10/20/2006 11:00PM

Mohawk: Certifiably Crazy scores


ELMONT, N.Y. –Certifiably Crazy may have clinched his second consecutive New York-bred male turf championship by running past Retribution in midstretch and holding off Classic Fran at the wire to take the $150,000 by a neck.

Classic Fran, making his first start since June, got second by a neck over Continental Reins. Retribution, who beat Certifiably Crazy in the Ashley T. Cole Handicap, lost by 1 1/4 lengths after setting demanding fractions.

Certifiably Crazy, a son of Fit to Fight owned by Double S Stable, trained by Richard Schosberg and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, added the Mohawk to wins in the West Point and Draw Shot. Saturday, he covered the 1o1/8 miles in 1:51.56 over yielding turf and paid $8.60 to win.

"We wanted to try and get that turf championship again like we did last year, and this was the key; we had to win this race to do it," Schosberg said. "I think Cornelio was the difference. He saved the ground turning for home and it was a dogfight."

* Garrett Gomez won his third stakes of the day as No Reason ($8.60) rallied down the center of the main track to win the $125,000 Iroquois Handicap by a length over Great Lady K. It was three lengths back to Carlow, who nosed out favored Her Royal Nibs for third.

It was the fourth consecutive win on dirt for No Reason, who won the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes in September and divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct and Belmont in the spring.

No Reason, a 3-year-old daughter of Precise End, owned by Winter Park Partners and trained by Scott Blasi, covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.23 and returned $8.60 to win.

* Chief's Lake ($3.40) roared past Solid Strike turning for home and drew clear for a four-length victory in the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-bred juveniles. Solid Strike, who took the lead from a fast-breaking Chief's Lake just before the opening quarter, finished second by 5 3/4 lengths over Good Prospect.

Chief's Lake, a son of Yonaguska owned by Vinery Stables, trained by Blasi and ridden by Gomez, covered the mile in 1:38.03.

* Grand Merger ($23.40) rallied from last under Kent Desormeaux to win the $100,000 Maid of the Mist Stakes by three-quarters of a length over My Kitty, who got second by a head over Laurentide Ice.

Win With a Wink, the even-money favorite, finished a well-beaten fifth. It was her first loss in four career starts.

Grand Merger, a full-brother to Grade 1 winner Stephen Got Even, saved ground under Desormeaux until the top of the stretch when he tipped three wide and bumped with Megan's World. Grand Merger closed stoutly to covered the one mile in 1:38.35.

Grand Merger is owned by his breeders, Chester and Mary Broman, and trained by John Kimmel.

o Latitude Forty ($14.40) won a furlong stretch duel with Homerette to win the $69,450 Terravigne Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Latitude Forty, a 3-year-old daughter of Chester House, is owned by Dee Zee Stable and trained by John Herter. Desormeaux rode the winner, for his third stakes score on the card.