Updated on 09/15/2011 12:39PM

Friday Stakes Roudup


Asian Adventure doesn't need any help in CHRB at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. - Trainer Clifford Sise did not need two fillies to win Friday's $125,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar.

Sise scratched Whitewinesipper, but ran Asian Adventure ($9.40), who upset Fancy Prancer, the 3-5 favorite from the Midwest.

Asian Adventure caught 40-1 Martial's Princess in the final sixteenth to win the CTBA Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths, finishing 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.75. Believe in Slew finished third in the field of seven, closing from sixth.

Francy Prancer, who was unbeaten in two starts, at Canterbury Downs and Prairie Meadows, was one of four fillies trying for the lead on the backstretch, but was out of contention at the top of the stretch. She finished last, 7 1/2 lengths behind Asian Adventure.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Asian Adventure was always close to the pace. She was second to Martial's Princess on the backstretch, and moved around the pacesetter in the stretch to take the lead.

"She just kept trying and trying," Solis said.

The CTBA Stakes, for 2-year-old state-bred fillies, was Asian Adventure's first stakes win in four starts for owners Lynn Ballantyne and Randy Welty. They also own Whitewinesipper, who will be pointed for the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old California-breds on Aug. 29, Sise said.

"Why run them both?" Sise said. "I think Whitewinesipper is a better filly."

- Steve Andersen

Horsemen's Park: Track record falls

OMAHA, Neb. - Friday was the first of three days of live racing at Horsemen's Park, as an estimated 8,000 fans came for the start of the track's fourth meeting.

Tizablaze and rider Jerry Carkeek set a track record for six furlongs, 1:10.80, in the first race, a $25,000 starter allowance. Two races later, Pretty Boy Pete lowered the mark to 1:10.20 against $10,000 claiming company.

Oglala Sue, making her first appearance in her home state, won the $25,000 Huskerette Stakes for 3-year-old state-bred fillies going one mile. Trained by Hugh Robertson for Lincoln-based owner Don Everett, Oglala Sue was coming off a win over allowance company at Arlington Park on June 22.

Under Glenn Corbett, Oglala Sue rolled up to the leaders heading into the far turn of the five-eighths-mile oval, and ran away to a 13 3/4-length victory in 1:37.60.

Horsemen's Park first opened for simulcasting in January 1998, three years after AKsarben in Omaha closed for live racing. To satisfy a state law that allows simulcasting only at a licensed racetrack, Horsemen's Park conducts a short live meet each year.

It raced on two days in 1998, running two races each day, and this year the track running four races a day, each with a minimum purse of $25,000.

- Bill Hodtwalker