10/05/2016 5:22PM

She Mabee Wild gets first stakes win in Richmond Stakes

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Ron wins the Crown Ambassador Stakes on Wednesday.

She Mabee Wild won the first stakes race of her career, edging odds-on favorite Lady Fog Horn in the Richmond Stakes, one of four $100,000-added Indiana-bred and -sired stakes on Wednesday at Indiana Grand.

Ridden by Jesus Castanon for owner-breeder Michelle Shaw and trainer Mark Danner, She Mabee Wild raced second in the 1 1/16-mile Richmond as Carmalley Chrome led through splits of 24.18 seconds for her first quarter-mile and 47.26 for the opening half. She Mabee Wild went past Carmalley Chrome with little trouble at the top of the short Indiana Grand homestretch, braced for an outside run from the wide-rallying Lady Fog Horn, and met the challenge, turning back the favorite to win by a head.

Joyous Lady finished third as She Mabee Wild, who paid $15, was timed in 1:42.86 on a fast track. The 4-year-old She Mabee Wild, who won for the fourth time in 15 starts, is by Mr. Mabee and out of the Wild Zone mare Wild Flower.

She Mabee Wild clocked a faster time than did the winner of the Richmond’s brother race, the Gus Grissom, won by odds-on favorite Success Is Racing in 1:43.51 for 1 1/16 miles.

Success Is Racing ($3.40), always traveling sweetly for jockey Eddie Perez, sat second behind pacesetting second choice Derby Express through moderate fractions of 24.08 and 47.26, moved to the front under a hand ride while Derby Express came under heavy pressure at the three-sixteenths pole, and came home a three-length winner of the Gus Grissom, a race in which he had finished second last year.

Trained by Kim Hammond for Charles Watt and Willowbrook Stables and bred by Everett Hammond, Success Is Racing is a 6-year-old gelding by Major Success out of Lady Benchmark, by Benchmark. His career record stands at 34-10-9-5 after Wednesday’s win, which pushed his bankroll past $500,000.

One favorite home, another defeated in 2-year-old stakes

Ron, with winning owner-trainer Marvin Johnson keeping an eye to the future, comfortably won the $103,050 Crown Ambassador Stakes for Indiana-bred and -sired 2-year-olds.

Ron and jockey Fernando De La Cruz made the most of their far-outside draw in the six-furlong Crown Ambassador, allowing the front-runners to go along their merry way while waiting patiently in a stalking position. When a jockey is riding a 1-5 shot like Ron, the idea is to keep things simple, and De La Cruz did just that, easing up four wide on the far turn as Ron collared the leaders, turned for home, and steadily drew clear through the final furlong.

He was timed in 1:11.06 on a fast track and paid $2.60 to win. Sung finished second, 4 1/2 lengths behind Ron, and Running Strait was third.

De La Cruz did not ease up on Ron at the finish line either, urging his mount out around the clubhouse turn. Wednesday’s race also was a workout, with Johnson prepping his horse for the Indiana Futurity, a two-turn race on closing day of the Indiana Grand meeting.

Ron, bred by Carol Renn, is by Mondavi and out of Colton’s Dilemma, by Timeraker. He ran his record to 2-3-0 from five starts.

Odds-on favorite Defining Hope, however, did not fare so as well in the $103,150 Indiana Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, as she was run down in the final-half furlong by California shipper I Came to Praise. Defining Hope stalked the pace on the outside and took control of the race at the quarter pole, but I Came to Praise and jockey David Flores followed her around the bend, pounced at the top of the stretch, and pushed past for a three-quarter-length victory.

Trained by Duwayne Swingley, I Came to Praise ran six furlongs in 1:11.45 and paid $26.20 to win. By Star Cat and out of Return to Flying, by River Flyer, I Came to Praise had raced four times on the California fair circuit and had only a maiden win to her credit.