Updated on 09/18/2011 1:41AM

Post not a problem for Straight Faced

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Straight Faced wins Saturday's $100,000 Dr. Fager Stakes at Calder.

Straight Faced left little doubt as to who rules the 2-year-old division in south Florida by cruising to an easy 4 1/4-length victory over 12 overmatched rivals in Saturday's $100,000 . The six-furlong Dr. Fager is the first leg of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Despite breaking from the extreme outside in post 13, jockey Manoel Cruz quickly put Straight Faced in perfect striking position while chasing the pace of longshot El Bandido Rojo. Straight Faced engaged the leader leaving the turn, readily edged clear near midstretch, and was being geared down by Cruz coming to the wire.

Villainage rallied mildly down the middle of the track to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of the tiring El Bandido Rojo. Green Vegas, the early division leader after an impressive debut win, raced close up down the backstretch but lost all chance after striking the inner rail entering the far turn.

Straight Faced, a son of Straight Man, is owned by Walter Donnelly and trained by Steve DiMauro. The win was the third one-sided victory in as many starts for Straight Man, who paid $3.60 after running six furlongs in 1:11.90 over a fast track.

Snow Lady holds on in Desert Vixen

Snow Lady circled rivals around the turn, drew clear in early stretch, then held off a closing bid from Silkily to register a neck victory in the $100,000 for 2-year-old fillies.

Snow Lady, a homebred daughter of Snow Ridge, is owned by Padua Stables and trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. The victory was the second in three career starts for Snow Lady, who paid $11.60 after covering six furlongs in 1:13.94.

"She looks like she is going to want to go further," said Plesa, who plans to run Snow Lady back in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes on Sept. 2.

Perfect Lie, the 4-5 favorite coming off a 6 1/2-length maiden win was the only member of the Desert Vixen field with a race under her belt going six furlongs. She raced within easy striking distance of early pacesetter Imalittlecatty but was outmoved by the winner approaching the stretch, then steadied several times in traffic once entering the stretch before finishing a disappointing and well beaten fifth.