Updated on 09/15/2011 1:23PM

Saturday Stakes roundup (6/9/01)


Galileo dominates in Epsom Derby victory

EPSOM, England - Galileo proved he is the best 3-year-old in Europe with a scintillating 3 1/2-length victory over Golan in the $1.4 million Epsom Derby on Saturday.

In providing his sire, Sadler's Wells, with his first Epsom Derby winner, Galileo extended his record to 4 for 4 and gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his second classic victory in two days. On Friday O'Brien won the English Oaks with Imagine.

Galileo's time of 2:33.27 for the 1 1/2 miles over good-to-firm turf was the second-fastest Epsom Derby. At about 3-1, Galileo and Golan were co-favorites in the 12-horse field. Tobougg finished third.

- Alan Shuback

Woodbine: Dancethruthedawn in Oaks

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Favored Dancethruthedawn overcame a speed bias to capture the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

Dancethruthedawn ($3.30) ran down Dancen in the Sun at the sixteenth pole en route to a 2 1/4-length tally. Quick Blue rallied to finish another 2 3/4 lengths back in third

- Ron Gierkink

Churchill Downs: Indygo shines

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Indygo Shiner, making his turf debut, held off all challengers to capture the $282,500, Grade 3 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Lonnie Meche, Indygo Shiner ($15.80) posted a neck victory over Strategic Partner. Fast City finished third. Kalu, the 7-5 favorite, faded to fourth.

- Marty McGee

Hollywood: Jamaican Rum upset

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Winston Chi, who won his maiden race on May 24 in a $32,000 claiming race, upset Jamaican Rum in the $100,000 California Sires Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Winston Chi ($68.60), ridden by Garrett Gomez, was making his stakes debut in his fifth career start.

"This is kind of a shock to me," trainer Craig Dollase said.

Winston Chi was at the back of the five-horse field to the top of the stretch, chasing Long Gone Con, who led by as many as 10 lengths on the backstretch through fractions of 23.52 and 46.09 seconds.

Long Gone Con, ridden by Laffit Pincay, was caught in early stretch by Winston Chi, who won by two lengths over Jamaican Rum, finishing 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.76.

Jamaican Rum, the 2-5 favorite, was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby.

- Steve Andersen

Lone Star: Zeta storms home

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Zeta overtook 1-2 favorite Cheryl P. at the top of the stretch, then stormed to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Mesquite Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park. Slapstick closed for second, finishing two lengths in front of Cheryl P.

Curt Bourque was aboard Zeta ($14.40) for trainer Elliott Walden.

- Mary Rampellini

Pimlico: Two go wire to wire

Speed ruled in the $75,000 co-features at Pimlico when the two favorites shot to the front quickly and never relinquished their leads.

In the Skipat Stakes at six furlongs on the dirt, Big Bambu ($3.60) never had any late challengers and won by 3 3/4 lengths. The All Brandy, a nine-furlong event on turf, went to Jazz ($6.40).

- The Baltimore Sun

Delaware: Strike It Up now 4 for 8

Strike It Up ($6.20) raised her record to four wins from eight starts with a five-length victory in the Susan's Girl Stakes at Delaware Park. Lady Andromeda was second, two lengths ahead of Emery Board.

The 7-5 favorite, Kimbralata, ran fourth.

Thistledown: Beatmichiganagain

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Beatmichiganagain ($11.60) slipped through along the rail at the three-sixteenths pole and drew off to a driving two-length tally over Belle of Liberty in the $50,000, 1 1/16-mile Merry Time Stakes at Thistledown. Ms. Quimet finished third, three-quarters of a length farther back.

- Chuck Scaravilli

Bay Meadows: Miss Jeanne Cat romps

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Miss Jeanne Cat ($3..20), ridden by Russell Baze, zipped to an impressive three-length victory in the $57,400 Time to Leave Stakes at Bay Meadows.

Fabulous Gamble hung on to finish second by a half-length over Capital Growth, who rallied from last place and was finishing fastest.

Winning trainer Jeff Bonde said Miss Jeanne Cat will probably run next at Monmouth Park.

- Dale Omenson

Calder: Honorable Pic right at home

MIAMI - Honorable Pic ($5.60) registering his fourth victory in as many starts at Calder, rallying to a 1 3/4-length victory over Sejm's Madness in the $55,950 Linear Handicap.

Winning trainer Jerry Paradise said Honorable Pic would likely make his next start July 14 in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint.

- Mike Welsch

Prairie Meadows: Rodeo Fan by neck

ALTOONA, Iowa - Rodeo Fan ($4.20) took advantage of a ground-saving trip under Terry Thompson to rally for a neck victory over Due to Win in the $50,000 Wild Rose Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

Itsaprincess held third Rodeo Fan ran the distance in 1:44.73

- Dave Basler

Monmouth: Wittenberg gets a stakes

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Wittenberg ($11.40) parlayed a return to one of her favorite racetracks into her first stakes win with a 5 3/4-length score in the $50,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Jockey Dale Beckner pushed Wittenberg, trained by Vicki Oliver, to the front on the far turn and poured it on through the stretch.

Powerful Package followed the winner's rally into second, while former Grade 1 stakes-placed Resort rallied too late into third. Pic a Lil, the 9-5 favorite, tired to fourth after pressing the pace.

- Rowland Hoyt

Lincoln: Doug's Shadow best of four

LINCOLN, Neb. - Doug's Shadow rebounded from a seventh-place finish in the May 20 Speed Handicap with a 1 3/4-length win over three others in the $10,420 President's Cup Handicap over six furlongs at State Fair Park.

Ridden by Jiri Peterka, Doug's Shadow ($6.40) up to the leaders three wide turning for home and he moved off under a hand ride to finish up in 1:11.20 over the fast track.

- Bill Hodtwalker