04/07/2013 5:38PM

Oaklawn: Devil and a Half provides Canchari with first stakes win in Arkansas Breeders'

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Alex Canchari, who just became a jouirneyman rider last month, earns his first career stakes victory aboard Devil and a Half in the Arkansas Breeders' Stakes.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Devil and a Half gave his jockey, Alex Canchari, the first stakes win of his career Sunday at Oaklawn Park, when he successfully defended his title in the $60,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes. Devil and a Half won by six lengths over favorite Humble Smarty, while it was another length back in third to Presidential Colors.

The win was one of three on the card for trainer Mac Robertson. 

Canchari won the first race of his career last January at Oaklawn and graduated to journeyman status last month. His score in the Arkansas Breeders’ came with the 11th stakes mount of his career. 

Devil and a Half ($6.80) settled in fourth on Sunday as Humble Smarty set a controlled pace of 24.27 seconds for the opening quarter and 49.01 for the half-mile. Approaching the quarter pole, Devil and a Half slipped past the leader along the rail, and then proceeded to open up on the field while covering 1 1/16 miles on a track rated fast in 1:46.54.

Devil and a Half has now won 6 of 24 starts and $196,407. He is a 6-year-old gelding by Storm and a Half and races for Jeff Ryan.

Robertson’s other winners Sunday came in the second race with Back Forty ($6.20) and the seventh race with I Am the Sheriff ($12.80).