01/17/2015 7:12PM

Power Ped takes advantage of class drop to win Cotton Fitzsimmons

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Power Ped wins the Cotton Fitzsimmons Handicap by two lengths Saturday at Turf Paradise.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Power Ped ($4.60) had been knocking heads with graded stakes types in southern California, so when he got some class relief Saturday at Turf Paradise, he took full advantage, proving a smart winner of the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile.

Owned by Stepaside Farms LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, the son of Powerscourt showed enough speed under Flavien Prat to stalk the pace in third in the mile turf contest while saving ground, came out for the stretch run, surged to the lead in mid-stretch, and edged clear to win comfortably by two lengths.

Red Zeus sat mid-pack and rallied for second, a neck in front of Az Ridge. Storm Power, generally considered the top older male on the grounds regardless of surface, set the pace under pressure and tired some to finish fifth in the field of 10.

Power Ped, the 6-5 favorite, ran the distance in 1:35.44. The winner’s share of $44,175 gives him earnings of $274,432 from four wins in 18 starts.

Rock and Glory captures Glendale Handicap

Rock and Glory ($7) and Lady Rosberg continued their rivalry with Rock and Glory getting the upper hand, using her speed to capture the $35,000 Glendale Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Owned by Mercedes Stables LLC and trained by Robertino Diodoro, Rock and Glory blasted out to a clear lead, as big as 8 lengths going down the backstretch. She continued clear under Daniel Vergara and while her rival closed in she’d given herself enough of a buffer to hold on and win by three-quarters of a length.

Lady Rosberg was in closest pursuit from the start but allowed the leader to remain clear. She doggedly went after her in the lane but just couldn’t quite get to her, finishing well clear of third finisher She’s Stella Marie. Ricspretentiousgal, the 6-5 favorite off after being a sharp second to Lady Rosberg in the Queen of the Green, ran evenly, finishing a non-threatening fifth in the field of seven distaffers.

She previously ran third to Lady Rosberg in the Queen of the Green at a mile on turf here Nov. 15 before finishing second in the Kachina Handicap (on dirt), 4 1/2 lengths ahead of Lady Rosberg in third.

Rock and Glory, a 7-year-old daughter of Rock Hard Ten, ran the distance in 1:43.28. The winner’s share of $21,266 gives her earnings of $161,628 from four wins in 15 starts.