09/05/2004 11:00PM

Labor day stakes recaps (9/6/04)


* Gunning For ($72.70), the longest shot in a field of seven 3-year-old turf runners despite winning two of his last three starts, rallied from last by going six wide on the final turn under Roberto Alvarado Jr. to win the $55,100 Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park by 1 1/4 lengths. Previously unbeaten Cockleshell finished fourth as the even-money favorite.

* Captain Chessie ($10.40) scored his second consecutive wire-to-wire victory when he cruised to a four-length win in the $50,000 Taking Risks Stakes, the closing-day feature at Timonium. Cherokee's Boy tired and finished fourth as the 3-5 favorite.

* Favored Spruce's Prince outfinished Old Lee after a lengthy stretch duel to capture Monday's $50,000 Scott's Scoundrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Nitro Chip finished third. Spruce's Prince ($5.20) is trained by Gerald Romero for William Deckwa and was ridden by leading rider Lonnie Meche.

* Real Echo ($5.60) won the $75,000 Governor's Buckeye Handicap at Thistledown by six lengths. Chuckie's in Love rallied for second in the 1 1/4-mile race for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds and up, with Xtra Jack third.

* The Kim Hammond-trained Yukon's Gambler won her maiden in the $25,000 Buckpasser at Fairmount Park, holding off favored Kahok in the six-furlong race for 2-year-olds. In Monday's seventh race, Tazi trampled jockey Vincente Flores as the horses were released from the starting gate. Flores was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.