UPI Horse Racing Roundup

By Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer  |  Nov. 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- American Pharoah ended his career in a blaze of glory in the Breeders' Cup while Golden Horn suffered a narrow defeat in the chilly Halloween air of Kentucky.

But the cross-Atlantic invaders did salvage a 1-2 finish in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf after some embarrassments early on the program. And the juvenile races turned up some dazzling prospects for next year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

Keeneland turned in a magnificent job hosting the Breeders' Cup for the first time, managing to showcase its unique charm while comfortably accommodating big crowds and preparing for a major sale.

While the Breeders' Cup dominated U.S. and European racing, there was plenty of action in Australia and Japan. More about that after:

Breeders' Cup Saturday

$5 million Classic

This wasn't so much a race as a victory lap for American Pharoah, the first winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in 37 years. Especially after his defeat in the Travers at Saratoga, his owner, Ahmed Zayat, and trainer, Bob Baffert, wanted the Pioneerof the Nile colt to go out a winner. And so he did, leading from the start, never seriously challenged and a romping winner by 6 1/2 lengths, in course-record time of 2:00.07 over turf rated good. Long shot Effinex tried to apply some early pressure and held on gamely to finish second. Top British runner Gleneagles tried to mount a challenge early on the stretch turn but quickly was done and finished fifth. Honor Code was up for third and Keen Ice, who defeated American Pharoah in the Travers, got home fourth. It's unlikely any horse could have beaten American Pharoah, given his performance. But he did benefit from the scratches of super mare Beholder and speedball Smooth Roller, either of whom could have applied more pace pressure, and the decision to run another quick one, Liam's Map, in Friday's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, which he won with total ease. Nonetheless, Saturday was American Pharoah Day at Keeneland.

"We wanted him to go out a winner," Zayat said. "American Pharoah is THE winner ... This race was only about American Pharoah. We wanted him to go out a winner."

Baffert said he felt "a sense of relief ... He gave everyone what they came to see today." He said he took responsibility for American Pharoah's defeat at Saratoga, a decision he said was motivated by a desire to show the horse to his legion of fans. "He's probably the greatest horse I'll ever be involved with. He is a gift from God."

The colt goes to stud as the winner of nine of his 11 starts. He finished fifth in his career debut, then won eight straight Grade I or Grade II races, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, before the Travers.

$3 million Longines Turf

Found knocked off the world's top-rated horse, Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn, in a dramatic stretch duel that also found Arlington Million winner and Japan Cup prospect The Pizza Man getting home fifth. Found, a 3-year-old filly by Galileo, ran 1 1/2 miles on good turf in 2:32.06 with Ryan Moore up. Big Blue Kitten was third and Slumber finished fourth. The 1-2 finish, despite the disappointment for Golden Horn, was some vindication for the Europeans who contested the first-ever Keeneland Breeders' Cup -- after shocking defeats in earlier races on two-day card. Golden Horn took the lead entering the stretch run and appeared well on his way to another smashing win. But Found, who had patiently tracked the pace, ranged up on his outside, got by an to the front and held on gallantly while Golden Horn fought back, only to fall 1/2 length short at the wire. It was 3/4 length back to Big Blue Kitten. Found finished ninth in the Arc, 5 lengths behind Golden Horn, then second to Fascinating Rock in the Champion Stakes just two weeks ago and had not won a Grade I or Group 1 race as she entered the Keeneland starting gate.

"It was a little far-fetched," said winning trainer Aiden O'Brien. "A 3-year-old filly running in three champion races in six weeks." But, he added, "Finally she's come good, as Aidan always said she would." Golden Horn, who heads to the breeding shed, suffered only his second defeat against seven victories. In addition to the Arc, he won the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse, the Group 1 Investec Derby at Epsom and the Group 2 Dante Stakes. The Pizza Man was a disappointment for his owners, Midwest Thoroughbreds. After winning the Grade I Arlington Million, he was given a prep run over the Keeneland turf and appeared poised for a good effort. But after putting in an ouside move on the stretch move, he could not find the needed late kick.

$2 million Sentient Jets Juvenile

Nyquist outfinished fellow Californian Swipe to win the top U.S. 2-year-old race by 1/2 length, making him an early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby. The winner was sired by ---- Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo. Nyquist started from the No. 13 gate and was forced about six-wide on the first turn. He continued to lose ground through the race, going wide again into the stretch turn. But as the field straightened out for the run home, he quickly hit the front, opened a daylight lead and held off Swipe's late run. The two also finished 1-2 in the Grade I Front Runner at Santa Anita in their last start. Nyquist remains undefeated in five starts for trainer Doug O'Neill and Mario Gutierrez has been aboard for all of them. Trainer Doug O'Neill said he and Gutierrez discussed at length how to work out a trip from the unfavorable post position. "None of that stuff happened," the trainer said. "It shows what a great jockey Mario is to call an audible like that." Gutierrez said he "just rode him with confidence. I know what kind of colt he is. He gives me confidence." While the win obviously points toward the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs, owner J. Paul Reddam said, "We'll absorb what happened today and worry about the Derby in a couple of months."

$2 million Mile (turf)

Tepin left a pack of top European milers well in his wake in the stretch run, scooting off to a 2 1/4-lengths victory with Julien Leparoux along for the ride. Mondialiste kicked in late to salvage second for the overseas crew. Grand Arch, who defeated The Pizza Man in their last race over the Keeneland grass, finished third. Leparoux got Tepin out of the gate cleanly, set up camp right behind the early speed and bided his time until top of the stretch and quickly put the issue to rest. "She was relaxed," Leparoux said. "On the backside, I was very confident." The favorite, French raider Make Believe, got home fifth. The outcome was a bitter pill for the Europeans, who also brought multiple Group 1 winner Esoterique, last year's Mile winner Karakontie and Group 2 winners Time Test and Impassable. None of them ever reached serious contention as Tepin got home in a rather tepid time of 1:36.69. Tepin, a 4-year-old filly by Bernstein, has won five of her seven starts this year and finished a close second in each of the other two -- all but one Grade I or Grade II events. Mark Casse trains the filly for Robert Masterson.

$1.5 million TwinSpires Sprint

Runhappy happily ran right by Private Zone at mid-stretch and went on to win by 3/4 length over that rival in track-record time of 1:08.58. Favorite Tale was third and Holy Boss finished fourth. Runhappy, a 3-year-old son of Super Saver, was ridden by Edgar Prado as he picked up his fifth straight win -- a run that also includes the Grade I King's Bishop at Saratoga and the Grade III Phoenix at Keeneland in his last outing. Prado waited behind the early leaders into the turn in the Sprint, watched Private Zone take the lead and went by after swinging out to the middle of the track. Winning trainer Maria Borell took command of Runhappy after he ran ninth in the Grade III LeComte at Fair Grounds in January and he was her first Breeders' Cup starter. She said if she'd been told a year ago she would saddle the winner of this race, "I'd have said, 'You're crazy. You've lost your mind.' I don't know." She wiped away tears in the winner's circle. The winner is owned by James "Mattress Mac" McIngvale. "I've been in the horse racing game for 25 years and this is my biggest win ever," he said. "We're going to run him next year, stretch him out and see how he does."

On Sunday, it was reported Borell was dismissed as Runhappy's trainer in a long-simmering dispute with McIngvale and others.

$2 million Filly & Mare Turf

Stephanie's Kitten rallied to the lead in deep stretch and held off the best of the strong European contingent, Legatissimo, winning by 1 1/4 lengths. Queen's Jewel, another trans-Atlantic raider, was a close third. Stephanie's Kitten raced at the back of the 14-horse field down the backstretch while Legatissimo, who stumbled at the start, was trapped in mid-pack for much of the race. The critical moment came midway around the stretch turn, when jockey Ryan Moore elected to switch Legatissimo to the outside while Irad Ortiz Jr. got Stephanie's Kitten through between horses and to the lead. Stephanie's Kitten, a 6-year-old mare by Kitten's Joy, ran 1 3/16 miles on good turf in 1:56.22. Ken and Sarah Ramsey bred and own the mare and she is named for their granddaughter. "Very exciting," Stephanie said. Ken Ramsey said the victory was one of the highlights of a career that took off when he decided to support and encourage Kitten's Joy as a sire. "I've had some highs and a few lows," he said. "But this is a real high." Trainer Chad Brown said he was concerned when Stephanie's Kitten was so far back and again when Ortiz elected to move her up on the inside. "Two things we've learned about her -- she doesn't like the Keeneland turf and she doesn't like to be inside horses. Today, she did just the opposite of what we've learned about her," Brown said. He noted the "really strong" foreign contingent -- "the international spirit of the Breeders' Cup in force."

$1 million TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint

Wavell Avenue came with a late run, got by pacesetting La Verdad at mid-stretch and went on to win by 1 3/4 length over that rival. Taris finished third and the favorite, Cavorting, was up for fourth after trailing most of the field into the turn. Wavell Avenue, a 4-year-old Harlington filly, ran 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:22.39 with Joel Rosario in the irons. "I had a perfect trip," Rosario said. "We were always able to get a good position even when we were back far. I was comfortable because they were going fast up front." She went to the post as a 10-1 long shot, never before having contested a Grade I event. She finished second behind La Verdad in her last outing, the Grade II Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park, going 6 1/2 furlongs. Noting his filly is rapidly improving, winning trainer Chad Brown said, "As long as she'd healthy, she'll be back next year." La Verdad's trainer, Linda Rice, said 7 furlongs "is a bit of a reach for her but I am not disappointed that we came."

$1 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Mongolian Saturday seized the lead early in the stretch run, opened a daylight margin and just held off Lady Shipman by a neck. Green Mask was third. Mongolian Saturday, with Florent Geroux in the irons, started from the far outside in the 14-horse field, jumped up to run second through the early furlongs and finished 5 1/2 furlongs on good turf in 1:03.49. The 5-year-old Any Given Saturday gelding now has finished in the top three in his last 10 starts. He is owned by a Mongolian syndicate, whose principals appeared in the winner's circle in native costumes, including spiked hats. Enebish Ganbat trains the winner. "I was expecting the horse to run well," Ganbat said. "I thought he could come first or second. Here, he's been doing very, very well. We came here to win a Breeders' Cup and we did." Mongolian Saturday won at odds of 15-1. French-born Geroux, who speaks English fluently but with a French accent, added to the international flair, noting he had won three of his first four Breeders' Cup starts. "I wish we could have these a few times a year," he said with a laugh. "Good horses make me look good." Ganbat said Sunday Mongolian Saturday has been invited to participate in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in January and that race is a possibility.

$2 million 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

Songbird easily ran her record to 4-for-4 with an effortless, front-running victory. The Medaglia d'Oro filly went right to the lead under jockey Mike Smith and was never challenged, extending her margin to win by 5 3/4 lengths over previously undefeated Rachel's Valentina. Dothraki Queen hugged the rail and outlasted the others for show money. Songbird, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.73. She won at first asking at Del Mar in July, then took both the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and the Grade I Chandelier at Santa Anita. "We knew we had the best horse going into the race," said winning owner Richard Porter of Fox Hill Farms. "But the problem is, I've had the best horse going into races before. The best horse doesn't always win." He said he knew Smith needed to get Songbird off to a good start from the outside, No. 10 post position. "I don't think she's ever had a bigger jump," he added. And Smith said, "Once we jumped out of the gate, it was just a matter of me staying on." With the Breeders' Cup win, she becomes the heavy early favorite for next spring's Kentucky Oaks.

Friday's Breeders' Cup

$2 million Longines Distaff

Stopchargingmaria charged wide into the stretch, got the lead and didn't stop, winning a tight duel by a neck over Stellar Wind. Before the victory was posted official, the 4-year-old Tale of the Cat filly had to survive an inquiry resulting from drifting out in the late going. The stewards quickly let the result stand. Curalina was a distant third with Sheer Drama fourth. Stopchargingmaria, with Javier Castellano up, ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:48.98. It was her sixth win from her last eight starts for trainer Todd Pletcher and her owner, Town and Country Farms. Last year, she won the Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks and the Grade I Alabama, both at Saratoga. Earlier this year, she won a pair of Grade III events but finished fourth in the Grade I Personal Ensign in her previous start after getting caught up in a pace duel. Town and Country's racing manager, Shannon Potter, said Castellano gave her a perfect ride in the big race. "We knew we weren't the pace of the race," he said. "It was as good a ride as she could have." Pletcher said the key to the outcome was to give Stopchargingmaria a break after the Personal Ensign. "She tends to run some of her best races fresh," Pletcher said. "When she's on her game, she trains exceptionally well and I was confident after breezing here here that she would run really well." Kiki Courtelis, who owns Town and Country with her mother, Louise, said Stopchargingmaria will stay in training next year if she remains healthy and willing. "Stopchargingmaria is the most exceptional race horse I've ever known," Courtelis said. "I don't think she knows she can lose."

$1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile

Liam's Map, the odds-on favorite, got off to an uncharacteristically slow start and, also rare for him found himself trapped behind horses through most of this event. But jockey Javier Castellano showed plenty of patience and was rewarded, as Liam's Map finally found room, rallied to the lead through the stretch and easily drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Lea was second with Red Vine third and Wicked Strong fourth. Liam's Map, a gray, 4-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:34.54 -- a track record. "One thing Javier and I spoke about in the paddock was that he's not always real quick in the first step or two," said trainer Todd Pletcher ... A tremendously impressive effort." Asked if he was sorry he had not sent Liam's Map in the $5 million Classic, Pletcher said, "We just won a Breeders' Cup race. We're happy." Liam's Map is happily off to his second career at stud.

$1 million Juvenile Turf

Hit It a Bomb hit it a bomb for the European contingent in the first of the Breeders' Cup races, leading a cavalry charge up the stretch to win by a neck over the local favorite, Airoforce. Birchwood, another from across the Atlantic, finished third, just a neck farther back. Hit It a Bomb, with Ryan Moore up for trainer Aidan O'Brien, started from the outside, No. 14, gate, bided his time while trailing the field and kicked into gear as the field turned into the stretch. Racing on the outside of the closing pack, he finished 1 mile over yielding turf in 1:38.86. The War Front colt, bred in Kentucky, who his first two races in Ireland, going short on both turf and the all-weather surface. Friday's race was his first around two turns. "The ground was really loose and my horse was uncomfortable and had a hard time finding his footing," Moore said. "Once the horse settled and found his footing, he got into the race and then he came running."

$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf

Catch a Glimpse raced with the pace, took over the lead at the top of the lane and held on gamely to win by 3/4 length over highly regarded Irish challenger Alice Springs, giving trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup winner. Nemoralia, originally based in England, finished third and Sapphire Kitten was fourth. Catch a Glimpse, a City Zip filly, scored her third straight win after two victories at Woodbine in Canada. Those included the Grade II Natalma Stakes in her previous outing. Florent Geroux steered the filly over 1 mile of yielding turf in 1:39.08. "We won the Natalma, I think, seven times," Casse said, "and I told people, 'This is the best Natalma winner I've ever had."

On the international front


Tuesday is Melbourne Cup day but the festivities were well under way during the weekend.

Tarzino rallied to the lead with about 400 meters to run in Saturday's Group 1 Victoria Derby at Flemington and ran on strongly for the 2-lengths victory as the well-backed favorite. Etymology was second and Kia Ora Koutou third. "He's just an out-and-out stayer who has got class written all over him and he just gave me the perfect ride today," said winning jockey Craig Newitt, who ended a frustrating run in the race. Tarzino, a New Zealand-bred colt by Tavistock, came into the race off a third-place finish in the Vase over the course a week earlier. Saturday's win was the third of his career.

Also Saturday, Gailo Chop won the Group 1 Longines Mackinnon Stakes by 1/2 length over Rising Romance with Contributor third. Gailo Chop, with Ben Melham up, ran 2,000 meters in 2:03.56.


Lovely Day got a lovely run in Sunday's Group 1 Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo Racecourse, emerging from just behind the leaders at mid-stretch to win by 1/2 length over a rapidly closing Staphanos. Isla Bonita was third. Lovely Day, a 5-year-old son of King Kamehameha, ran 2,000 meters on the left-handed turf course in a quick 1:58.4. It was his second Group 1 win, following the Takarazuka Kinen in June, and extended his group-race victory skein to four. Jockey Suguru Hamanaka, subbing for suspended rider Yuga Kawada, said, "The break was good and we were able to sit in an upward position. He was keen to go at first but settled down." The race could have an impact on the Japan Cup in four weeks as the top ranks of Japanese runners have been depleted by injuries and retirements. Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee said Lovely Day wasn't fully cranked up, as he has prospects in the near future. "We have the Japan Cup in mind as his next start. We'll carefully prepare him race-by-race," he said.


The third year of the All-Weather Championships kicked off Thursday at Lingfield Park, with trainer James Tate winning both of the Listed races. The Newmarket-based trainer saddled Lamar, a 4-year-old by Cape Cross, to a deserved success in the mile 32Red/ebfstallions.com Fleur De Lys Stakes, which is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red.com All-Weather Fillies' & Mares' Championships on Good Friday, next March 25. Earlier on the card, Urban Castle, a 4-year-old Street Cry filly, returned from a 70-day absence to take the Listed 32Red.com/EBF Stallions River Eden Fillies' Stakes over 1 5/8 miles. "We want to create additional international interest in the All-Weather Championships," said Stephen Higgins, Arena Racing Company's Racing and Property Director. "The international aspect will form a bigger part of the Championships moving forward. We had a winner from France on Finals Day last season and are encouraging more overseas runners this season,"

In other action:


Sheikh of Sheikhs didn't quite make the field for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile but got a nice consolation prize in winning Saturday's $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint. With Frankie Dettori up, the Discreetly Mine colt tracked the pace, advanced to the lead entering the stretch and stayed on resolutely, winning by 1/2 length over Noholdingback Bear. Richie the Bull was third. Sheikh of Sheikhs ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.28 and now has two wins from three starts. His sole loss was while fading from the lead in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity over a muddy track at Keeneland four months ago.

Hebbronville found room on the rail in Saturday's opener, the $100,000 Perryville, and wore down pacesetter Lewys Vaporizer for the win. Bayerd nipped Lewys Vaporizer for second in the final yards. Hebbronville, a Majesticperfection colt, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.78 with Joe Bravo in the irons. He had won three straight races, including the Grade III Jersey Shore at Monmouth, before finishing fourth in the Grade III Gallant Bob at Parx in his previous start for trainer Lynn Whiting.

Race Day opened a big lead in the stretch in Friday's $200,000, Grade II Hagyard Fayette Stakes and held off a late run by Hoppertunity, winning by a diminishing 3/4 length. Encryption unlocked a nice trifecta. Race Day, a 4-year-old Tapit colt, required a bit of faith, coming into the event off two very sub-par performances. He ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:47.90. "We can't even imagine why he ran those two bad races because he's done so well," said winning rider John Velazquez. "This is what he wants to do."

Bailoutbobby launched his bid on the stretch turn in Friday's $200,000, Grade II Marathon and quickly put away the embattled early leaders, going on to win by 4 1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old Mizzen Mast gelding, ridden by Joel Rosario, ran 1 3/4 miles on a fast track in 2:56.75. Majestic Harbor was second and Neck 'n Neck finished third. Earlier in the year, Bailoutbobby finished second to Big John B in the Grade III Cougar II Handicap at Santa Anita but he was eighth in both the Grade I Pacific Classic and the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup in the intervening time.

Tweet Kitten rallied by the leader in deep stretch in Friday's $100,000 Bryan Station Stakes for 3-year-olds and edged away to win by 1/2 length over Closing Bell. Wayward Kitten was third and the pacesetter, One Go All Go, faded to finish fourth. The first- and third-place finishers are both by Kitten's Joy and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Tweet Kitten, with Javier Castellano aboard, ran 9 furlongs over yielding turf in 1:51.79. He took eight tries to get his first win, scoring at the same distance at Belmont Park in September, and now has a two-race winning skein. Chad Brown trains.

Falling Sky fell back around the turn in Thursday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes, then found another gear inside the sixteenth pole and rallied to win by 1/2 length over Doubledown Again. Nate's Mineshaft was third. Falling Sky, a 5-year-old son of Lion Heart, ran 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:22.53 with Julien Leparoux in the irons.

Del Mar

Uzziel led from the start in Sunday's $200,000, Grade II Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares and went on to post a mild upset win, beating Queen of the Sand by 2 1/4 lengths. The other three starters all finished less than 1/2 length farther behind. Uzziel, a 4-year-old Harlington filly, ran 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.77 with Kent Desormeaux back from Kentucky in time to take the mount.

Crittenden stalked the pace in Saturday's $75,000 Let It Ride Stakes, then was just up at the wire to win by a neck over pacesetting Acceptance. Perfectly Majestic rallied to get show money. Crittenden, a Distorted Humor gelding, ran 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.56 with Martin Garcia in the irons.

Smokey Image came from well off the pace to take Friday's $200,000 Golden State Juvenile, winning by 3/4 length over Found Money. Family Code led early and finished third. Smokey Image, a Southern Image colt, ran 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:22.94 with Juan Hernandez aboard.

Pacific Heat raced off the pace early in Thursday's $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies for state-breds, surged to the lead entering the stretch and got clear, winning by 5 1/4 lengths. Sambamzajammin was second, 3/4 lengths ahead of Patriotic Diamond. Pacific Heat, a daughter of Unusual Heat, got 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:24.31 under Joe Talamo.

Belmont Park

America went right to the lead in Friday's $200,000, Grade III Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares and the favorite, Delightful Joy, wasn't able to catch her. At the wire, it was America by 1 1/2 length over Delightful Joy with Call Pat 1 3/4 lengths farther back in third. America, a 4-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, was bred by her owner, celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay. She ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:41.96 with Christopher DeCarlo up. The victory was a turnaround after five straight defeats in graded stakes. "She got a little class relief, which is exactly what she was looking for," said Leana Williford, assistant to winning trainer Bill Mott.

Mountain Music Man tracked the pace in Friday's $100,000 Awad Stakes for 2-year-olds, came out for running room early in the stretch drive and got clear late, winning by 1 1/2 lengths. Converge was second, Pagan third and the favorite, Strike Midnight, settled for fifth. Mountain Music Man, a Bluegrass Cat colt, ran 1 mile on good turf in 1:37.11 with Manny Franco up. The race is named for one of the underappreciated turf runners of recent times, winner of 14 races, including the 1995 Arlington Million, and more than $3.2 million.

Matrooh took the lead heading for home in Saturday's $200,000, Grade III Bold Ruler Handicap and scooted clear to a 3 3/4-lengths victory. Mylute finished second and Heaven's Runway was third. The favorite, El Kabeir, finished last of five. Matrooh, a 5-year-old Distorted Humor gelding, ran 7 furlongs on a fast track in 1:21.24 with Abel Castellano Jr. aboard.

Ava's Kitten stalked the pace in Saturday's $100,000 Chelsea Flower Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, got the lead in the lane and held off Llanita by 1/2 length at the wire. Enjoy Yourself came from last of 11 to finish third. Ava's Kitten, yet another of the Kitten's Joy band owned and bred by the Ramseys, ran 1 mile on good turf in 1:37.36 with Aaron Gryder up.

Lady Sabelia rallied five-wide into the stretch in Sunday's $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes for fillies and mares and won off by 7 1/4 lengths over R Free Roll. Tea Time finished a head farther back in third. Lady Sabelia, a 5-year-old Majestic Warrior mare, got 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.03 under Horacio Karamanos.

Churchill Downs

Mo Tom rallied from well back to win Sunday's $80,000 Street Sense Stakes for 2-year-old by 1 length over Tom's Ready. It was a long way back to Uncle Brennie in third. Mo Tom, another by freshman sire Uncle Mo, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:36.78 with Corey Lanerie riding for trainer Chris Richard.

Stageplay also came from off the pace to take Sunday's $80,000 Rags to Riches Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, beating Dream Dance by 1 1/2 lengths. Family Tree was third. Stageplay, a Curlin filly, ran 1 mile on the main track in 1:36.58 with Ricardo Santana Jr. up.

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