07/01/2006 12:00AM

More Than Regal up in time in Iowa Derby


ALTOONA, Iowa - More Than Regal took advantage of a ground-saving trip under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and rallied to collar pacesetting Blazing Sunset in deep stretch to score a half-length victory in Friday's $250,000 at Prairie Meadows.

More Than Regal ($20) tracked the pace from the rail while racing in midpack to the stretch in the 1 1/16-mile derby. Bridgmohan switched More Than Regal outside of Blazing Sunset in upper stretch, and the pair wore that rival down for the win.

Blazing Sunset, the 3-1 second choice, set the pace while being well rated by jockey Tyler Baze through a half-mile in 47.27 seconds. Blazing Sunset was game through the stretch, finishing second, 2 1/2 lengths clear of Wait in Line, who finished third. Circle the World, the 3-2 favorite, was never a serious threat and checked in fourth, a neck behind Wait in Line.

Steve Asmussen trains More Than Regal, who scored his second stakes win and his third victory in 10 starts. The $150,000 winner's share of the derby purse more than doubled More Than Regal's career earnings to $271,431.

Oaks: Baghdaria catches 'Maggie'

Baghdaria ($5.60) stalked pacesetting Maggie Slew to the stretch and caught her in the final furlong for a half-length victory in Grade 2 . Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode Baghdaria to victory while covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.12.

Maggie Slew, the 9-5 co-favorite, set a moderate pace, getting the opening half-mile in 47.62 seconds under jockey Julien Leparoux. Maggie Slew could not hold off the winner late and finished second, 1 1/4 lengths clear of Brownie Points, who rallied for the show.

Tom Amoss trains Baghdaria, who scored the second graded stakes win of her career in the $200,000 Oaks. Baghdaria has now won 4 of her 9 starts, good for $358,490 in earnings.

Saylorville: Hot Storm comes through

Hot Storm ($3.20) took command entering the turn and was not headed thereafter on her way to a 1 1/2-length victory over Miss Macy Sue in the $100,000 for fillies and mares. Leparoux rode Hot Storm, who clocked the six furlongs in a quick 1:09.11. The 3-year-old Miss Macy Sue dueled inside of the winner on the backstretch and continued willingly through the stretch to finish 2 3/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Katy Smiles.

Dallas Stewart trains Hot Storm, a 4-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic, who scored her ninth victory in 20 starts. The Saylorville victory sends Hot Storm's career earnings to $620,607. Robert Adams is the owner and co-breeder of Hot Storm.