Updated on 09/16/2011 8:42AM

Coolbythepool proves she's the best

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Jean Raftery
Coolbythepool (#4) gets up to win a three-way battle by a neck over longshot Sara's Success (center) and Cellars Shiraz in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap on Saturday at Calder.

MIAMI - Coolbythepool regained the title of queen of Calder when she rallied from far back to outfinish 25-1 Sara's Success and Cellars Shiraz and post a neck decision in Saturday's $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

The Heubeck was one of six stakes for Florida-breds, worth a total of $1 million, at Calder on Florida Million Day.

Coolbythepool dropped nearly eight lengths off the early pace of Cellars Shiraz, moved to closer contention while kept wide entering the stretch, and caught Sara's Success in the final strides. Sara's Success rallied three wide to join the leaders entering the stretch and forged to a brief advantage approaching the wire. Cellars Shiraz, the only 3-year-old in the field of fillies and mares, withstood bids from both Castlebrook and Sara's Success leaving the final turn before tiring in the closing strides.

Castlebrook, who had finished in front of Coolbythepool in nine of the pair's previous 17 meetings, finished fifth.

Coolbythepool paid $11.20 after covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.29 over a fast track under jockey Julio Garcia.

"The pace was slow and I was a little worried until she started picking it up at the three-eighths pole," said Marty Wolfson, who trains Coolbythepool for the Town and Country Corp. "She's got a lot of fight in her."

Coolbythepool is scheduled to be bred to Montbrook in 2003.

Bonnie Heath: Miesque's Approval

Miesque's Approval, who dropped a tough neck decision to Union Place here five weeks ago in the Grade 3 Calder Derby, came out on the right side of another close finish with a head victory over Sir Brian's Sword in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup.

Miesque's Approval rallied down the middle of the track to overtake Sir Brian's Sword in the final 40 yards of the 1 1/8-mile Turf Cup, run on a "good" grass course. Sir Brian's Sword forced the pace after stumbling at the break and gained command near the sixteenth pole. Stay Forever, the only filly in the field of 3-year-olds and up, rallied to finish third.

Jerry Bailey rode Miesque's Approval, who paid $3. Bill Mott trains the 3-year-old for Live Oak Plantation.

"He's been very workmanlike and getting the job done all year," said Mott. "I was hoping he'd be a little closer than he was with the pace being slow, but he was able to run the other horse down and that's what matters."

Jack Dudley: Tour of the Cat again

Tour of the Cat, who has been the dominant locally based sprinter all season, withstood a stretchlong bid from New York invader My Cousin Matt for a three-quarter-length victory in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap.

Carrying high weight of 120 pounds off a three-month layoff, Tour of the Cat raced just off and outside the early leaders and gained a short advantage approaching the quarter pole. Built Up rallied mildly to finish third.

Tour of the Cat was ridden to victory by Abad Cabassa Jr. for trainer Myra Mora and returned $8.80 after covering six furlongs in 1:10.18.

Jack Price: Supah Blitz rallies

Supah Blitz benefited from a blistering pace and a track that appeared to favor outside closers to win the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile Stakes by a length.

Supah Blitz was last down the backstretch, moved quickly to contention around the turn of the seven-furlong race, angled wide entering the stretch, and ran down Hear No Evil in the final sixteenth of a mile. Hear No Evil disputed the pace through fractions of 21.83 seconds and 44.51 while racing out in the better part of the track and shook clear in early stretch. He finished 9 1/2 lengths clear of Unleash the Power, who took third.

Supah Blitz was ridden to victory by Rosemary Homeister Jr. for trainer Manny Tortora and paid $23.20. His final time was 1:24.76.

"The race set up for him today," said Tortora. "I was tickled to see those early fractions."

Joe O'Farrell: Elegant Designer by 3

Elegant Designer, back at her Calder base after a race in New York, won the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes by three lengths. Crimson and Roses finished second in the 12-horse field of 2-year-old fillies, with Running Debate third.

In the seven-furlong O'Farrell, Elegant Designer rated off the early pace of Lavender Lass, eased outside while advancing into the stretch, and drew off. Crimson and Roses prompted the pace and moved clear in early stretch.

Elegant Designer, who raced coupled with Heavenly Miss, paid $5.60. She covered the distance in 1:25.11 under Jose Velez Jr.

Elegant Designer had won two of her first four starts here, both victories coming in claiming races, before winning an entry-level race at Aqueduct Oct. 24.