04/22/2006 12:00AM

Prairie: Keystone Gulch wins first stakes


Keystone Gulch ($7) stalked the pace to the stretch before kicking clear to score a 1 1/2-length victory over Acajou in the $50,000 Goldfinch Stakes, the opening night feature of the Prairie Meadows meeting Friday.

Keystone Gulch, under jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., covered the six furlongs in 1:10.98 while scoring her first stakes win and her fourth win overall in five lifetime starts for trainer Ron Shenofsky. Keystone Gulch, a 3-year-old daughter of Gulch, ran her career earnings to $79,980 with her Goldfinch score.

Acajou rallied for the place, 1 1/2 lengths clear of 6-5 favorite Jazzy Okie, who gained third at the wire after suffering a rough trip. The exacta was worth $40.60 and the trifecta returned $120.60.