Updated on 09/15/2011 12:20PM

Saturday Stakes roundup (6/2)


Go Go flies like a jet through six furlongs

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Go Go ran six furlongs in 1:08.09, the fastest of the current Hollywood Park meeting, recording her fourth stakes win of 2001 in Saturday's $106,000 Desert Stormer Handicap.

Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, Go Go ($4) used her customary style of stalking the pace to win the Grade 3 stakes for fillies and mares before an ontrack crowd of 10,185. Third on the backstretch, Go Go trailed Kalookan Queen to the eighth pole - through fractions of 21.78 and 44.42 seconds - and needed the entire stretch to take command.

"She broke sharp and I let her settle," Delahoussaye said. "You can do whatever you want with her. If you hit her she doesn't like it. She sulks from it. She gives it all she's got."

A 4-year-old filly, Go Go, the 122-pound highweight, won by a half-length over Kalookan Queen, who carried 117 pounds and was making her first start in 14 months.

Trained by Warren Stute for Alan, Paula and Roger Thomas, Go Go has won $397,280. At Santa Anita earlier this year, she won the Survive Stakes and Las Flores and Las Cienegas handicaps.

- Steve Andersen

Churchill: A blossoming turf star

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With Anticipation established a slow pace and led all the way to win the $109,900 Louisville Handicap by six lengths at Churchill Downs.

With Anticipation's owner, George Strawbridge Jr., and trainer, Jonathan Sheppard, have a long legacy of success with grass horses. But for most of his career, With Anticipation ($6.60), a 6-year-old Relaunch gelding, has raced on dirt, earning more than $300,000 on that surface.

But when With Anticipation fit the restrictive allowance conditions of a grass race at Keeneland in April, Strawbridge and Sheppard agreed to give him a chance on turf. He won by nine lengths and then annihilated a solid field of turf marathoners in the 1 3/8-mile Louisville.

With Anticipation is out of the mare Fran's Valentine, who finished first in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1984 but was disqualified for interference. With Anticipation is a minor stakes winner on dirt, but Sheppard, based on the East Coast, said the Louisville victory meant "we're going to give him every chance to be a good horse on grass."

- Marty McGee

Hawthorne: Where's Taylor on class

STICKNEY, Ill. - Assistant trainer Hilary Pridham fretted that Where's Taylor wasn't 100 percent fit for his start in the Sun Beau Stakes at Hawthorne. He probably wasn't, but it didn't matter, as Where's Taylor's class and natural ability got him home first by three-quarters of a length in the $59,850 Sun Beau.

Where's Taylor ($4), owned by Golden Racing Stable and trained by Mike Stidham, led from gate to wire in the 1 1/16-mile turf race under apprentice rider Zoe Cadman, who has now won the last two stakes run at Hawthorne.

Where's Taylor hadn't raced since early January and had worked only four times. But he spurted clear on the far turn and had enough left at the finish to hold off a game Treat Me Doc, who beat Galic Boy for second by a length.

Pridham said Where's Taylor would be pointed for the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs.

- Marcus Hersh

Monmouth: Harmony Lodge romps

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Harmony Lodge romped to a nine-length victory in the $50,000 Little Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park before a crowd of 12,285.

With Eibar Coa aboard, Harmony Lodge ($3.20) ran six furlongs in 1:10 over a sloppy track. It was Coa's third straight victory on the card.

The field was reduced to four horses by five scratches, including graded stakes winner Xtra Heat.

"I knew she would run well, and my only concern was the sloppy track," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Harmony Lodge. "But she's such a nice filly, she handled it well."

According to Pletcher, Harmony Lodge will make her next start in the Prioress at Belmont on July 4, with the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga on July 28 as the main goal.

* Rudirudy ($16.40), a 6-year-old trained and owned by Gaston D. Sandoval, wore down favored Testame to win the $50,000 Wolf Hill Stakes by a nose. The race was moved from the turf to the main track because of rain, and only five ran of the 14 who entered.

- Ryan Goldberg

Woodbine: Win City continues winning

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The aptly named Win City won his third consecutive stakes at Woodbine in the $162,750 Plate Trial, an important prep for the June 24 Queen's Plate.

Win City ($4.40), under Constant Montpellier, saved ground early while racing well off a lively pace in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds. Win City hit the front at the quarter pole and coasted home by 3 3/4 lengths over a closing Millennium Allstar.

"He's improved with every race," said Montpellier. "I was just a passenger today. I took him outside, and just let him cruise around there."

- Ron Gierkink

Canterbury: First stakes for Fan's Club Mister

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Fan's Club Mister ($10) withstood a late challenge from favored Rahy's Secret to capture the $100,000 Canterbury Park Breeders' Cup Derby for 3-year-olds.

Racing over a surface listed as good, Fan's Club Mister was reserved just behind a moderate pace while tracking Zen's Silverbuck through fractions of 24.28 and 48.78 seconds. When jockey Randy Meier called on his mount, Fan's Club Mister took over readily to open a clear lead entering the stretch, then held off Rahy's Secret's late charge to prevail by a neck, stopping the timer in 1:37.32 for one mile.

Fan's Club Mister earned his first black type after unsuccessful attempts in the Spiral Stakes and Illinois Derby.

- David M. Miller

Delaware: Cross-country trip worthwhile

Northern California-based Beyond Brilliant ($3.60) collected his fifth career stakes victory in the $75,000 Legal Light Stakes at Delaware Park.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist plans to send Beyond Brilliant back to California this week, but said he will likely return for the next two legs of the Mid-Atlantic Championship (MATCH) series for 3-year-old sprinters at Monmouth Park - the Grade 3 $100,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup on July 4 and the $75,000 Rumson Stakes on Aug. 4.

- Joe DeVivo

Philadelphia: Ex-claimer surprises

Kailiki ($47.40), purchased for $10,000 out of a maiden claiming race at Penn National in April by trainer Harry Thompson, wired 10 other state-bred 3-year-old fillies to win the $50,000 Foxy J.G. Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

In richest of six Claiming Crown Preview races on the card, Penn National shipper Barrister ($10.60), trained by Dave Geist, won the $50,000 Jewel and R. Encounter ($7.40), trained by Ed Auwater, romped by 13 lengths in the $50,000 Emerald.

- Joe DeVivo

Bay Meadows: Hollendorfer's drought ends

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Show Me Genius ($11.20), ridden by Jason Lumpkins, won the $50,850 Palo Alto Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths at Bay Meadows.

The win gave Jerry Hollendorfer, northern California's leading trainer, his first stakes victory of 2001. He had lost 19 stakes with a total of 21 entrants since Dec. 23.

- Dale Omenson

Prairie Meadows: Duel sets up Sand Ridge

ALTOONA, Iowa - Sand Ridge ($6.20) took advantage of a torrid speed duel and rallied from last to capture the $50,000 Bob Feller Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Prairie Meadows.

The victory was Sand Ridge's second straight stakes score and 10th win in 32 career starts for trainer Don Von Hemel and sent his earnings to more than $358,000 for owner Thunderhead Farms.

- Dave Basler

River Downs: Long losing streak over

Unbridled Time ($3.80) ended a year-long losing skid by outclassing the field in the $50,000 Green Carpet Handicap for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds at River Downs.

- Vance Hanson

Lincoln: Favorite wins easily

LINCOLN, Neb. - Sweet Fantastic, the 7-5 favorite, had little trouble overcoming her outside post position to score a convincing three-length win in the $10,800 Bluegrass Handicap at the Lincoln State Fair.

- Bill Hodtwalker