09/28/2013 5:05PM

Florida: Parranda takes Our Dear Peggy at Gulfstream Park

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Pachanga Party leads throughout to win the $85,000 Birdonthewire at Calder on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Parranda, who usually does her best running from mid-pack or beyond, found herself closer than usual to a snail-like pace and made the most of the golden opportunity, drawing off to a 2 1/4-length victory over Millennia in Saturday’s $100,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Sola Gratia, the even-money favorite, finished fourth after steadying in traffic on the final turn.

Jockey Elvis Trujillo deserves much of the credit for Parranda’s performance, sensing the slow pace and allowing his filly to stalk early leader Dreamlicious from the outset of the one-mile Our Dear Peggy.

Dreamlicious set splits of 26.52 for the opening quarter and 52.43 for the half, with the scratched-reduced field of six bunched in the run down the backstretch. Parranda readily overtook the leader after six furlongs before edging well clear when roused down the stretch.

Millennia rallied mildly to outfinish Creative License by a nose to be second. Sola Gratia raced within easy striking distance of the leaders from the outset but had to take up in traffic near the quarter pole and could not seriously threatened thereafter.

Parranda, a son of English Channel, completed the distance in 1:39.77 over a firm course and paid $5.80.

“Elvis knows her very well,” said trainer Rodolfo Garcia. “I was a little concerned  when she was so close because that’s not the race I’m used to, but when I saw 26 and 52 I relaxed a little bit.”

Trujillo said his original plan was to take Parranda off the pace, as usual.

“She broke sharp and I realized the pace was so slow I took a chance, stayed close, and it all worked out,” said Trujillo.

Calder: Secret Kitten, Pachanga Party win

Secret Kitten remained undefeated and gave trainer Kathleen O’Connell another 2-year-old stakes win at Calder, rallying to an easy 3 1/2-length triumph over longshot Chinta Mia in the $85,000 Cassidy Stakes. City in Sky finished third.

Secret Kitten, a homebred daughter of Discreet Cat owned by Gilbert Campbell, needed nearly 29 seconds to complete her final quarter-mile, but was never seriously threatened after opening a long lead in early stretch under jockey Antonio Gallardo. She covered six furlongs in 1:14.47 and paid $3.20 for her third win in as many starts.

Pachanga Party also kept his record unblemished, leading throughout for a 1 3/4-length triumph over Pallium Prize in the $85,000 Birdonthewire. Monmouth invader Run for Logistics finished a tiring third as the 1-2 favorite. Pachanga Party, trained by Wesley Ward for owner-breeder Larry Bell, was ridden to victory by Abdiel Jaen and returned $25.20.