11/12/2011 4:09PM

Calder: My Pal Chrisy upsets Sweet Repent in Huebeck Distaff

Jim Lisa
My Pal Chrisy wins her second straight two-turn stakes in the Huebeck Distaff.

MIAMI – My Pal Chrisy remained undefeated around two turns while handing Sweet Repent a rare setback over her home course when rallying to a decisive 3 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap at Calder. The Heubeck was one of eight stakes races on the Florida Million Day program.

The Huebeck was My Pal Chrisy’s first start since she stretched out beyond seven furlongs for the first time to upset the 1 1/16-mile Stage Door Betty Handicap on Sept. 24. With regular rider Luca Panici aboard, My Pal Chrisy rated off the early pace of Prize Informant, circled four wide rallying on the final turn, overtook the leaders in early stretch, then drew off with authority despite lugging in briefly when not changing leads until passing the sixteenth pole.

Sweet Repent, the even-money favorite who had won nine of her previous 13 starts at Calder, stalked the early leader, gained a brief lead approaching the quarter pole but proved no match for the winner. Callmethesqueeze rallied from last to finish third, three lengths behind Sweet Repent. She was followed in order by Successful Song, Belle of the Hall, and the tiring Prize Informant.

My Pal Chrisy is trained by Padarath Lutchman for Tony’s Investments LLC. She completed the distance in 1:45.79 seconds over a fast track and paid $21.80.

“I was running her short earlier this year and she was closing like she wanted to go longer. And training that way too,” said Lutchman. “So that’s when I tried her in the Stage Door Betty and she won. I was confident she would run good again today.”

Lutchman said he’ll consider the Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream on Jan. 28 along with other options for My Pal Chrisy’s next start.

* For Oby held off a determined bid from Rev It Up through the stretch to register a well-deserved half-length decision in the $125,000 Jack Price Juvenile. Jordan’s Image, the even-money favorite, finished 4 1/2 lengths further back in third.

For Oby ($9.40), a son of With Distinction, was ridden to victory by Julio Garcia for trainer Pedro Maestre.

* Yara got the jump on her six rivals leaving the gate and never looked back, drawing away to a convincing 5 1/4-length tally in the $125,000 Jack O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies. Given Enchantment, a runaway winner in her only previous start, was easily second best, finishing 8 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Sinner’s Gold.

Refining, the 4-5 favorite for trainer Bill Mott, bobbled after the start and never got untracked, finishing a disappointing sixth in the field of seven 2-year-old fillies.

Leading rider Luis Saez rode Yara ($14.40) to victory for trainer Jose Garafolo.

* Italo, who captured her career debut earlier this year at Longchamp for trainer Wesley Ward, became a stakes winner when rallying to a three-quarter-length victory over an unlucky Burning Time in the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf. All for the Trip, the 8-5 favorite, finished fourth.

Italo ($11.20) benefited from a perfectly-judged ride by Jeffrey Sanchez while Burning Time was forced to loop seven wide with his rally into the stretch. Twin was third.