04/24/2009 11:00PM

Criticism wires La Prevoyante


Criticism once again made the most of a favorable pace situation, duplicating her wire-to-wire triumph two months earlier in The Very One at Gulfstream Park with a one-length victory over Long Approach in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder.

Criticism, a 5-year-old daughter of Machiavellian, was allowed to set extremely slow fractions over a firm course in the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante. With jockey Javier Castellano aboard, Criticism posted early fractions of 26.02 seconds, 52.03, and 1:17.89 for the opening six furlongs, repulsed a couple of bids from a headstrong Astrologie during the middle stages of the race, then had more than enough left in reserve to withstand a final surge from Long Approach. Criticism had set an even slower pace en route to her 2 1/2-length triumph in the Grade 3 The Very One.

Long Approach, who appeared to have fallen out of contention after six furlongs, re-rallied to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths before Icon Project. Astrologie tired from her early efforts to finish fourth in her first start since finishing third behind Criticism in the Long Island Handicap on Nov. 1.

Criticism, a Darley Stable homebred covered the distance in 2:29.33 over a firm course and paid $3.80.

"The pace came up a lot like it did in The Very One," said trainer Tom Albertrani, who won six stakes races during the recently concluded Gulfstream meeting. "In her last race she got up too close to a fast pace. She'll head back to New York where the Diana at Saratoga will be her main goal."

The Grade 1 Diana is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Wesley takes Miami Mile

Castellano completed a sweep of the afternoon's two stakes by guiding Wesley to a 1 1/2-length decision over Mambo Meister in the $100,000 Miami Mile Handicap.

Wesley rallied from off a slow but contentious pace, took command entering the stretch and drew off from Mambo Meister when set down by Castellano for the final furlong. Mambo Meister, making his first start in three months, encountered some traffic trouble on the far turn, took a run at the winner in early stretch, but proved no match while finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Fearless Eagle.

Wesley, a son of El Prado, wore blinkers for the first time in the Miami Mile. He is owned by J. Paul Reddam and Willmott Stables inc. Wesley ran a mile in 1:36.31 and paid $6.80.

"I'm glad we put the blinkers on him," said trainer Mark Hennig. "I think it helped him a lot today. Without them he might have dropped too far back off that slow pace to be able to overcome it."