09/23/2012 7:29AM

Stockton: Cougarstown surprises in Harvest


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.