12/05/2015 4:38PM

Lady Sabelia delivers as heavy favorite in Willa On the Move

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Lady Sabelia, ridden by Horatio Karamanos, draws away from Disco Chick to win the Willa On the Move for the second time.

On paper, Lady Sabelia looked much faster than her opponents in Saturday’s $100,000 Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel Park. And that’s just how it played out on the racetrack.

Sent off as the overwhelming 1-5 choice in a field of eight female sprinters, Lady Sabelia captured the Willa On the Move for the second straight year. She gave regular rider Horatio Karamanos his second victory on the card, covering six furlongs in 1:10.17. Sitting third early, Lady Sabelia made a three-wide move on the turn to take the lead.

"Around the turn she wanted to go and I didn't want to stop her," Karamanos said.

It was the fourth win in six starts this season for the 5-year-old Lady Sabelia ($2.40), including the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel in February. She has 10 career stakes victories, seven at Laurel.

Parx shipper Disco Chick finished second at 16-1, 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner. Lionhearted Lady, coming off a win in the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, was third.

Cathryn Sophia cruises in Gin Talking

Cathryn Sophia was even more dominant in her stakes debut than she was when she crushed eight opponents in her first career start, romping by 16 1/4 lengths in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Based at Parx Racing with trainer John Servis, Cathryn Sophia ($2.20) set fractions of 23.02 seconds and 46.63 to control the seven-furlong race. Despite racing on her left lead through the stretch, she widened her margin, completing the distance in 1:23.17 under jockey Roberto Rosado. That was more than a second faster than the 2-year-old colt Vorticity ran the same distance winning the Maryhlander later on the card.

"She does everything so easy and she's very well behaved and acts like a race horse," Servis said. "She was a little bit of a challenge getting there, but once we got over the hump and she started training on a regular basis she showed some talent. But I had no idea she was going to be this good."     

A daughter of Street Boss, Cathryn Sophia races for Cash Is King.

Prognosis, coming off an allowance win at Keeneland, finished second, 5 1/2 lengths clear of the second-start maiden Thundering Sky.

Vorticity takes Marylander

Vorticity held off 1-2 favorite Never Gone South by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Marylander for 2-year-olds.

Returning to Maryland after winning his maiden in his second career start nearly a month ago at Aqueduct, Vorticity ($6), ridden for the first time by Victor Carrasco, put his head in front of pacesetter Tale of E Dubai after six furlongs in 1:11.63 and withstood the challenge of Never Gone South, who was coming off a good second in last month’s James Lewis Stakes. The winning time for seven furlongs was 1:24.63.

Runningfromthefeds was third at 6-1, 3 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up.

A son of Distorted Humor trained by James Lawrence for Matthew Schera, Vorticity is now 2 for 3.