Updated on 09/15/2011 2:23PM

Saturday Stakes Roundup


Galic Boy makes the grade

STICKNEY, Ill. - Thirty-one starts into his career, the 6-year-old Galic Boy won his first graded stakes race Saturday, beating heavily favored Where's Taylor in the Grade 3 $150,000 Robert Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne.

Galic Boy, owned by Arthur Appleton and trained by Mickey Goldfine, got a perfect trip under jockey Ray Sibille, passing the tiring Where's Taylor in deep stretch before drawing away to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Where's Taylor finished second by a neck over Good Journey, who loomed up at the stretch call but couldn't sustain his bid. The winner ran a mile on firm turf in a good 1:35.01.

Because he was unproven at this class level, and because he was coming off a sub-par effort in his last start, Galic Boy was a huge price. He paid $50.60 to win, topping the $40 he paid winning the ungraded John Henry Stakes at Arlington over the summer.

"He didn't run as well last time, but we thought we figured out the reason for that," Sibille said.

Goldfine explained: "He likes to have more time in between his races," he said. "Given the proper time, we thought he could win a race like this."

The proper time, and the proper trip. The Carey set up perfectly for Galic Boy when Where's Taylor, breaking from post 1, was forced into a fast pace. Where's Taylor is a front-runner capable of setting a quick pace and having something left for the finish, but the early pressure he took from Langston, and to a lesser extent, Conserve, was too much. The opening quarter-mile was a moderate 24.06 seconds, but the pace quickened, with the half-mile going in 47.15 and three-quarters in 1:11.09.

Meanwhile, Galic Boy and Sibille waited in fourth place, just behind the pacesetters. "When [Langston] started to stop, I came right through the hole," he said. "It worked out perfectly."

- Marcus Hersh

Calder: Raponera upsets

MIAMI - Raponera, who had not won a race all season and had never won on grass, broke both of those losing streaks in high style when she rallied to a 1 1/4-length victory over Golden Saint in the $54,560 Powder Break Handicap at Calder.

Raponera ($34.80) avoided some severe crowding to her immediate outside leaving the gate, raced within easy striking distance on the backstretch, readily overtook the tiring leader I No Best leaving the far turn, and, after drawing clear in midstretch, withstood a closing surge from Golden Saint.

Golden Saint was among a group of four horses bothered at the start but overcame the trouble to finish a late-striding second, 2 1/4 lengths before the 8-5 favorite Silver Bandana, who took the worst of the bumping incident after the start.

Castlebrook and Coolbythepool were among nine horses scratched when the race was kept on a yielding grass course despite the rainy conditions.

- Mike Welsch

Laurel: Favorite delivers

This time, there were no traffic problems to hinder La Reine's Terms.

Making amends for a near-collision that wiped him out of contention as the favorite in last month's Maryland Million Turf, La Reine's Terms ($7.40) bounced back by winning the $75,000 Find Handicap at Laurel Park.

Ridden by Larry Reynolds for trainer Larry Murray, La Reine's Terms covered 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:50.12. New York shipper My Request rallied strongly to finish second, a half-length behind the winner.

"I can't tell you how lucky we were to escape the Maryland Million without injury," Murray said. "That could have been a real disaster. After being eliminated from contention that day, Larry just more or less got him safely around there. He bounced right back and showed his true form. Now he'll get some time off and he could be around for a long time, racing as lightly as he does."

- Joe DeVivo

Woodbine: Instant replay

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - In a rerun of the 2000 Canadian Oaks, Catch the Ring collared front-running Mountain Angel in the final strides to capture the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes for fillies and mares at Woodbine.

Catch the Ring ($2.90) trailed early in the 1 1/4-mile race, as Mountain Angel set uncontested fractions of 23.95 seconds, 48.22, and 1:12.76. Catch the Ring commenced a four-wide rally on the far turn under Robert Landry, and prevailed by a half-length in a time of 2:03.62. Madame Red finished third in the eight-horse field.

"They both ran super races," said Mark Frostad, who trains the first two finishers for Sam-Son Farm. "Mountain Angel had to give Catch the Ring two pounds, and proved a little too much today."

Catch the Ring, who won the 2000 Oaks by a neck from Mountain Angel, earned $139,080 of the $226,200 purse.

- Ron Gierkink