Updated on 09/16/2011 8:06AM

Saturday stakes roundup


Gemma's Star gives Aguilar four-win day

MIAMI - Gemma's Star emerged from a four-horse battle for the lead around the second turn and scored a convincing 2 1/2-length victory over 9-5 favorite Susie's Poker and six other 3-year-olds in Saturday's $75,000 Blazing Sword Stakes at Calder.

Gemma's Star rated off the early pace of Sebastian Light through the opening half-mile of the 1 1/16-mile Blazing Sword. He moved four wide to engage for command midway down the backstretch under jockey Manny Aguilar, shook clear in early stretch, and gradually increased his advantage in the final furlong.

Susie's Poker, who also joined the first flight with a quick move down the backstretch, stayed with Gemma's Star until midstretch before proving no match in the final 70 yards. Say No Maw, who raced coupled in the wagering with Susie's Poker, rallied mildly to be third.

Gemma's Star, making only his third start since owner James Calderazzo switched him to trainer David Brownlee's barn earlier this year, returned $16 and gave Aguilar his fourth winner on the card. Gemma's Star covered the distance in 1:46.93 over a fast track.

- Mike Welsch

Monmouth: Jeb's Wild gets ideal trip

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Jeb's Wild sat a perfect trip off a blistering pace set by Lord Abounding and B K Dodger, took the lead at the sixteenth pole, and captured the $50,000 Spend a Buck Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Jeb's Wild ($4.20), under Abdiel Toribio, got first jump on Lord Abounding, who took over turning home, and fended off a strong challenge from May Expectations to win by one length. Lord Abounding held strongly after setting quick fractions, but he was nosed out for the place spot by May Expectations. Jeb's Wild covered one mile over a turf course rated good in 1:36.07 before a crowd of 11,388.

Jeb's Wild, trained by Tim Hills and owned by Thomas Croley, has emerged as one of the top 3-year-old grass horses at Monmouth since making the surface change this meet, winning two of three starts. He ran second in the Lamplighter Stakes here Aug. 4 in his last start.

- Ryan Goldberg

Woodbine: Duel aids Runaway Love

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Runaway Love, the longest shot in the four-horse field, overhauled Krz Ruckus in the final furlong to post a three-quarter-length score in the $126,000 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine.

Krz Ruckus and Trailthefox dueled each other into submission in the 2001 Shepperton, and the same pace scenario played out in this year's running of the 6 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-sired runners. That duo hooked up through splits of 22.21 and 44.69 seconds, before favored Krz Ruckus gave way to Runaway Love, who got the distance in 1:16.97.

Runaway Love ($12.70) earned $79,380 with Emile Ramsammy aboard.

"I think the blinkers on sharpened him up today," said trainer Abraham Katryan, who sent out Runaway Love to finish third in allowance company last Saturday.

* Noble Strike ($8.70) notched her first stakes in the supporting feature, the $107,000 Belle Geste, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred fillies and mares.

Trainer Ron Burke gave Robert Landry a leg up on Noble Strike, who rallied wide to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths, in a time of 1:47.27.

- Ron Gierkink

Thistledown: Bolaro draws clear

Bolaro ($6.80) chased the pacesetting Pyrite Dance until deep stretch, then dug in under strong handling by Luis Gonzalez to make the lead and drew off to a 1 3/4-length win over her seven 2-year old Ohio-bred filly rivals in the $40,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown.

Pyrite Dance finished gamely to gain second over Orangeberry by a nose.

Bolaro, a chestnut daughter of Sandpit, was bred by her owner, Edward Marshall, and got the six furlongs in 1:12.10 over a fast track.

- Chuck Scaravilli

Ellis: Horse for the course

Dash for Daylight once again showed his fondness for Ellis Park by drawing clear to win the $75,000 Governor's Handicap in Henderson, Ky.

Ridden by Larry Melancon and trained by Elliott Walden, Dash for Daylight put away the 6-5 favorite, Danthebluegrassman before finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Frazee's Folly in the one-mile race.

Robin Zee finished third and Danthebluegrassman wound up last in a field of seven 3-year-olds and upward.

The winner paid $5.60, and ran the one-mile race in in 1:37.35.

In his three previous starts at Ellis, Dash for Daylight, a 5-year-old horse owned by Prestonwood Farm, won the Don Bernhardt Handicap twice and finished second in the 2001 Governor's.

- Marty McGee