02/26/2011 8:38PM

Beer Meister Pays $82 in Turf Paradise Derby

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PHOENIX - Beer Meister, a 40-1 shot in the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby Saturday, spoiled the trip for Southern California invading favorites Indian Winter and Mr Artistic M D as he rallied for a huge upset at the Phoenix track. There was an inquiry and disqualification though it didn’t affect the winner.

Owned by Jim Egger and William Burns and trained by Manuel Ortiz, Beer Meister went off at 40-1 despite having finished second at 2-5 and second at 3-5 in his last two starts. Under Glenn Corbett he sat last in the 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-olds while Great Event set a brisk pace. He didn’t appear to be going anywhere but pitched very wide into the lane and blasted home to pass all his rivals, beating another closer, Twice the Appeal, by two lengths.

Indian Winter, the heavily favored Southern California invader, finished third and fellow Southern California invader Mr Artistic M D was fourth in the field of eight.

However, Twice the Appeal shifted inward while making his strong rally forcing Mr Artistic M D to take up in deep stretch so Twice the Appeal was disqualified from second and placed fourth.
Beer Meister ran the distance in 1:41.99 and paid $82.40. The winner’s share of $30,000 gives him a bankroll of $39,620 from two wins in four starts.

Recent claim Miss Buxley wins Arizona Oaks

Miss Buxley, claimed for $20,000 at Santa Anita when fourth in her last start Jan. 7, paid immediate dividends as the daughter of Unbridled Energy stepped up and became a stakes winner when capturing the $25,000 Arizona Oaks earlier on the Saturday Turf Paradise card.

Now owned by Rick Wiest and trained by Robertino Diodoro, the 3-year-old filly dogged pacesetting favorite Los Lunas from the start, challenged that rival on the far turn in the mile event, put her away and drew off to win by four lengths under Jorge Carreno. Joe Ja rallied from last in the six-horse field to get second, just ahead of 7-10 favorite Los Lunas.

Miss Buxley ran the distance in 1:36.59 and paid $25.60 as the longest shot in the race. The winner’s share of $15,000 gives her a bankroll of $31,500 from two wins in six starts.