10/29/2004 11:00PM

Royal Regalia wins Texas Turf


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - About a half-hour after his Ghostzapper won the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star Park on Saturday, Frank Stronach watched his other starter on the card, Royal Regalia, win the $100,000 Texas Turf Stakes in what was a consolation prize for the horse who did not get the one defection he needed to draw into the $1.5 million Mile.

The Texas Turf was one of three stakes on the Breeders' Cup undercard, and each was worth $100,000.

Royal Regalia ($4.80) stalked Xirius in second, overtook him after three-quarters of a mile in 1:15.37, the drew clear in the stretch for a two and a quarter length win over Kathir. The winner covered a mile and an eighth over yielding turf in 1:51.96.

"It was so nice to see him relax early," said Justin Nixon, who trains Royal Regalia for Stronach Stables. "He let that other horse go and he settled very nice."

Javier Castellano rode Royal Regalia for Nixon, and was also aboard Ghostzapper for trainer Bobby Frankel. Royal Regalia shipped to Texas from Canada.

"He'll take the winter off and hopefully be at the Breeders' Cup next year," said Nixon. "That would be the goal."

Royal Regalia earned $60,000 for the win, which was his first in a stakes. In his most recent start he was a close third in the Atto Mile, a Grade 1 in Canada. Royal Regalia has now won 6 of 14 starts and $338,772.

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Wishingitwas, who was dismissed at 38-1, rallied past Spanish Empire to win the Metroplex Mile, which was the first race on the card Saturday.

Wishingitwas ($78) raced midpack early, and rallied through the stretch to overtake Spanish Empire by a length and a quarter. Spanish Empire held second by a neck over Seek Gold, but was disqualified for interference with fourth-place finisher During and was placed fourth.

The action moved Seek Gold to second and During to third. The head to head wager between Runaway Choice, the 2, and Akanti, the 5, was won by fifth-place finisher Akanti and paid $3.

Wishingitwas covered the distance over a good track in 1:35.41. Jeremy Beasley rode the winner for Bart Evans, who owns, trains and bred Wishingitwas. The horse earned $60,000 for the win, which was his fifth from 25 starts. He has now earned $195,560.

* Storm Surge ($6.20) drew clear by two and three-quarter lengths over 3-5 favorite Spanish Chestnut to win the Lone Star Park Juvenile. Storm Surge raced close to the pace throughout, and covered seven furlongs over a track rated fast in 1:22.41.

Robby Albarado rode the winner for Overbrook Farm and trainer Dallas Stewart. Storm Surge, who is a son of Storm Cat, is out of the same mare as Grade 2 winner Boston Common. He earned $60,000 for his first stakes win, and overall has won 3 of 5 starts and $156,770.