Updated on 09/17/2011 11:47AM

Sightseek outclasses rivals

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Sightseek, with Jerry Bailey riding, wins the Ogden Phipps by six lengths over Take Charge Lady.

ELMONT, N.Y. - As Bobby Frankel watched Sightseek run in the early stages of Saturday's $300,000 , the Hall of Fame trainer did not think his filly was handling Belmont's sloppy main track under jockey Jerry Bailey.

"It looked like he was riding her all the way," Frankel said.

But, in fact, Bailey had Sightseek nice and relaxed while stalking the pacesetting Take Charge Lady. When Bailey asked Sightseek to run turning for home, she exploded, splashing her way to a five-length victory in the Grade 1 Phipps before 6,207 at soggy Belmont.

"Her breeding suggested she might like it, but nobody thought she'd move up on it,' Bailey said of the off track. "She's got a lot of class, and those class horses will run over anything."

The Phipps brought together several classy fillies, including Grade 1 winners Sightseek, Take Charge Lady, Mandy's Gold, and multiple Grade 2 winner Smok'n Frolic.

Take Charge Lady was making her first start since April 5 when she lost to Azeri by a head in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park. Jockey Edgar Prado was intent on getting the lead and sent Take Charge Lady to the front through rapid fractions of 22.52 and 45.30 seconds.

Bailey also sent Sightseek away from the gate, but soon took back to guide his filly to the outside of Take Charge Lady midway down the backstretch. Sightseek engaged Take Charge Lady midway around the far turn and surged to the front straightening for home. Take Charge Lady held second, five lengths ahead of Mandy's Gold. Smok'n Frolic and Lady Liberty completed the order of finish.

Sightseek, a Juddmonte Farms homebred daughter of Distant View, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.89 and returned $4.10 as the even-money favorite.

"I wanted to make sure Take Charge Lady use herself if she was intent on getting the lead or if she wasn't intent on it, I was going to take it," Bailey said. "Edgar really seemed like he wanted the lead pretty badly, so after about an eighth of a mile I backed off it and took to the outside. If I don't do that, then they bunch up and I can never get out."

The victory was the second straight Grade 1 for Sightseek and her sixth victory in 10 career starts. She has now earned $719,866.

* Tom Durkin, the New York Racing Association track announcer, did not call the races at Belmont over the weekend. His mother, Betty Durkin died Saturday morning in her native Wisconsin.