09/04/2006 11:00PM

Stakes Review, September 5


Sept. 2, Del Mar, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, Fillies and Mares,
3-Year-Olds and Up Purse: $200,000

1 - MEA DOMINA5.90-1BEYER: 100
Previous three Beyers: 95-102-99
T: Ron McAnally (162-21 .12)J: Tyler Baze (761-83 .10)

2 - Three Degrees-IRE5.80-1BEYER: 99
Previous three Beyers: 95-67-96
T: Patrick Gallagher (298-48 .16)J: Alex Solis (556-116 .20)

3 - Island Fashion9.10-1BEYER: 97
Previous three Beyers: 92-84-58
T: Julio Canani (141-29 .20)J: Jon Court (810-87 .10)

Also ran: Shining Energy(97), Bond Deal-IRE(94), Berbatim(94), Sharp Lisa(94), Amorama-FR(90), Polyfirst-FR(88), Star Parade-ARG(72).



Race 6 (f-AOC, 3+, 1 1/16)24.1247.621:11.181:35.171:41.29

Race 10 (MdnSplWt, 3+, 1 1/8)23.9347.371:12.011:36.651:48.56

Comment: Mea Domina has always had talent but injuries have kept her on the bench. She burst from an outside post under Tyler Baze, who gave her a smack with the whip when leaving the gate. She set a fast pace, maintained a clear lead, and had just enough to last over the hard-charging Three Degrees, setting a course record. Three Degrees was last and far back early, swung out for the stretch run, and closed powerfully. Island Fashion chased the winner all the way around. Shining Energy was well back early, advanced by the far turn, but couldn't sustain her run. Amorama was well back early and never made a move.

Sept. 2, Saratoga, 1 1/8 Miles, 3-Year-Olds and Up
Purse: $500,000

1 - PREMIUM TAP31.00-1BEYER: 107
Previous three Beyers: 101-102-91
T: John Kimmel (134-28 .20)J: Kent Desormeaux (581-101 .17)

2 - Second of June21.40-1BEYER: 106
Previous three Beyers: 93-94-108
T: Bill Cesare (33-4 .12)J: Garrett Gomez (859-166 .19)

3 - Sun King2.45-1BEYER: 105
Previous three Beyers: 113-96-112
T: Nick Zito (303-51 .16)J: Julien Leparoux (1262-306 .24)

Also ran: Papi Chullo(99), Andromeda's Hero(98), Wild Desert(95), Flower Alley(88), Funny Cide(88), Naughty New Yorker(85), Suave(84).



Race 1 (Clm30,000, 3+, 1 1/8 24.6949.411:14.731:40.551:53.81

Race 3 (AlwN2L, 3+, 1 1/8)23.8448.331:12.931:38.191:50.94

Comment: Premium Tap and Second of June battled all the way, with the former gamely prevailing in the final yards to post the huge upset. Premium Tap may well have become a new horse but it helped that Suave had some early trouble and Flower Alley failed to fire. Second of June battled long and hard but just couldn't quite outdo the winner. Sun King was well back early, briefly looked a threat in midstretch, but couldn't quite sustain that rally. Flower Alley sat in midpack but never made a move in a second straight disappointing run. Suave had to check hard going into the clubhouse turn, but was able to get a good position. He looked as if he were starting a run on the far turn but then fell apart into the lane.

Sept. 3, Saratoga, 1 3/16 Miles, Turf, 3-Year-Olds
Purse: $100,000

Previous three Beyers: 87-80-81
T: Michael Dickinson (63-13 .20)J: Eibar Coa (1092-207 .18)

2 - Devil's Preacher6.80-1BEYER: 92
Previous three Beyers: 89-89-76
T: George Weaver (201-26 .12)J: Edgar Prado (965-188 .19)

3 - Murch21.90-1BEYER: 89
Previous three Beyers: 81-89-83
T: Helen Pitts (143-22 .15)J: Garrett Gomez (859-166 .19)

Also ran: Crested-GB(87), Desert Wheat(84), Sadler's Trick(82), Classic Pack(82), Amigoni-IRE(77), French Beret(57).



Race 10 (f-MdnClm, 3+, 1m24.1449.411:16.531:41.58

Comment: Rock Lobster sat in midpack early, steadily advanced to the far turn, had to wait for room between horses, then burst through and came home strongly for the score. Devil's Preacher was just in front of the winner early, swept to the lead in midstretch when he rolled by the tiring speed, and looked like the winner until Rock Lobster came roaring by late. Murch was well back early and put in a wide rally to get up for third. Crested blew the start and was well back early, but made steady headway in a better-than-looked performance. Favored Amigoni pressed the pace, loomed ominously into the lane, but flattened out.

Sept. 2, Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 3-Year-Olds and Up
Purse: $250,000

1 - POMEROY6.10-1BEYER: 107
Previous three Beyers: 102-90-114
T: Martin Wolfson (106-25 .23)J: John Velazquez (661-159 .24)

2 - War Front5.10-1BEYER: 102
Previous three Beyers: 103-114-103
T: Allen Jerkens (233-34 .14)J: Jose Santos (499-73 .14)

3 - Friendly Island36.75-1BEYER: 102
Previous three Beyers: 90-104-112
T: Todd Pletcher (837-226 .27)J: Garrett Gomez (859-166 .19)

Also ran: Silver Wagon(101), Mass Media(98), Nightmare Affair(97), Awesome Twist(97), Judiths Wild Rush(90), Greeley's Galaxy(89), Commentator(82), Spanish Chestnut(71).



Race 2 (MdnSplWt, 2yo, 6 1/2f)22.4846.271:12.651:19.31

Race 5 (MdnSplWt, 3+, 5 1/2f)22.6945.8758.031:04.66

Race 6 (MdnSplWt, 2yo, 6 1/2f)22.4546.131:11.241:17.60

Race 10 (Clm35,000, 3yo, 6f)22.4046.4158.771:11.68

Comment: Pomeroy pressed a sizzling pace, ran Spanish Chestnut and the other speed into submission, rebuffed a challenge from War Front, and edged away into the lane. War Front prompted the pace, loomed ominously alongside the winner into the lane, but couldn't keep up with that rival while just hanging on for the place. Friendly Island was well back and rallied smartly through the lane to just miss second. Silver Wagon was well back early and put in a sustained run along the inside but was no real threat. Commentator was a bit slow into stride, rushed up on the heels of the leaders, seemed to be traveling well, but suddenly came under a ride into the lane and fell apart. Mass Media, the defending champ, started a run on the far turn but it didn't last long.

Sept. 3, Del Mar, 1 1/8 Miles, Turf, 3-Year-Olds
Purse: $400,000

1 - GET FUNKY6.60-1BEYER: 96
Previous three Beyers: 91-87-89
T: John Sadler (299-55 .18)J: Jose Valdivia, Jr. (411-45 .10)

2 - Obrigado-FR6.70-1BEYER: 93
Previous three Beyers: 86-80-79
T: Neil Drysdale (159-32 .20)J: Alex Solis (556-116 .20)

3 - Union Avenue3.10-1BEYER: 91
Previous three Beyers: 95-86-83
T: Bill Mott (429-88 .20)J: Corey Nakatani (489-92 .18)

Also ran: Porto Santo-FR(88), Lightning Hit-IRE(86), Nonsensical(83), Presidential Cause(83), Rateau(78), Point Determined(76).



Race 1 (f-SolnBeachH 3+, 1m)22.9346.311:10.201:22.351:34.46

Race 4 (f-AOC, 3yo, 1m)22.4046.071:09.931:21.861:33.98

Comment: Get Funky pressed the issue, took over into the lane, and bounded clear. Obrigado sat well back early, made steady headway, and finished well, though by the time he got there the winner was long gone. Union Avenue prompted the pace, took back a bit, launched a run into the lane, and finished decently. Porto Santo was toward the back early while traveling wide, stayed well wide throughout, and could only pass tired foes in a disappointing effort. Point Determined never seemed to be traveling well on the turf and was basically eased once his rider saw there was no hope. Surely it's back to dirt for him.

Sept. 3, Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, Fillies, 2-Year-Olds
Purse: $250,000

Previous three Beyers: 86
T: Scott Blasi (355-67 .18)J: Shaun Bridgmohan (703-89 .12)

2 - Cotton Blossom2.15-1BEYER: 72
Previous three Beyers: 79-75
T: Todd Pletcher (837-226 .27)J: John Velazquez (661-159 .24)

3 - X Star2.35-1BEYER: 72
Previous three Beyers: 82
T: Larry Jones (201-43 .21)J: Mario Pino (590-134 .22)

Also ran: Post Invader(58), Cool the Economy(55), Pro Pink(54), Ruby Crown(52), My Favorite(998).



Race 1 (Clm20,000, 3yo, 7f)23.5146.641:11.841:25.54

Race 2 (MdnSplWt, 3+, 7f)23.1946.431:12.361:25.84

Race 3 (f-AOC, 4+, 7f)23.8247.131:10.801:22.75

Race 4 (AlwN2L, 3+, 6f)22.2045.2657.341:09.75

Race 5 (MdnSplWt, 2yo, 7f)22.8046.461:12.051:24.99

Race 6 (f-Clm35,000, 3+, 6 1/2f)22.2545.481:11.031:17.62

Race 7 (f-MdnSplWt, 2yo, 6 1/2f)22.4145.991:10.941:17.70

Comment:Appealing Zophie jumped out to the lead, set a solid pace, and bounded away to win in a romp. Cotton Blossom was in midpack and had to be asked for run into the lane. She finally got going and did just enough to get the place, though she was never really on the winner's radar. X Star chased the winner early, tried to make a run at her on the far turn, but was never able to get close enough.

- Trip notes by Michael Hammersly