Updated on 09/15/2011 1:40PM

DRF's Saturday Stakes recaps (7/21/01)


Tweedside lasts the distance in CCA Oaks

ELMONT, N.Y. - Chris McCarron literally got his butt kicked in Saturday's Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.

McCarron flew cross-country to ride Starrer in the $350,000 Coaching Club, but was unseated three jumps out of the gate as Starrer, the 4-5 favorite, took a bad step and stumbled. She threw McCarron head over heels and kicked McCarron in the left buttock, leaving just a bruise.

With Starrer out of the picture, the CCA became a wide-open affair and it went to Tweedside, the only filly in the field who could navigate the 1 1/2 miles. She finished 7 3/4 lengths ahead of Exogenous. It was 21 1/2 lengths back to Unbridled Lassie.

Ten Flags, Majority Whip, Tap Dance, and Classy Place completed the order of finish.

The Coaching Club is the third leg of New York's triple crown for 3-year-old fillies. With Acorn winner Forest Secrets, Mother Goose winner Fleet Renee, and Kentucky Oaks winner Flute not running, there were only two graded-stakes winners in the field. Starrer, winner of the Grade 2 Princess Stakes, eliminated herself at the break.

Tap Dance, under Filiberto Leon, set the pace but was done after a mile, and Tweedside moved to the lead leaving the half-mile pole. Exogenous, under Edgar Prado made a run at her around the turn, but tired in upper stretch as a leg-weary Tweedside persevered to the line. Tweedside covered the 12 furlongs in 2:30.70 and returned $23.40 to win.

When last month's Sands Point Handicap came off the turf, Sands Point won a wet main track. That win and her breeding, convinced trainer Todd Pletcher to try her in the CCA.

"We just felt like the pedigree would let her stay," said Pletcher, who noted Tweedside's sire, Thunder Gulch, won the Belmont Stakes and sired this year's Belmont winner, Point Given."

- David Grening

Arlington: Guided Tour dominates

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Guided Tour scored an authoritative four-length win over A Fleets Dancer in the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington.

Trained by Niall O'Callaghan, Guided Tour lost to Chicago Six in the National Jockey Club Handicap and to Duckhorn in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, but avenged both defeats Saturday. Under Larry Melancon, Guided Tour ran down Duckhorn, the 6-5 favorite and early pacesetter in the Washington Park, and easily held off the late rallies of A Fleets Dancer and Chicago Six, who wound up fourth. Duckhorn held third, while Milwaukee Brew never was in contention and finished fifth and last.

Guided Tour paid $5 and was timed in 2:00.76 on a fast track.

- Marcus Hersh

Delaware Park: Zonk hits at 29-1

STANTON, Del. - Zonk, overlooked at 29-1, rallied under Mike McCarthy to capture the Grade 3 $261,000 Delaware Oaks. She paid $61 after finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.27 over a fast track.

Mystic Lady, the 5-2 second choice in a field of 11 3-year-old fillies, finished second, a length behind Zonk and another 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Lady Andromeda. Caressing, the 7-5 favorite, was never a factor and finished seventh.

Zonk, trained by John Servis, earned $151,000, more than doubling her bankroll for Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm. Her record stands at four wins and two seconds from eight starts.

* Broken Vow earned a hard-fought victory as the heavy favorite on the Oaks undercard, wearing down Jarf to win the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes by a length.

Trained by Graham Motion, Broken Vow returned $2.80, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.07. Motion said the Carpenter should serve as a key prep for the Aug. 26 Philip Iselin.

* Later, Amourette took full advantage of being allowed to set an easy pace by upsetting the $154,500 Robert Dick Memorial.

Travis Dunkleberger was aboard Amourette for trainer Gregg McCarron in the Dick Memorial, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares. She paid $37 in her one-length victory, finishing in 2:17.20 over firm going.

Aiglonne, the 2-1 favorite, finished second, a half-length before Krisada.

- Marty McGee

Calder: Hal's Hope wires

MIAMI - A total of 21 horses entered the Carterista Handicap, forcing racing secretary Bob Umphrey to split the race into two divisions. He needn't have bothered.

Overnight rain forced management to switch the Carterista from the turf to the dirt, leaving a total of only 11 starters. A field of five ran in the opening division and six in the second split of the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

The opening division became little more than a public workout for Hal's Hope, who was left the lone speed in the race. Jockey Roger Velez made the most of the tactical advantage, guiding Hal's Hope ($3.20) to an easy 3 3/4-length victory over Tahkodha Hills.

Hal's Hope paid $3.20 and earned $31,500 of the $52,000 purse.

The second division was far more competitive. It was run over a sloppy track in a driving rainstorm. Out of Champagne ($7.60), a wet-track specialist who would have been a longshot had the race been run on turf, outgamed 3-5 Mr. Livingston following a stretchlong battle to win by a neck.

- Mike Welsch

Woodbine: Tempered Appeal pays off

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tempered Appeal, claimed from a winning effort for $80,000 two weeks ago, realized a quick return on investment at Woodbine by winning the $107,600 Bold Venture Handicap.

Tempered Appeal ($10.10) banked $64,560 for owner Bruno Schickedanz and trainer Abraham Katryan in the 6 1/2-furlong race. Tempered Appeal prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:16.05.

Catahoula Parish was second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of 4-5 favorite Mr. Epperson. Prime Timber trailed the five-horse field in his return from an extended layoff.

- Ron Gierkink

Monmouth Park: Stormy Pick pulls away

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Stormy Pick captured the $50,000 Dearly Precious Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs at Monmouth.

Sent off at 3-5, Stormy Pick lunged at the start, but was urged to the front by jockey Eibar Coa. Racing on the rail, she took the lead from Summer Shenanigans before the final turn and pulled away to win by two lengths. Summer Shenanigans held the place by a neck from Caty's Quest.

Stormy Pick ($3.20), trained by Ben Perkins Jr., ran the six furlongs in 1:09.54.

- Ryan Goldberg

Ellis Park: Wudantunowit rallies wide

Wudantunowit ($18.80) rallied five-wide in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in the $50,000 Kentucky Colonel Stakes for 3-year-olds at Ellis Park. Wudantunoit, trained by Murray Johnson and ridden by Joe Johnson, covered one mile on firm turf in a scorching 1:33.48. Trion Georgia, a 31-1 shot, finished second with 57-1 outsider Absterous running third.

Son of Rocket, the 4-5 favorite, tired in the stretch to finish ninth of 12.

- Vance Hanson

River Downs: Joanie's Belle romps

Joanies Bella made quick work of an overmatched crew of Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies in the $40,000 Tah Dah Stakes at River Downs.

Joanies Bella ($2.40) drew off in the stretch to win by 12 3/4 lengths over second choice Crypto's Twinjet, covering the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.60 over a fast track. Tommy Molina was the winning rider.

- Vance Hanson

Louisiana Downs: Triple Card

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Triple Card kept his perfect sprint record intact by posting a thrilling one-length win in the $40,000 Airline Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Ceviche ran second, outfinishing heavily favored Joyful Tune.

Anthony Lovato put Joyful Tune on the lead with Don Simington on Triple Card just to his outside. The two dueled until Triple Card ($9) came five wide into the stretch and put a head in front nearing the furlong marker before gradually increasing that advantage.

- Jeff Taylor

Horsemen's Park: Naturalingredients cooks foes

Naturalingredients made short work of her seven opponents to capture the $31,200 Queen's Handicap by 7 3/4 lengths at Horsemen's Park. Trained by Chuck Turco, Naturalingredients ($2.80) cleared the field shortly after the start and cruised home under Perry Compon in 1:11 flat for the six furlongs.

Marv Johnson sent out Let Me Lead to score by a head in the $27,000 Nebraskaland Handicap for older state-breds going one mile. Under Ken Shino, Let Me Lead ($10.80) gained the lead turning for home then held off a late charge from Slip and Slide to win by a head in 1:38.40.

- Vance Hanson