09/23/2012 8:29AM

Stockton: Cougarstown surprises in Harvest

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Cougarstown, the second longest shot on the board, broke alertly from the rail and led every step of the way as she captured  her stakes debut, winning the $68,250 Harvest Stakes at the San Joaquin Fair in Stockton on Saturday.

The 4-year-old Cougarstown ($38.60) claimed by trainer Keith Nations for Theresa and Edward DeNike for $32,000 in her debut May 5, 2011, at Golden Gate Fields, set brisk fractions and had plenty left in the lane as she won the six-furlong stakes for fillies and mares.

She was a length ahead after a 22.93-second opening quarter and maintained the same margin after a 45.00 half-mile. She was 1 1/2 lengths in front at the eighth pole and held off Blendara by three-quarters of a length, winning in 1:08. 81. Blendara and Bleach Blonde, who both rallied late, wound up second and third. Blendara was 2 1/4 lengths in front of Bleach Blonde.

Cougarstown, a Speightstown filly, earned $42,150 to increase her earnings to $100,371 with her third victory in nine starts.