03/18/2017 7:23PM

Fast and Foxy's nose reaches wire first in Camilla Urso

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Fast and Foxy, under Catalino Martinez, owns a big lead in midstretch but has to hold on by a nose in the Camilla Urso.

Trainer Holly Evans was feeling good as Fast and Foxy opened what seemed to be a commanding lead at the eighth pole after being pressed early in the $59,625 Camilla Urso on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

But that was before Turkish Tabby unleashed a strong closing kick that had Evans saying, “Wire, wire, wire” as Fast and Foxy’s lead diminished. But the wire came up just in time as Fast and Foxy, ridden by Catalino Martinez, held on by a nose to win her second straight stakes.

Fast and Foxy ($4.40), a  7-year-old Thisnearlywasmine mare, has scored five straight wire-to-wire victories against her own sex, losing only to male stakes winner Quick and Silver during that period.

“She’s tough,” said Evans. “She gives her all every time. I thought we were in the clear as she pulled away from Code Warrior, but Frank [Alvarado] really started coming on his filly.

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Turkish Tabby ran second to Fast and Foxy for the second straight time. She lost by two lengths in a Feb. 24 allowance race. Code Warrior was another one-half length back in third as Fast and Foxy, who ran 21.93 seconds, 44.45, and 56.43 fractions, won the six-furlong race in 1:09.20.

The victory, worth $39,400, was the 15th of her career, all coming at Golden Gate Fields. She has earned $437,328 for Evans and partner Joe Daehling, who bred the mare.