05/21/2011 6:04PM

Presque Isle: Fugitive Angel, Gator Bay win stakes


Fugitive Angel used a ground-saving trip under jockey Mario Pino to take the $74,625 Ambassador of Luck for female Pennsylvania-breds at Presque Isle Downs on Saturday.

Fugitive Angel was last early in the six-furlong event. Pino moved the 4-year-old old filly closer on the turn and they got through along the rail in the stretch to pass the six others in the race. Fugitive Angel drew clear late to win by a length while wrapped up. It was the first sprint win for Fugitive Angel over a synthetic surface. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Fugitive Angel ran the six furlongs in 1:11.13.

Pacesetting Looky Here was second, two lengths in front of Hygh Jacque in third. Fugitive Angel returned $3.60 to win.

Gator Bay led from gate to wire in the $73,125 Presidentialaffair for male statebreds. Jockey Erick Rodriguez hustled Gator Bay away from the gate and made every pole a winning one, with the final margin one length. Trained by Flint Stites, Gator Bay bested four other older horses in the six-furlong event.

Whistle Pig made his signature late move but was unable to overtake the winner under Dale Beckner. Zoeling was third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Whistle Pig. The running time for the six-furlong event was 1:10.42 and Gator Bay returned $5.20 to win.