09/16/2017 4:42PM

On Leave holds off Light Up Our World in All Along Stakes

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On Leave paid $3.40 in winning the All Along Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park.

LAUREL, Md. - On Leave had to work for it, but she held on gamely in the stretch of the $150,000 All Along Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday to win by a length.

The All Along was the richest of six stakes on the De Francis Dash undercard.

Jockey Forest Boyce moved On Leave up to prompt a reasonable pace just off front-running Light Up Our World in the All Along, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Following fractions of 24.22 and 48.21, On Leave took the lead coming to the quarter pole.

Light Up Our World tried to re-rally in upper stretch, but could not stay with the winner. Jockey Horacio Karamanos took Paige outside On Leave in upper stretch and she loomed a danger a furlong out, but lacked the needed closing response and nosed out Light Up Our World for second.

"She was dragging me the whole way," Boyce said. "I had to stay after her in the stretch. She ran really well."

On Leave, who is trained by Shug McGaughey, paid $3.40. She covered the distance in 1:40.24 following a six-furlong split of 1:11.50. Her owner and breeder Stuart S. Janney II was on hand for the win.

On Leave, a 4-year-old daughter of War Front, is now 6 for 12 in her career. In her last start, she finished fifth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, to Lady Eli in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga.

West Coast shipper Juno, who was expected to set the pace, stumbled at the start and raced in fifth early. She finished fourth, 2 1/2 lengths behind Light Up Our World.

Laurel Dash: Snowday holds on

Jockey Daniel Centeno put Snowday in good early position outside the leaders and he held on to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash by a head over even-money favorite Class and Cash, who raced in tight quarters through the stretch.

Snowday attended the pace outside Triple Burner and Spring to the Sky, then battled fiercely in the stretch to just last over Class and Cash. Trained by J Willard Thompson, Snowday was racing on 12 days' rest after finishing a close third in the Grade 3 Turf Monster at Parx Racing.

"I never saw the one horse coming until the last sixteenth, but my horse hung on," Centeno said.

Snowday, 7, is 3 for 4 this year and 6 for 34 in his career. He won the My Frenchman at Monmouth Park two races back.

Snowday paid $5 to win as the second choice. He was timed for six furlongs over firm turf in 1:09.02.

Class and Cash tried to work his way between horses for much of the stretch but didn't get clear sailing until it was too late. Rapid Dan finished third, a head behind Class and Cash. It was a half-length back to pacesetter Rapid Dan in fourth.

Selima: Wise Gal wins with wide move

Wise Gal swung out five wide nearing the stretch of the Selima, the first of seven stakes on the card, and pulled away to win the six-furlong turf race for 2-year-old fillies by 4 1/4 lengths.

Wise Gal is now 2 for 2 in her career. She paid $6.40 and was timed in 1:09.43 under jockey Steve "Cowboy" Hamilton.

Madame X. rallied from last while wide in the stretch to be second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Eighty Six Mets in third.

The win was the first in a stakes for Laurel-based Houghton since 2007.

"I told Cowboy coming in, 'I don't think we're going to be as close as we were in her maiden race. But don’t let it scare you. I think she'll come running.' And she did," Houghton said.

Light Up the Town, the 6-5 favorite for trainer Wesley Ward, set the pace but weakened to finish fifth.