10/06/2007 11:00PM

Ideal trip sets up Idiot Proof for win

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Idiot Proof was the beneficiary of an ideal trip under jockey David Flores in Sunday's $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. The same could not be said for the journey of Greg's Gold, the 7-10 favorite.

Idiot Proof won the Grade 1 race over six furlongs by three-quarters of a length over Greg's Gold, who was stuck behind horses for most of the final quarter-mile. The victory gave Idiot Proof an automatic berth to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.

"I think this race is going to get him where he needs to be," Flores said of the Ancient Title.

Flores kept Idiot Proof behind pacesetter Bordonaro through a quick pace of 21.69 and 43.87 seconds. Entering the stretch, Idiot Proof went past Bordonaro and held his ground when jockey Victor Espinoza on Greg's Gold was searching for room between horses.

Idiot Proof finished six furlongs in 1:07.57, the first Grade 1 win for the colt owned by breeders Marty and Pam Wygod and trained by Clifford Sise. Idiot Proof, 3, has won 5 of 8 starts and $430,136.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the stretch run but did not change the order of finish.

Greg's Gold finished a head in front of Barbecue Eddie in the field of five. The result was frustrating for David Hofmans, Greg's Gold's trainer.

"I think he probably would have won," Hofmans said. "I wished (Espinoza) would have gone wide, but he said he never had a chance to go wide."

*A patient ride aboard Out of Control from jockey Michael Baze in Sunday's $252,000 Oak Tree Mile Stakes has left the 4-year-old Brazilian-bred on the short list of contenders for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile.

With a change of tactics, staying off the pace instead of stalking the leaders, Out of Control had plenty left in the last half-mile of the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile to hold off a stubborn Zann in the final strides.

Out of Control won by a nose, finishing a mile on turf in 1:34.16.

Trained by Bobby Frankel for TNT Stud, Out of Control stalked Surf Cat through an early pace of 23.33 and 47.33 seconds. With a three-wide rally, Out of Control reached the front with a furlong to go, but was fully extended.

"My horse took off when I asked him," Baze said.

Courtnall finished third in the field of six, ahead of Get Funky, Surf Cat and Lava Man.

Lava Man was third for the first half-mile and faded through the last quarter-mile. "There was no energy level there at all," said Corey Nakatani, who rode Lava Man.

Baze was impressed by Out of Control's fight against Zann, saying. Zann "had a lot of momentum but my horse dug in," Baze said.

*Tough Tiz's Sis won her first Grade 1 in Sunday's $196,500 Lady's Secret Stakes, earning an automatic berth to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff. Now, co-owners Paul Weitman and Karl Watson must decide whether to pay a $180,000 supplemental fee to make her eligible.

Tough Tiz's Sis ($8.40) earned $105,000 by winning the Lady's Secret Stakes by a nose over Hystericalady, the 1-2 favorite. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Tough Tiz's Sis stalked Hystericalady to the top of the stretch through a slow pace of 24.26 and 48.54 seconds.

Espinoza brought Tough Tiz's Sis alongside of Hystericalady in the final furlong and reached the front in the final strides.

"From the sixteenth pole, I really had to get after my filly," Espinoza said.

Hystericalady, the winner of the Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Park in August, finished four lengths clear of third-place finisher Bai and Bai in the field of six fillies and mares.

Tough Tiz's Sis ran 1 1-16 miles in 1:41.64. The Lady's Secret was the most prestigious win of her 11-race career, which includes five wins, including the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hollywood Park last June. She has earned $389,872.