11/16/2014 4:11PM

Duff, Miss Bullistic take South Carolina residency stakes

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Miss Bullistic, with Jevian Toledo aboard, gets up by a nose in the Donna Freyer Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

A pair of horses with no previous success on dirt swept both  stakes for 2-year-olds who spent 90 days or more in South Carolina on Sunday at Parx Racing.

Duff, a 9-1 outsider whose previous two wins came on Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs, scored a narrow victory over the Maryland-based maiden Stonebriar in the $75,000 Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes for colts and geldings.

Miss Bullistic, who was 2 for 2 on turf but never better than fourth in three previous tries on dirt, came from sixth in the final eighth of a mile to prevail in a four-horse photo in the $75,000 Donna Freyer Stakes for fillies.

Duff ($20.60), ridden for the first time by Daniel Centeno, had only one previous race on dirt, a third-place finish in the Mountaineer Juvenile in early August. He was 2 for 4 on synthetics, including a win in a stakes restricted to Pennsylvania-breds. He outfought Stonebriar in a stretch duel to get up by a head, covering  6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track was 1:19.25. Duff is trained by Ron Potts for The Elkstone Group.

Stonebriar, a first-time gelding coming off a third-place finish in the Maryland Million Nursery, was a clear second. Nasa , the 2-5 favorite on the basis of his fast maiden win at Laurel Park in September, rallied from fifth  to nose out Mini Cosmo for third.

Miss Bullistic, based in Maryland, had won the Selima Stakes at Laurel as part of her perfect record on grass. Ridden for the first time by Jevian Toledo, Miss Bullistic ($10.20) launched a late, wide rally in the final furlong of the 6 1/2-furlong Freyer  to nose out second-time starter Mondor. Pattitude, a maiden shipping in from Kentucky, was a nose behind the runner-up and a head in front of 70-1 outsider Lust for Diamonds. Kawfee Far Mara never threatened and finished seventh as the 3-2 favorite.

Trained by Hamilton Smith for owner Kathleen Willner, Miss Bullistic covered the distance in 1:20.26 for her first win in four tries on dirt. She spent the early part of her life at Franklin Smith Sr.'s Elloree Training Center in South Carolina.

Margaret Garrett More than 1 year ago
Franklin Smith's Elloree Training Center also started Mondor and Pattitude. All three of these fillies were in the same barn...trained together...worked together...and I do believe you could have put a rub rag over their noses in this race!! We're so proud!!!
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to Duff and his connections! What this article failed to mention about this guy is that 4 of his 5 career starts had been on synthetic (perhaps due to his breeding, a son of Candy Ride). BUT his best speed figure was on dirt! An 82. Today, he proved he could rate behind the pace-setters. In the garden spot. And win on dirt. He demonstrated to me in today's race that he's learning his lessons. And he dueled and won. The dueling characteristic was indicated in his past performances. I took a shot with him . Thank you, Duff.