06/14/2008 11:00PM

Hystericalady dominates in Fleur de Lis


Hystericalady loomed a class standout on paper in Saturday's Grade 2, $321,900 Fleur De Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. And her dominance extended on the racetrack, as well.

Under confident handling from jockey Garrett Gomez, Hystericalady easily won the Fleur De Lis, scoring by 7 1/2 lengths over Initforthekandy after being geared down in the final sixteenth of a mile.

Favored at 1-2 odds, Hystericalady - the runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff - looked the part of a winner throughout, easily pressing Initforthekandy through a slow pace of 24.78 seconds for a quarter-mile and 49.89 for the half in the 1o1/8-mile race for older fillies and mares.

Midway on the turn Hystericalady ($3) made her move, taking command with six furlongs in 1:13.67, and after being asked to open up on the field in early stretch, she coasted to the wire as much the best. She ran the nine furlongs on a fast track in 1:50.88.

"You just kind of had to hang on," said Gomez said of his task.

Initforthekandy held on bravely for the runner-up spot, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of Kathleens Reel. Aspiring and Peach Flambe completed the order of finish in a field reduced to five when Cowgirls Don't Cry was scratched to run in Saturday's Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park in New York.

Hystericalady, who ran third at Churchill Downs on May 3 in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff when pushed into a fast pace, found the fractions of the Fleur De Lis more to her liking.

"We were beaten in May but vindicated ourselves today," winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

A 5-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor owned by Rancho San Miguel, Hystericalady recorded her ninth win in 19 starts and elevated her earnings to more than $1.5 million .

Regret: Pure Clan makes right moves

Pure Clan kept elite company last winter and this spring when facing the likes of Proud Spell and Eight Belles. Trainer Bob Holthus thought a brief respite and a switch to the turf following a third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks would be the right move toward a productive second half of the season for the stretch-running filly, and that plan looked good Saturday when Pure Clan drew off to defeat four other 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes.

With Julien Leparoux aboard, Pure Clan ($4) surged past C J's Leelee in the final furlong after tracking the pace under a snug hold.

"Today my filly wanted to run," said Leparoux. "She was kind of aggressive, but she wanted to run. She had a kick at the end, and that was good."

C J's Leelee held second, 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner and another 1 1/2 lengths in front of Zee Zee.

Pure Clan, a Kentucky-bred by Pure Prize, is owned by the partnership of IEAH Stables, Lewis Lakin, and Pegasus Holding Group Stables. She now has won 5 of 8 career starts, including all three of her starts on grass. She earned $134,540 from a total purse of $217,000 and ran the 1o1/8-mile distance in 1:49.86 over a turf course rated good.

- Marty McGee

Jefferson Cup: Tizdejavu wires field

Tizdejavu proved an aptly named winner of the Grade 2 Jefferson Cup, leading from the start to finish, just as he did in winning the Grade 3 Crown Royal American Turf at Churchill on May 2.

Allowed to run freely by jockey Garrett Gomez, Tizdejavu ($8) opened up a commanding lead in the 1 1/8-mile Jefferson Cup on turf, setting reasonable splits of 24.48, 48.06, and 1:12.37 - and had plenty left to maintain a clear advantage in the stretch. He crossed the wire four lengths in front of runner-up Golden Yank, with favored Old Man Buck a half-length farther behind in third.

Gomez said there wasn't a lot of pace in the race, and he felt comfortable when another speed horse, Wicked Style, with Julien Leparoux aboard, took back into the first turn, perhaps sensing that Gomez and Tizdejavu were intent on the lead.

"I was able to set a nice cruising speed," Gomez said.

Greg Fox, who trains Tizdejavu for owners Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth, said his colt continues to improve.

"Everything he has been doing has been easier and easier for him," he said.

Tizdejavu, a son of two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, covered the distance in 1:49.15.

- Byron King

Mint Julep: Dreaming of Anna rolls

Dreaming of Anna, the champion juvenile filly of 2006 who has developed into a top-class turf horse as an older mare, won the Grade 3 Early Times Mint Julep at Churchill Downs Saturday in a romp.

Making the lead comfortably under Garrett Gomez - who won three of Saturday's six stakes at Churchill Downs - she cruised untested on the front end and dominated from start to finish. With only moderate pressure being applied early by Street Sounds, she got away with a leisurely half-mile in 48.34 seconds in the 1 1/16-mile turf race and pulled away thereafter.

Ballymore Lady rallied to grab second, and Kiss With a Twist narrowly outfinishing Sprung for third.

The winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Rahy, is owned by Frank Calabrese and trained by Wayne Catalano. The Mint Julep was her third graded stakes triumph of the year, following victories in the Endeavor and Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs over the winter.

She ran the 1 1/16 miles on firm course in 1:42.77, paying $3.

Byron King