09/26/2009 11:00PM

Saturday stakes roundup


Fairplex: Quindici Man breaks through in Pomona Derby

Quindici Man only needed a class drop Saturday at Fairplex Park, where he won the $50,000 Pomona Derby by three-quarters over favorite All Saint.

In the supporting feature on Saturday at the Los Angeles County Fair, the $50,000 Las Madrinas Handicap for fillies and mares, the former claimer Made for Magic sprang a $17.60 upset.

The victory by Quindici Man ($8) in the mile and a sixteenth Pomona Derby for 3-year-olds ended a season of futility. Quindici Man had battled graded stakes company throughout spring and summer.

"He's been knocking heads with really tough horses all summer," trainer Craig Lewis said. "And the race set up well for him." Victor Espinoza rode Quindici Man, who saved ground midpack, rallied four wide into the lane, and inched clear in 1:45.37.

All Saint, stretching out from a sprint stakes win, was rank early while rated, and never comfortable. He ran well nonetheless to hold second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of third. Del Conte set the pace and faded.

Earlier on the card, the Las Madrinas was won by a filly that finished off the board five weeks ago for a $16,000 claiming tag. The 4-year-old Made for Magic has improved dramatically since.

Made for Magic was running for the fourth time in 36 days, while making her third start since trainer A.C. Avila claimed her for $16,000. Omar Berrio rode Made for Magic ($17.60), who last out on Sept. 12 finished second behind Smooth Performer in the E.B. Johnston Stakes. The Las Madrinas result flatters Smooth Performer, scheduled to run Oct. 3 at Santa Anita in the $100,000 California Cup Matron.

In the Las Madrinas, Berrio positioned Made for Magic second behind easy-pace front-runner Champagne Eyes, collared that one on the far turn, battled head and head on the outside, and inched clear late to win by a neck. Champagne Eyes finished second.

The 8-5 favorite Ashley's Kitty finished 2 1/4 lengths back in third. The stakes win by Avila was exactly seven years since his last Fairplex stakes. That was Manhattan Express in the Gateway to Glory Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sept. 26, 2002.

--Brad Free

Monmouth: Speed is king in stakes

On a unique day of racing Saturday at Monmouth Park, in which the track ran six National Steeplechase Association races and five traditional flat races, speed dominated in the track s four stakes races.

The day s two flat stakes divisions of the $200,000 NATC Futurity for 2-year-olds, one for males, the other for females horses that pressed the pace scored swift victories, and in the two co-featured steeplechase races, the $70,000 Metcalf Memorial Novice Hurdle Stakes and the $50,000 Helen Haskell Sampson Memorial Hurdle stakes, the two winners led from start to finish.

The two NATC Futurity races were won by Three Day Rush, and Proud Rush with the former narrowly taking the male division and the latter scoring easily in the female division.

Meanwhile, longshots Four Schools and Tricky Me were respective winners of the Metcalf and Helen Haskell Sampson in the major steeplechase contests.

Three Day Rush ($24.60) was the first to shine, with the NATC Futurity division for 2-year-old males going off as the third race. Equipped with blinkers for the first time, he gamely turned back favored Enumerate to win by a neck. He raced six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.85.

It was first career win in three starts for Three Day Rush, a colt by Harlan s Holiday trained by Ronny Werner and owned by Vision Racing. He had run second in his debut at Delaware in July and fourth in a Saratoga maiden race in August.

"He showed a lot of maturity today with the addition of blinkers," said jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. "He made himself comfortable throughout and then he went about his business when (Enumerate) came up along side of us."

Proud Zoe ($3.40) ran marginally faster in romping in the filly division, racing six furlongs in 1:10.82. Sitting just off the leader, she surged to the lead at the top of the stretch, and drew off under Javier Castellano to a 4 1/2-length victory over late-running With All Due Respect.

Proud Zoe, a daughter of Proud Accolade owned by DPW Thoroughbreds and trained by Todd Pletcher, was the only favorite to win a stakes at Monmouth Saturday.

Four Schoos ($31.20) and Tricky Me ($19.40) outran public choices Slip Away and Left Unsaid in the Helen Haskell and Metcalf, respectively. Both steeplechase stakes favorites ran second.

A crowd of 8,494 attended the day's events, called the Monmouth Park-Meridian Health Steeplechase Festival, with some proceeds benefiting Meridian Health, a care provider in New Jersey.

--Byron King

Presque Isle: Noble's Ransom takes Dixon

Noble's Promise came from just off the early pace and rallied into the stretch to draw clear late and win the $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial at Presque Isle Downs Saturday evening. A field of 11 2-year-old colts and gelding went postward in the 6 1/2-furlong event on closing night of the 100-day Presque Isle 2009 meet. Trained by Ken McPeek, Noble's Promise was kept just to the outside of the early pace and then rolled by in the stretch under jockey Willie Martinez to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Grand Slam Andre was second, a head in front of Peppi Knows in third. Noble's Promise returned $7.60 to win and ran the 6 1/2 furlongs over the Tapeta surface in 1.15.87.

In the $100,000 H.B.P.A. for older fillies and mares, Rollicking Affair was an upset winner by 3 1/2 lengths under Dana Whitney. Whitney kept Rollicking Affair just off the early pace and rallied into the stretch to draw off. Little B Rosson was second, a length in front of Kelowna(IRE) in third. Trained by Christopher Progno, Rollicking Affair returned $33.80 and ran the one mile and seventy yards in 1.40.41.

In the final event of the meet, the $100,000 Presque Isle Debutante, Truth and Justice led every step of the way to win by 2 3/4 lengths under Joe Bravo. Greeleys Rocket was second, four lengths in front of Jonmil's Edge in third, Truth and Justice is trained by Kelly Breen and ran the six furlongs in 1.09.17 while returning $4.20 as the favorite.

--Byron King

Remington: Peach Brew wins second straight Oklahoma Classic

Peach Brew is making a habit out of winning on Oklahoma Classics Night at Remington Park. She picked up her second consecutive win in the Oklahoma-bred series on Saturday night, when she cruised by two and a half lengths over Bar Babe in the $70,000 Distaff.

The race was one of six divisional stakes worth more than $450,000 on the 17th annual Classics Night.

Peach Brew ($3.20), who last year won the Lassie on Classics Night, tracked pacesetter Burbance through six furlongs in 1:15. The eventual winner moved to the lead into the stretch and went on to cover the one mile and 70-yards on a fast track in 1:42.94.

"My filly always puts herself in the perfect position and really, all you've got to do is ask her to finish and she's right there for you every time," said Quincy Hamilton, who rode Peach Brew for owner-breeder Robert Zoellner and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

The Distaff was Peach Brew's second stakes win in her last three starts, with her other such score coming in the Grade 3 Arlington Park Oaks in July. Earlier this season, Peach Brew was third to leading Horse of the Year candidate Rachel Alexandra in the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

"She's been a quality filly all year, running in great company," Von Hemel said.

Peach Brew is a 3-year-old daughter of Milwaukee Brew.

Marq French wins second Classic

Marq French successfully defended his title in the $100,000 Classic when he overtook pacesetter J J's Indy in midstretch for a three-quarter length win in the mile and a sixteenth race for 3-year-olds and up. It was another length and three-quarters back in third to Regent Leader.

Marq French ($3.40) covered the distance in 1:44.48. Cliff Berry was aboard for Van and Margie French and Von Hemel.

* Strategic Leader ($10.20) won the $70,000 Turf for the second consecutive year when he closed well for a length and a half win over Must Be He. It was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Ti Township. Dean Butler rode the winner, who covered a mile on firm turf in 1:36.24. Ralph Mitchell trains Strategic Leader for H and S Farms.

* Herecomesthemannow ($14.80) tracked the pace then came home strong to win the $70,000 Sprint by two and a quarter lengths over Steal Your Face. The winner covered six furlongs in 1:09.27. Curtis Kimes was aboard for Danny Caldwell and trainer Thomas Page.

* Fanci Candi ($5.60) overtook pacesetter Miranda Diane in the lane and kept rolling for a three and a quarter length win in the $70,000 Filly and Mare Sprint. Jermaine Bridgmohan was aboard for Tom Tysdal and trainer Steve Asmussen.

* Skedee ($3.20) finished full of run to deliver as the favorite in the $70,000 Filly and Mare Turf. She won off by six and a quarter lengths, and covered the seven and a half furlongs on firm ground in 1:29.63. Chris Landeros was aboard for the partnership of Poteet, Lowder and Sullivan. Skedee is trained by Mary Sullivan.

--Mary Rampellini

Charles Town: Silver Cub tops 3-5 favorite

The addition of Lasix and blinkers helped Silver Cub turn the tables on heavily favored Down Town Allen in Saturday night's $51,250 Golden Gull/Chris Brown Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old West Virginia-bred fillies at Charles Town.

The 4 1/2-furlong race served as the local prep for the $140,000 Triple Crown Nutrition, part of the $2 million West Virginia Breeders Classic program at Charles Town on Oct. 17.

When they met a month ago in the Rachel's Turn, Down Town Allen led wire to wire while Silver Cub never threatened and finished ahead of only one horse while beaten 10 lengths as the 3-5 favorite. In the rematch, Silver Cub ($9.60) broke on top under her new rider, Travis Dunkelberger, and cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory. She covered the distance on a sloppy, sealed track in 52.49 seconds.

It was the second win in three starts for Silver Cub, a daughter of City Zip trained by Gary Capuano.

Down Town Allen had to settle for second as the 3-5 favorite, a length in front of Amy's Affair.

* In the co-featured $51,350 Dr. Ernest Benner for statebred 2-year-olds, Son of a Bear ($4.40) engaged pacesetter Shoemethetrick in a stretch duel to the sixteenth pole, then drew clear by 3 1/4 lengths. In winning for the second time in three starts for jockey Jesus Sanchez and trainer Lee Couchenour, Son of a Bear, a gelding by Robb, ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:21.92.

Showmethetrick held off I Got a Answer by a neck for second.

The Benner was the local prep for the $140,000 Vince Moscarelli Memorial on the Oct. 17 West Virginia Breeders Classic program.

--Joe DeVivo

Retama: Oak Motte, Camille's Appeal take stallion stakes

Oak Motte became a stakes winner when he closed from well back after a trouble at the start to win the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park on Saturday night. The six-furlong race for 2-year-olds shared a card with the $125,000 fillies division of the Stallion Stakes, which was won by Camille's Appeal.

Oak Motte ($9.60) made a meaningful class and distance move for the Stallion Stakes as he dropped into the restricted race off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Arlington Washington Futurity and cut back to the distance of his maiden win. Larry Taylor rode Oak Motte, who won by a length and a quarter over Big Texas Daddy. It was another seven and three-quarter lengths back in third to Set Expectations.

Oak Motte covered the distance on a track rated fast in 1:11. Tom Amoss trains the horse, a son of Valid Expectations, for the Bass Seeligson Partnership and Hugh Fitzsimmons.

Camille's Appeal ($4) stalked and pounced her way to a two and three-quarter length win over Bud s Little Edge in the fillies division. Shaun Bridgmohan rode the winner for Millennium Farms and trainer Steve Asmussen. Camille's Appeal, who also won a division of the Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park in July, covered six furlongs in 1:11.

--Mary Rampellini