 2-year-old fillies at Louisiana Downs by a neck over Thegirlinthatsong. The favorite, Nevada Deputy, found her progress arrested a couple times and had to settle for third. Redgrass Cat, a Bluegrass Cat filly, ran 7 1/2 furlongs on good turf in 1:30.68 with Lindey Wade in the irons. It was her first win after several good efforts at Churchill Downs and Lone Star.

Silver Valley pressed the pace in Saturday's $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies at Mountaineer Park, took the lead when asked and won off by 4 lengths. Deliver finished second and Dream S'more was third. Silver Valley, a Silver Train filly, ran 6 furlongs on a fast strip in 1:12.71 with Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons. She was coming off a fifth-place showing in the Grade III Schuylerville at Saratoga.

Haforuhafforme went for the lead midway through Saturday's $75,000 Iowa Sorority Stakes for state-breds at Prairie Meadows and held on gamely to win by 1/2 length over Golden Tiago. Seeley Rose finished third. Haforuhafforme, a Bravo Bull filly, ran 6 furlongs in 1:13.88 with David Mello in the irons. She now is 2-for-2 after winning her career opener by 6 lengths, also at the Iowa oval.

Chu and You went quickly to the lead in Sunday's $50,000 Angie C. Stakes at Emerald Downs and found no takers, winning by 4 3/4 lengths. The favorite, Strawberry Dawn, beat the rest of the field and Decatur Princess finished third. Chu and You, a Washington-bred filly by You and I, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.88 under Juan Gutierrez.

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In other action


Saratoga

Assateague tracked the leaders through the early furlongs of Saturday's $100,000 De La Rose Stakes for fillies and mares, moved to the lead in the lane and held off Ruthenia to win by 1/2 length. The favorite, Laugh Out Loud, settled for third. Assateague, a 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly, ran 1 mile on the firm inner turf in 1:34.45 with Luis Saez up. It was her second straight win after a year-long dry spell and her first stakes victory. "I was third and I had time," Saez said. "When they came in for the turn, I thought she was beaten, but she won the race from there."


Del Mar

U'narack got the better of Ambitious Brew in the stretch run in Friday's $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds, winning by a half length. Raise a Secret came from well back to finish third and the favorite, Tiz a Minister, showed little while cutting back substantially in distance and class, finishing fifth. U'narack, an Unusual Heat gelding, ran 7 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:22.23 with Julien Leparoux in the irons.


Woodbine

Alpha Bettor got the better of the early leader, Ultimate Destiny, in the stretch in Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian), Grade III Seagram Cup, winning by 3/4 of a length over that one. However, the stewards took another look at the start, determined that the No. 5 gate opened prematurely, giving Ultimate Destiny a head start on the field and ruled him a non-starter. That moved up Awesome Overture and Peyton to second- and third-place money, respectively. Alpha Bettor, a 4-year-old son of Alphabet Soup, who won the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic at Woodbine, ran 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather track in 1:43.63 with Justin Stein aboard. Stein said he was "stuck and had to wait it out" before making a move along the rail to secure the win. "He only really ran an eighth of a mile."

Youcan'tcatchme lived up to her name in Sunday's $100,000 (Canadian) Etobicoke Handicap for fillies and mares, leading all the way to a 2 1/4-length victory over Strike the Moon. Acting Naughty finished third. Youcan'tcatchme, a 4-year-old filly by The Daddy, ran 6 furlongs on the all-weather track in 1:09.28 with Stein up.


Canterbury Park

There was another odd one here as Stoupinator won Saturday's $100,000 Northbound Pride Oaks by a head. Kipling's Joy and Raising Dakota finished in a dead heat for third but both were promoted to share second- and third-place money when Seeking Treasure was set down to sixth for interference. Stoupinator, a Stormy Atlantic filly, got the mile on firm turf in 1:35.78 under Alex Canchari.

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Mountaineer Park

A slew of $100,000 stakes supported Saturday's West Virginia Derby.

Brooklyn Cowboy took the 4 1/2-furlong West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup by 1 1/4 lengths over early leader Comisky's Humor. Bet Seattle finished third. Brooklyn Cowboy, a 5-year-old Pomeroy gelding, got home in 52.13 seconds with Jose Montano aboard.

Santana also was aboard Ms Anna Destiny for the win in the West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes at 6 furlongs. Ms Anna Destiny rallied four-wide from mid-pack and went on to score by 4 lengths over Flattering Bea. The winner, a 5-year-old Anabaa mare, was clocked in 1:10.64.

Prissy was under pressure from Soft Whisper all the way in the West Virginia Senate President's Cup but held that rival safe late to win by a length. Ask Me Anything finished third. Prissy, a 4-year-old filly by Unbridled's Song, ran 1 mile and 70 yards on firm turf in 1:39.58 with Alan Garcia up.

Jasizzle cleared the way at the start of the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial by slamming into the favorite, Russell Road. Jasizzle then went on to dominate the 6-furlongs sprint, winning by 7 3/4 lengths over that rival, only to be set down to second for the early infraction. Rummy's Command finished third. The 6 furlongs took 1:09.54. Russell Road, a fixture on the West Virginia circuit, picked up his 26th win from 44 career starts. The 7-year-old Wheaton gelding has 38 in-the-money finishes in those efforts.

Global Power led all the way to a 1 1/2-length victory over the favorite, Derby Kitten, in the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup. The latter, running from the back of the field, had to swing seven-wide to get a clear run. Cherokee Lord finished third. Global Power, a 5-year-old son of Pulpit, got 1 mile and 70 yards on firm turf in 1:38.49 under Scott Spieth.

Taptowne took command in the stretch run to win the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's Stakes by 2 lengths over Whatthecatdrugin. Mordi's Miracle finished third. Taptowne, a 5-year-old Tapit gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:44.90 with Calvin Borel handling the reins. The win helped salve second-place showings in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap and the Grade III Prairie Meadows Cornhusker earlier in this year's campaign for Churchill Downs-based trainer Tim Glyshaw.


Prairie Meadows

Seven stakes for Iowa-breds, including two aforementioned juvenile events, were on Saturday's card with a fast track facilitating matters.

Cainam came from last of eight to win the $85,000 Ralph Hayes for colts and geldings by a half length over the pacesetting favorite, Ice Hockey. Cainam, a 6-year-old Is It True gelding, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.39 under Terry Thompson. The $85,000 Donna Reed Stakes for fillies and mares went to Jokes N Jazz, who also rallied from the rear and scored by 1 1/4 lengths over Someplace Else. The 4-year-old It's No Joke filly finished 1 mile and 70 yards in 1:47.24 with Ken Tohill up.

You Funny Man had the last laugh on five rivals in the 6-furlongs, $70,000 Iowa Classic Sprint, winning by 1 1/2 lengths after circling the field. Voodooville was along for second. You Funny Man, a 4-year-old Humming gelding, got there in 1:11.41 with Floyd Wethey Jr. up.

Wolf Pack Jack led all the way in the $75,000 Iowa Breeders' Derby, then just did survive the late charge of Oh My Gravy to win by a neck with the other seven far back. Wolf Pack Jack, a Hat Trick gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.34 with David Mello handling the reins. Sumting Wong led a trio of upsetters at the finish of the $75,000 Iowa Breeders' Oaks, besting Ritzy Wild by 2 3/4 lengths and Foxy Fleda by another 1 1/4 lengths. With the favorite, Cat Five' O, finishing fourth, the $2 trifecta on this one returned $6,500 and there's nothing "wong" with that. Sumting Wong is by Pikepass.


Santa Rosa

Fire With Fire led from the start in Sunday's $50,000 Joseph T. Grace Handicap and went on to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Tribal Tribute. Grand Berry was third. Fire With Fire, a 5-year-old Distorted Humor gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in course-record time of 1:40.67 with Juan Hernandez at the controls.

Outside Nashville was outside the early leaders entering the stretch in Saturday's $50,000 Robert Dupret Derby, then kept on running for a 4 1/2-length victory over Heat Streaker. The favorite, Miceli, checked in third. Outside Nashville, a Broken Vow colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.19 with Russell Baze in the irons.


Calder Race Course

Balino led from the early jumps in Saturday's $75,000 Naked Greed Stakes for 3-year-olds and jetted off at the end to win by 6 lengths over Statutorial. Midnight Cello finished third. Balino, a Florida-bred Mr. Elway colt, ran 7 1/2 furlongs on yielding turf in 1:30.86 with Orlando Bocachica in the irons.

Nicki Starshine came from the back of the pack to win Saturday's companion $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, edging pacesetter Love To Score by a half length. Creative License finished third. Nicki Starshine, a Milwaukee Brew filly, was home in 1:34.05 with Pedro Monterrey Jr. up.


Monmouth Park

Wicked Tune hustled up to the lead in Saturday's $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes, led the way and held on to win by a neck over A P Elvis. Night Officer finished third, another length in arrears. Wicked Tune, a 6-year-old son of Concorde's Tune, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on yielding turf in 1:04.70 with Elvis Trujillo in the irons.


Louisiana Downs

Pure Tactics rallied to the lead in the lane in Saturday's $50,000 Barksdale Stakes and showed his heels to 11 rivals, winning by 3 3/4 lengths. Cheyenne Pass finished best of the rest and Heavenville was third. The favorite, Go Tiger Jack, was sixth under the wire. Pure Tactics, a 4-year-old Pure Prize colt, finished 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.14 for jockey Jamie Theriot.


Suffolk Downs

Navy Nurse, with Tammi Piermarini up, shot out to a huge lead in Saturday's $50,000 Isadorable Stakes for Massachusetts-bred fillies and mares, then made the lead hold up in the stretch run for a 4 1/4-length victory. Dreamed a Dream was the best of the rest with Tallys Sundance filling the trifecta. Navy Nurse, a 5-year-old Service Stripe mare, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:12.91.


Charles Town

Hidden Canyon was right out front in plain view throughout Saturday's $50,000 Robert G. Leavitt Memorial for West Virginia-bred 3-year-olds and won by 1 1/2 lengths. In the Fairway shadowed the winner all the way around and finished second, 9 3/4 lengths better than Perfect Cross. Hidden Canyon, a Fiber Sonde colt, ran 7 furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:24.50.


Northlands Park

Commander took command early in Saturday's $50,000 Fred Jones Handicap and got home first by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths. Silver Baubles found an extra gear in the late going to take second from Senor Rojo. Commander, a 5-year-old Broken Vow gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43 4/5 with Aaron Gryder in the irons.

Saturday Nite Ride led from the start in Friday night's $50,000 (Canadian) Madamoiselle Handicap for fillies and mares, opened a big lead at mid-stretch and coasted home first by 2 lengths over Madeira Park. Awesome Plan finished third. Saturday Nite Ride, a 4-year-old Flower Alley filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:45 2/5 with Gryder up.


Finger Lakes

Talk Therapy stalked the pace in Saturday's $50,000 Genessee Valley Breeders' Handicap for New York-breds, went by the leaders and went on to win by 1 1/2 lengths. The favorite, Fox Rules, was along for second and Dan's Gold finished third. Talk Therapy, a 7-year-old Freud gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:45.94 with John Davila Jr. in the irons.

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