11/04/2006 12:00AM

Drum Major puts capper on day of upsets


Favorites took it on the chin at Aqueduct on Breeders' Cup Day, getting shut out in five stakes. In the Grade 3, $114,100 , the final race on the card, it looked as though even-money Fishy Advice was going to get the favorites on the board after setting most of the pace, but second choice Drum Major ($8.80) ran him down late to win by a head.

Drum Major rallied from well off the pace to run 1 1/8 miles on a good turf course in 1:50.59 under Joe Bravo.

"My instructions were to lay closer to the pace, but in turf racing things don't always go how you want," said Bravo. "When he turned for home, he ran on for me."

It was the first graded stakes win for Dogwood Stable's Drum Major, a 4-year-old colt by Dynaformer who has won 6 of 13 starts on turf overall.

"This horse has always had a lot of promise," said winning trainer George Weaver. "We'll take him to Florida."

Long Island: Safari Queen goes long

Safari Queen successfully handled a stretch-out to 1 1/2 miles to win the Grade 2, $150,000 , the final graded filly-and-mare turf stakes of New York season.

Racing in midpack under Chris DeCarlo through the first mile, Safari Queen took over with a wide move on the third and final turn, opened a clear lead in midstretch, and had enough left to stave off odds-on Royal Highness by a half-length. Reform Act, a listed stakes winner in Ireland, finished third.

Safari Queen ($13.60) ran the 12 furlongs in 2:30.93, getting six pounds from highweighted Royal Highness.

"We thought she'd really love the distance," said Seth Benzel, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher. "Chris called on her when he needed to, and that's why the favorite didn't catch us. If he waits on her, this filly doesn't have the same spurt as the favorite."

Turnback the Alarm: Miss Shop rallies

Allen Jerkens long ago earned his nickname "the Giant Killer" for knocking off big favorites with longshots. In the Grade 3, $107,800 , he sent out Miss Shop ($20) for a last-to-first upset, but among the vanquished was the Jerkens-trained Teammate, who faded to finish fourth at 2-5 despite setting a slow pace.

Making her 12th start of the season, Miss Shop, a hard-knocking 3-year-old filly, trailed to the far turn, rallied three wide into the stretch, and edged clear late under Raul Rojas to beat 16-1 shot Dina by 1 1/2 lengths. Dina nosed Marimba Rhythm for third. Teammate recovered to set easy fractions after breaking in the air, but had nothing left for the final furlong.

Miss Shop ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.93 to win her first graded stakes.

"Miss Shop saved the day," said Jerkens. "What impressed me about her was that she was able to kick in off that slow pace. Teammate stumbled at the start but got to the front in easy fractions, so I thought she'd gallop from there."

Four Roses, Dutrow take sprints

Four Roses Thoroughbreds (formerly Buckram Oak Farm) and Richard Dutrow Jr. swept Saturday's two stakes sprints, as Carmandia and Silver Wagon took advantage of a main track that appeared to favor outside closers.

Carmandia ($21.80) was next to last through the opening half-mile of the Grade 2, $150,000 , rallied four wide with Chris DeCarlo, and caught Great Intentions and Win McCool in deep stretch to notch her first graded stakes win by 3 1/4 lengths, running seven furlongs in 1:22.91.

"She got a nice pace to close into," said DeCarlo. "She really kicked in at the eighth pole, and after that just wore everybody down."

Win McCool held second by a nose over Swap Fliparoo. Splendid Blended and Great Intentions, co-favored at 19-10, tired to finish next to last and last, respectively.

Silver Wagon ($8.90) has run some good races the past several years, notably a runner-up finish in last year's Met Mile behind Ghostzapper, but his off-the-pace score in the Grade 3, $158,600 Sport Page Breeders' Cup Handicap was his first graded stakes triumph since winning the 2003 Hopeful Stakes as a juvenile.

Joe Bravo moved Silver Wagon to contention with a quick move approaching the quarter pole, and blew past pacesetting 7-5 favorite Afrashad to win by 5 1/2 lengths after seven furlongs in 1:21.52.

"The pace was fast, and he was there when I needed him," said Bravo.

Sir Greeley, who stumbled badly at the start and trailed by 14 lengths midway on the turn, finished determinedly to take second by a neck over Afrashad.

"I don't know about coming back in the Cigar Mile," said Dutrow of Silver Wagon. "It's a little quick. We've also got Silver Train for the Cigar, so I don't know what we're going to do with this guy."