01/20/2013 6:24PM

Oaklawn: American Sugar collects third stakes win in Dixie Belle

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The 3-year-old filly American Sugar carries Alex Birzer to an easy victory in the Dixie Belle Stakes.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- American Sugar closed with authority to win the third stakes race of her career in the $60,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Oaklawn Park. She won by seven lengths over Little Miss Fitz, while it was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third to 4-5 favorite Lady Stonewall.

The Dixie Belle shared a card with the $60,000 American Beauty won by Cheery ($3.80).

American Sugar ($10.80) broke out at the start of the six-furlong Dixie Belle and trailed early as Baby Princess proceeded to set fractions of 22.13 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.45 for the half-mile. American Sugar launched a strong bid around the turn, came five wide into the stretch,  and rolled home, to cover the distance on a track rated fast in 1:11.66.

“She’s so push-button,” said Alex Birzer, who rode the winner for Poindexter Thoroughbreds and trainer Lynn Chleborad.

American Sugar’s other stakes wins came in the $75,000 Gold Lassie at 5 1/2 furlongs at Prairie Meadows in July and the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial at 6 1/2 furlongs at Remington Park in October.

Chleborad said American Sugar would probably stretch out to two turns for her next start. The next 3-year-old filly stakes on the Oaklawn calendar is the $75,000 Martha Washington at a mile on Feb. 9.

Cheery scores in American Beauty

Cheery comfortably held off a bid from All About Allie to win the first stakes race of her career in the American Beauty for older fillies and mares. She won by 1 1/4 lengths, while All About Allie held second, 2 3/4 lengths in front of third-place finisher Formal Plan.

Cheery tracked the pace set by Mysterious Chimes, who took the field through factions of 22.35 for the opening quarter and 46.57 for the half-mile. Cheery moved to the lead in midstretch  and then held off the late-running All About Allie to win the six-furlong race in 1:11.58.

“We had a good break,” said Victor Lebron, who rode the winner for trainer Al Stall Jr. “She settled perfectly for me. I just waited for the right time, pushed the button, and she was there.”

Cheery races for the partnership of Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. She is a 4-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor and the Grade 2-winning mare Yell.