Updated on 09/17/2011 11:01AM

Saturday's Stakes Recaps


Spoken Fur: Frankel's triple threat

ELMONT, N.Y. - The day before trainer Bobby Frankel won the third leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown with Empire Maker, a good-looking 3-year-old filly arrived in his barn from Kentucky.

Little did Frankel know then that Spoken Fur would give him an opportunity to still win a triple crown in 2003.

In a virtual repeat of her performance in last month's Mother Goose, Spoken Fur took command at the quarter pole and drew off to a 3 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks before 8,867 at Belmont Park.

Fircroft rallied from last to be second, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Savedbythelight in the 1 1/2-mile race. Yell finished fourth, 29 1/4 lengths ahead of Little Bonnet. Shapes and Shadows and Skipamiss were eased.

If Spoken Fur can add the Grade 1 Alabama - run at Saratoga on Aug. 16 - to her victories in the Mother Goose and Coaching Club, she would sweep New York's filly triple crown and earn her owners, John and Jerry Amerman, a $2 million bonus. The New York Racing Association this year changed the three-race series from the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Coaching Club to the Mother Goose, Coaching Club, and Alabama.

- David Grening

Arlington: Perfect Drift scores easily

Perfect Drift continued his ascent within the North American handicap ranks when he easily defeated four rivals in the Grade 2, $400,000 Washington Park Handicap.

With jockey Pat Day never asking the 4-year-old gelding for his best, Perfect Drift was ridden out to a five-length victory in the 1 3/16-mile race over the longest shot in the field, Aeneas (31-1). Perfect Drift returned $2.40 as a huge favorite after finishing in 1:55.49 over a fast main track. The 5-1 exacta paid $34.60.

Perfect Drift now will switch to turf for the annual highlight of the Arlington meet, the Aug. 16 Arlington Million at 1 1/4 miles.

Perfect Drift shipped back to Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, and will train there for the Million.

- Marty McGee

Delaware: Island Fashion grabs Oaks

STANTON, Del. - A filly whose only previous win came at Sunland Park and a jockey who's not even among the top 10 riders at his home track in California stole the show from the supposed stars in the Delaware Oaks.

Island Fashion ($20.20) and her jockey, Iggy Puglisi, demolished a good field of 3-year-old fillies to win the Grade 3, $500,000 Oaks by a surprising 6 1/2 lengths. Her time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.20.

Awesome Humor, the even-money favorite, was a distant second. Previously unbeaten Sue's Good News finished sixth.

o Alternate ($27.40) proved to be a capable substitute for trainer Graham Motion. Entered in the $150,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap only because stablemate New Economy, who won the race last year, was unable to race due to a foot abscess, Alternate won for the first time on turf in the 1 3/8-mile stakes for fillies and mares.

o Private Lap ($3.80) outbattled Bag of Mischief through the stretch to win the $100,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Handicap by a length.

- Joe DeVivo

Hollywood: Perfect Moon pulls upset

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Perfect Moon, who won his maiden in a $40,000 claiming race in May, pulled an upset in the $102,500 Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

Ruler's Court, the 1-5 favorite, finished a well-beaten third in a field of five.

Perfect Moon ($8) was always near the front. He stalked Blairs Roarin Star through fractions of 22.23 and 44.75 seconds before pulling away to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Perfect Moon finished six furlongs in 1:10.39.

o In the $76,875 Valkyr Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares, Shalini ($3) won by two lengths over Sunset Serenade, finishing a mile on turf in 1:35.46.

- Steve Andersen

Monmouth: Stylish wins Eatontown

OCEANPORT, N.J. - The well-traveled Stylish made her visit to Monmouth Park a winning one as she rallied to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Eatontown Handicap.

Stylish, high weight in the field at 118 pounds, has run at seven different tracks in her last seven outings. She seems none the worse for the travel, having won the Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup Stakes and the Eatontown in her last two starts.

o Sheryar Special ($9.60) took the $50,000 Bernie Dowd Handicap for New Jersey-breds on the Eatontown undercard. He set the pace and held on by three-quarters of a length over Our Wildcat.

- Mike Farrell

Calder: Stormy Frolic returns to form

MIAMI - Stormy Frolic, whose form had tailed off a bit following a decisive victory in the Calder Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap during the opening weekend of this meet, proved she's back on top of her game with a 1 3/4-length victory over 3-5 favorite Redoubled Miss in the Nancy's Glitter Handicap.

Trainer Milt Wolfson returned Stormy Frolic to the main track to face fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile Nancy's Glitter. With jockey Roger Velez aboard for the first time, Stormy Frolic stalked the early pace of 20-1 Urbana Light, moved to command on the far turn, edged well clear while still in hand in early stretch, then withstood the rally of Redoubled Miss.

- Mike Welsch

Woodbine: 'Mulligan' runs great

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mulligan the Great won the front-end battle and the war in the $138,500 Bold Venture Handicap, scoring by a length under Jim McAleney.

Mulligan the Great dueled with Wild Whiskey through sizzling fractions of 21.51 and 43.54 seconds in the 6 1/2-furlong dash. Mulligan the Great established a clear lead at the three-sixteenths pole, and went on to complete the distance in 1:16.77.

* Soaring Free ($2.40) held off 2001 Atto Mile winner Numerous Times to capture the supporting feature, the $107,000 Ontario Jockey Club Stakes.

- Ron Gierkink

Other Saturday stakes

* Mysterious Affair won the $140,000 Rainbow Connection at Fort Erie by a neck in a gritty effort. Regular rider Richard Dos Ramos was aboard Mysterious Affair, who withstood several challenges during the five-furlong turf race and a claim of foul before being declared the winner.

* G P Fleet caught 4-5 favorite Banned in Boston in midstretch and won the $58,750 Regaey Island Stakes at Ellis Park by 2 1/4 lengths. Under Jason Lumpkins, G P Fleet ran the 1 1/16-mile turf race in 1:39.48 and paid $17.80 to win.

* At Philadelphia Park, Tri's Passion ($23) blew past early pacesetter Trijonia approaching the turn and withstood a rally by Valley of the Gods to earn her first stakes victory in the $50,000 Foxy J.G. Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old fillies.

* Sharp Miss ($27.40), the beaten favorite in the May 17 Emeryville Stakes at Bay Meadows, broke sharply and scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $45,490 Fairfield Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at the Solano County Fair.

* Blue Guru, second in last season's Delicada Stakes at Louisiana Downs, did one better in this year's edition, leading every step of the way under Guy Smith. Heavy favorite McKinney, third a year ago, finished second, followed by Coastalota.