11/23/2016 8:40PM

Candip rallies to win Fabulous Strike Handicap


The David M. Vance Stakes that was run at Remington Park on Sept. 25 just keeps giving and giving. On Wednesday evening at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., Candip became the fourth horse from that five-horse field to win his next start when he came flying in the stretch to win the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap.

The six-furlong Fabulous Strike was all about Chief Lion until the final sixteenth of a mile. Chief Lion outsprinted a handful of challengers for the early lead and laid down sizzling fractions of 21.45 and 43.68 seconds. He began to get leg-weary after five furlongs in 56.21 and ultimately finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length, after Candip and then 40-1 Measured went by him late.

Candip, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, commenced a wide bid nearing the far turn, persevered in the stretch and was up to win by a neck. He paid $20.80 in the 11-horse field and was timed in 1:09.77.

Weekend Hideaway, the 2-1 favorite, appeared to lose position entering the far turn when in tight behind a rival as the winner went by him from the outside.

Candip, a 5-year-old son of Candy Ride, was claimed by trainer Michael Tomlinson for $32,000 in May 2015. He has since gone 5 for 12, including a win in the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows in July.

Candip finished fourth in the $150,450 Vance at Remington and has since been in training at Tomlinson's Churchill Downs base.

The Vance winner, Ivan Fallunovalot, came back to win last Saturday's Grade 3 De Francis Dash at Laurel Park. The Vance runner-up, Wings Locked Up, has since won a second-level optional-claiming race at Remington. The last-place finisher, Okie Ride, returned to win the Oklahoma Classics Sprint at Remington.

Swatara: Charitable Annuity strong in stretch

Charitable Annuity, the best older distance horse based at Charles Town, improved his record to 13 wins from 21 starts by using a strong finish to win the $100,000 Swatara Stakes.

Charitable Annuity was making only his second start away from Charles Town. He had finished third in the $194,000 Mountainview Handicap at Penn National in June.

Unhurried by jockey Antonio Lopez while outrun early in the 1 1/16-mile Swatara, he found his best stride nearing the stretch and came between horses without losing much ground. He ran by the leaders in midstretch and won going away by 1 3/4 lengths.

Charitable Annuity races for owner Mark Russell and trainer James W. Casey, who this year retired their 10-year-old Charles Town star Russell Road. Charitable Annuity paid $8.60.

He's Achance set early fractions of 23.64 and 47.35 in the Swatara. He resisted when challenged first by Grasshoppin and then by Fabulous Kid before weakening in the final furlong to finish fifth. Charitable Annuity completed the course in 1:44.26.

Grasshoppin, a 35-1 longshot, ran a big race to be second. Close up early, he challenged outside He's Achance on the far turn and then continued hard to the wire.

Fabulous Kid, the 8-5 favorite, moved up to challenge three wide in upper stretch as he, Grasshoppin, and He's Achance raced head-and-head in close quarters. Fabulous Kid dropped back a bit in midstretch and then came on again to finish third, three lengths behind Grasshoppin.

Res Judicata, who broke from the outside post in the eight-horse field, threw his head as the gates opened and was off behind the field. He moved up into contention, then tired to finish seventh.

Blue Mountain: Rose Tree pulls away

Rose Tree improved her record to 2 for 2 by winning the $100,000 Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

Rose Tree advanced outside horses on the far turn of the six-furlong race for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-old fillies, then took the lead from front-running Ianthe nearing the furlong pole and drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths.

In her October debut at Delaware Park, Rose Tree had won an open maiden race by 9 1/4 lengths.

Rose Tree, who races for Buttonwood Farm, paid $7.20 in the Blue Mountain. She covered six furlongs under jockey Andrew Wolfsont in 1:11.24

La Vitesse, the 3-5 favorite, became fractious in the starting gate when the horse to her inside, Hygh Life, unseated her rider. La Vitesse was unloaded from the gate, then raced forwardly for three furlongs before dropping from contention. She finished seventh, beaten 22 lengths.

Hygh Life was scratched after acting up in the gate.

Ianthe was second, finishing five lengths clear of third-place Peach Alley.