07/22/2006 12:00AM

Miss Mary Pat takes Silver Spur BC


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Miss Mary Pat put in a determined stretch bid to overtake Waterloo Slew and win the $65,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup by a half-length at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

"She's got a lot of grit and guts to her," said Quincy Hamilton, who rode Miss Mary Pat. "She's a nice filly."

The win was the third straight for Miss Mary Pat, a 2-year-old who earlier in the meet won a trial race and its finale, the $111,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity.

Miss Mary Pat ($3.60) broke well and sat in fourth along the rail as Lunarlady, Waterloo Slew and Ramblin Sally dueled through an opening quarter in 22.45 seconds. Waterloo Slew broke away from her pace rivals through a half-mile in 45.29, while Miss Mary Pat moved to the outside of rivals at the quarter pole. From there, Miss Mary Pat dug in to catch Waterloo Slew, covering the distance in 1:11.43.

"She was strong to the end," said Hamilton, who was aboard for trainer Scott Blasi.

Miss Mary Pat earned $24,000 for the win, which was her third in four career starts. She now has career earnings of $101,598. She is a daughter of Service Stripe. Miss Mary Pat races for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Ro Parra. Parra also bred Miss Mary Pat.

Gallant Dreamer rallied for third, finishing four and three-quarter lengths behind runner-up Waterloo Slew.

Nobodywantmetilnow wins Bob Johnson

One race later, Nobodywantmetilnow rallied through the stretch to win the $40,000 Bob Johnson Memorial. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward was run on turf for the first time, and Nobodywantmetilnow won by a length over Cajole. It was another neck back in third to favorite Waupaca.

Nobodywantmetoknow ($19) raced well back early, as Charming Socialite led the field through six furlongs in 1:10.25, stalked by Waupaca. Nobodywantmetilnow swung wide into the stretch and closed well to finish the distance in 1:34.90.

"When you get rolling, you just need to keep him in a clear spot," said Glen Murphy, who rode the winner for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Nobodywantmetilnow earned $24,000 for the win, which was his fifth from 14 career starts. His earnings now stand at $106,360. Nobodywantmetilnow races for the partnership of Arthur and Mary Bauer and Steve L. Robbins.