11/03/2001 12:00AM

Friday Stakes Recaps


Mystic Lady controls Honey Bee

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Following Mystic Lady's easy 5 1/2-length victory over Latour in Friday night's Grade 3 $200,000 Honey Bee Handicap at The Meadowlands, trainer Mark Hennig approaches the end of the 2001 season with an embarrassment of riches in the fillies and mares division

The 3-year-old Mystic Lady kicked away from the pace pressure of Shiny Band and turned back Latour's rail rally while in complete control under jockey Eibar Coa. Mystic Lady has won three straight graded stakes and joins Summit Stakes winner Unrestrained and graded stakes winner Raging Fever as top Hennig-trained prospects heading into the winter.

"She's got a big future and is looking awfully strong, like she wants to run as a 4-year-old," said Hennig. "She's grown a lot in the last few months and she's doing so good it's tough to stop on her. But we'll freshen her up and bring her back next year. Her family all seemed to get better with age.

"We've really picked out some easy spots for her and she hasn't had to really step up against the best fillies in the division, but I think she's ready to face them now," Hennig added.

Mystic Lady ($3.40) ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:42.29.

- Rowland Hoyt

Remington: Western Delight rallies

Western Delight ran down odds-on favorite Darlin Dixie to win the $25,000 Carris Memorial Handicap at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on Friday. Darlin Dixie finished a half-length back in second after setting the pace. It was another 9 1/2 lengths back to third-place finisher Islay Mist.

Western Delight trailed the field early in the one-mile race for fillies and mares, then mounted a strong rally through the stretch to catch Darlin Dixie. She covered the distance over a fast track in 1:39.10, and returned $7.40. Jockey Luis Quinonez rode the winner for trainer Randy Oberlander.

Western Delight, a 3-year-old, has won two stakes in three starts this meet. The $15,000 she earned for the Carris win improved her earnings to $67,790 for owner Clark Brewster.

- Mary Rampellini

Lone Star: Jockey title goes down to wire

Juan Vazquez overtook Alvin Brossette and Jacky Martin late to win the second annual American Quarter Horse Association Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park near Dallas before a crowd of 4,325.

Vazquez trailed Brossette and Martin heading into the final leg of the four-race competition, but managed to win the feature with The Jovial ($13.20) to overtake those two on the points scale and win the Jockey Championship.

Jockeys were awarded points for their finishes in each of the four races of the competition, and the rider with the most points after the feature was declared the overall winner. Vazquez earned 24 points to win the title, while Brossette was second with 21.

Vazquez paid $5 to win the overall competition as part of a special proposition wager that enabled patrons to bet on the jockeys. Vazquez topped a $46 exacta with second-place finisher Brossette, and a $217.60 trifecta with third-place finisher Martin.

Vazquez, a native of San Miguel, Mexico, who is having the best year of his career with more than $1.3 million in purse earnings, is the regular rider of Pivotal Decision, a top 3-year-old Quarter Horse who earlier this meet won the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star.

- Mary Rampellini