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Saturday Stakes recaps (5/26/01)
Silver Bandana proves best in Calder B.C.
MIAMI - Platinum Tiara got all the attention coming into the $150,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap, but trainer Joe Waunsch warned everybody not to forget his other horse in the race, the older and more experienced Silver Bandana.
Waunsch proved prophetic when Silver Bandana upset her more publicized stablemate, rallying to a one-length victory under a rail-skimming ride by Rene Douglas.
Silver Bandana ($13.80) settled about six lengths off the pace of Racing for Pahm down the backstretch, moved into the striking position after slipping through along the hedge on the second turn, overtook the leader near midstretch, then withstood Platinum Tiara, who outfinished 8-5 favorite Clearly a Queen by a head to complete a one-two sweep for Waunsch. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles on turf was 1:44.71 over a good course.
Waunsch expects Platinum Tiara to get an invitation to the $250,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 1. Silver Bandana will likely make her next start in the Aspidistra Stakes at Calder on June 16.
- Mike Welsch
Churchill: Nasty Storm hangs tough
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nasty Storm gamely held off heavily favored Love at Noon to win the $109,700 Dogwood Stakes, reversing the form that took her to a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks three weeks earlier.
Always prominent from the start of the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3 Dogwood, Nasty Storm overtook Happily Unbridled, then held off Love at Noon to win by a neck. Golly Greeley finished third, another 3 1/2 lengths back.
Nasty Storm, trained by Dallas Stewart, returned $13.80 to win as third choice in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies.
For Nasty Storm, a Kentucky-bred Gulch filly who finished second in the Alcibiades and Golden Rod at 2, the Dogwood victory was her third overall and first in a stakes. She finished in 1:43.41 over a fast track.
- Marty McGee
Prairie Meadows: Sure Shot Biscuit
ALTOONA, Iowa - Two-time defending Iowa-bred Horse of the Year Sure Shot Biscuit proved his mettle against open company once again as he turned back several challengers and held sway for a half-length score over Battle Mountain in the $75,000 Precisionist Handicap at Prairie Meadows.
Sure Shot Biscuit set the pace under pressure from Kombat Kat through a half-mile run in 46.99 seconds. The pair was joined by Bravo Bull entering the second turn, and those three dueled to the stretch. Jockey Terry Thompson asked Sure Shot Biscuit for more entering the lane and his mount responded to go clear and hold on late, clocking the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.80. Battle Mountain rallied from 11 lengths off the pace and finished 2 3/4 lengths clear of Bravo Bull for second.
The victory was Sure Shot Biscuit's 19th in 32 career starts for trainer Kelly Von Hemel. The victory was worth $69,750, including a $24,750 bonus from the Iowa breeders fund, and sent Sure Shot Biscuit's career earnings to over $715,000. He is the richest Iowa-bred ever.
Sure Shot Biscuit returned $4.20 to win as the favorite in the six-horse Precisionist field.
- Dave Basler
Bay Meadows: Flom's Prospector rolls
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Flom's Prospector, coming off a win in a $40,000 claiming race, ran the heavily favored El Dorado Shooter into submission, then drew off to a stunning 7 1/2-length victory in the $61,300 Saratoga Handicap at six furlongs at Bay Meadows.
El Dorado Shooter, who had won five of his last six, broke a step slowly but quickly moved into the lead, while Five Star Day, expected to be his main foe and pace rival, broke poorly and never got close to the lead. Flom's Prospector, however, kept the pressure on El Dorado Shooter, although El Dorado Shooter maintained a narrow lead through fractions of 21.98 and 44.14 seconds.
Flom's Prospector, ridden by Jason Lumpkins, forged into the lead in early stretch and quickly drew away. Five Star Day, who had settled into third after his slow start, was up to beat the tiring El Dorado Shooter by a neck for second money.
El Dorado Shooter, the even-money favorite, had not started since
March 25 and had missed a race April 21 because of a minor virus. On Sunday morning, his trainer, Cliff Delima, said, "He's fine. The only thing I can figure is he wasn't tight enough. He was blowing pretty hard after the race."
Flom's Prospector ($30.20) ran the distance in 1:08.66 for his first stakes victory.
- Dale Omenson
Hawthorne: Hidden Assets flops
STICKNEY, Ill. - Come September ($39.80), ridden to victory by Alfredo Juarez Jr., stalked the early pace set by Capitol View and outgamed her in the stretch to win the $57,550 Regal Rumor Stakes at Hawthorne by three-quarters of length. The late-running Faccia Bella closed to be third.
Trained by Joe McKellar, Come September ran six furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:12.01.
Hidden Assets, who went off at 1-2, took the lead from the gate. But less than a quarter-mile into the race, Hidden Assets, who figured to dominate the Regal Rumor on class and speed, was headed and dropped back to third. She faded steadily after remaining in contention into the stretch.
Jockey Jeremy Beasley said Hidden Assets failed to handle a racetrack rendered very sloppy by several days of rain. Hidden Assets, a Grade 3 winner, has now failed to hit the board in two starts on an off track.
- Marcus Hersh
Woodbine: Red Sea, Del Mar Show win
ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Red Sea and Del Mar Show won the two divisions of Saturday's Grade 3 Connaught Cup Stakes, a pair of 1 1/16-mile turf races contested over yielding ground at Woodbine.
Red Sea ($7.10) tracked a moderate pace set by Academic and Medievil Hero in the first division, which was worth $165,150. Red Sea was stuck in traffic throughout the first half of the stretch run, but jockey Emile Ramsammy found room inside the eighth pole and got him home on top by a half-length over River Boat.
Roger Attfield trains Red Sea, who covered the distance in 1:47.49.
Del Mar Show ($3.10), the odds-on choice in the $166,650 second division under Robbie Davis, stalked very slow fractions set by Kimberlite Pipe. He assumed command at the head of the stretch and edged away to score by 2 1/2 lengths over pace-pressing Lodge Hill. Del Mar Show, trained by Bill Mott, ran his division in 1:48.17.
- Ron Gierkink
Delaware: Pine Dance prevails
Pine Dance, winless in six starts since last fall, splashed to a three-quarter length victory in the $75,000 Brandywine Stakes at Delaware Park.
Ridden for the first time by Ramon Dominguez, the 4-year-old Pine Dance ($9) ran the mile over a sloppy track in 1:37.22. It was his first race over a wet surface since he captured the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park last September.
Quick Punch finished second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of the 8-5 favorite, Liberty Gold.
Six horses scratched because of the rainy conditions, reducing the field to seven.
- Joe DeVivo
Pimlico: Governor's Pride ties record
BALTIMORE - Governor's Pride didn't care much that the $50,000 C. Edmund O'Brien Stakes was taken off the saturated turf course and run on the sloppy dirt as he tore around Pimlico today and tied the five-furlong track record.
With eight of the 11 entrants in the race scratched, the front-running Governor's Pride had Dr. Max and Rudirudy at his mercy. Governor's Pride kicked mud in their faces from the start, zipping a quarter-mile in 22.14 seconds and finishing six lengths in front in 56.96 seconds.
The time was exceedingly fast, considering how slowly the track played throughout the day.
"I just held on," jockey Mark Johnston said. "If I had asked him, we could have broken the track record.'
"This is probably the quickest horse I've ever trained," said trainer Tim Ritchey, who brought Governor's Pride from Delaware Park for the race. Governor's Pride won for the seventh time in 12 starts, increasing his lifetime earnings to $188,770.
- Washington Post
Monmouth: 'Thistyrant' rules Reilly
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Thistyranthasclass returned to state-bred company and romped to a 2 3/4-length win in the $50,000 John J. Reilly Handicap on opening day at Monmouth Park.
Thistyranthasclass, the 8-5 favorite, completed the six-furlong race in 1:08.77 over a fast track. He returned $5.40.
Ridden by C.H. Marquez for trainer John Tammaro III, the 4-year-old Thistyranthasclass improved his record to 5-0-2 in 11 lifetime starts. All five of his wins have come at Monmouth.
* Her Halo, trained by Allen Iwinski, led from gate to wire with Chuck Lopez aboard to win the $50,000 Politely Stakes for fillies and mares. The mile race had been moved from turf to the main track. Her Halo finished three lengths ahead of 3-5 favorite Hemline. Final One was third in the five-horse field.
- Ryan Goldberg
Thistledown: It's 'Michigan'
NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Beatmichiganagain scored a hard- earned half-length victory over Lady Cherie in the $40,000, six-furlong Brent's Princess Stakes at Thistledown.
The early pacesetter, Mandy G, weakened to finish third, 6 1/4 lengths farther back in the field of eight Ohio-breds.
Beatmichiganagain ($4.40) prompted Mandy G into the stretch, went up to make the lead and opened a clear advantage, then was all out under strong urging by William Troilo to hold off the charging Lady Cherie.
Lady Cherie raced just off the pace until the top of the stretch, dug in when asked by Julio Felix and was getting to the winner.
Beatmichiganagain, trained by Greg Foley, ran the six furlongs in 1:11.38.
- Chuck Scaravilli