Updated on 09/17/2011 9:58PM

Nightmare Affair has easy time

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Jim Lisa
Nightmare Affair wins the $75,000 Groomstick Handicap at Calder on Saturday.

Nightmare Affair could not overcome early trouble and some classy competition in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap on July 10, but he did not have a straw in his path en route to an easy 6 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Groomstick Handicap at Calder.

Nightmare Affair finished third behind Woke Up Dreamin and Toscani after being roughed up leaving the starting gate in the Smile. In the Groomstick, Nightmare Affair got a perfect trip just off the pace of Scrubs and Swift Replica, moved readily to command into the stretch, then drew off with complete authority under jockey Eddie Castro.

Lawbook rallied from last to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Swift Replica. Mister Fotis, who finished just behind Nightmare Affair in the Smile, never got untracked after breaking a step slowly and finished last of six in the Groomstick.

Nightmare Affair, a 4-year-old son of Out of Place, covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.04 over a fast track and paid $4.60.

"He gets better with every passing day," said Manny Azpurua who trains Nightmare Affair for the Timber Side Stables. "He's improving with age. He'll stay right here and we'll look for a race every month or so, probably a race up to a mile on turf or dirt."- Mike Welsch

River Downs: Flip Side best of class

Flip Side ($4.80) cemented her claim on the Ohio-bred 3-year-old filly title with a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Queen City Oaks at River Downs.

Under a confident ride by jockey Lori Wydick, Flip Side set a slow early pace of 25 and 49.80 seconds. Bold Passage, the slight favorite in a field of seven, raced three wide down the backside, and then grabbed the lead from Flip Side around the far turn and drew off by two lengths. Shifting off the rail at the top of the stretch, Flip Side rallied on the outside of Bold Passage, caught that rival inside the final furlong and drew clear, covering 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:53. Longshot Bring Spring finished third, 12 lengths behind Bold Passage.

The Oaks was the third consecutive stakes win for Flip Side, who previously won the Tomboy Stakes at River and the Petro Memorial at Thistledown. Flip Side is owned by her breeder, Dr. Harold Fishman, and is trained by Bill Napier.