07/05/2016 12:01PM

Smooth Shiraz drubs stablemate Cupid's Delight in Victor S. Myers Stakes


The stablemates Smooth Chiraz and Cupid’s Delight have traded decisions the last two years, and on paper seemed closely matched in the $60,000 Victor S. Myers Stakes on Monday at Canterbury Park. But on the track it was no match at all, as Smooth Chiraz stalked and pounced from the rail, and went on to a seven-length win over Cupid’s Delight in the six-furlong dirt race for Minnesota-bred 3-year-olds.

“I just sat in the pocket and hoped the rail was good,” said Dean Butler, who rode Smooth Chiraz.

Indeed, the rail was good throughout the Fourth of July weekend at Canterbury, and once clear, Smooth Chiraz buried the competition. Cupid’s Delight, completing a Francisco Bravo-trained exacta, finished three-quarters of a length in front of Bar Fight, who had a big early lead but folded in the homestretch.

Smooth Chiraz ran six furlongs on a fast-playing track in 1:09.67 and paid $5.60 to win as the second choice.

Cupid’s Delight, having beaten Smooth Chiraz by eight lengths when they met last month, went off the even-money favorite.

Smooth Chiraz was bred and is owned by Ann Sachdev and Lori Bravo. The gelding, by Chitoz out of the Star Dabbler mare Memory Divides, ran his record to 6-4-0-0.

Dazzlingsweetheart remains unbeaten

Dazzlingsweetheart overcame a slow break to make the lead and never looked back, winning the $60,000 Frances Genter Stakes for Minnesota-bred 3-year-old fillies by 3 1/4 lengths to remain unbeaten in three starts.

Dazzlingsweetheart was last away from the gate in her first two starts, and though she broke sixth of seven starters Monday, she had sufficient speed to make the front under Chris Rosier. Dazzlingsweetheart went a fast half-mile in 44.81 seconds but only increased her advantage through the homestretch, winning comfortably over 3-2 favorite Honey Sox’s Appeal. Stella’s Princess finished third.

Trained by Joe Sharp, Dazzlingsweetheart, a daughter of Dazzling Falls, was purchased at auction for $31,000 by owners Barry and Joni Butzow. She debuted in May with a maiden win, beat first-level allowance horses second out, and ran her best race Monday in the Genter. She ran six furlongs in 1:09.95 and paid $7.40 to win.