09/23/2012 7:29AM

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.

pathagan More than 1 year ago
Top Debutante was going to run 2nd, but she broke down badly and went down just before the wire. Special Holiday stumbled over her as a result and dropped Frank Alvarado. No word on the condition of either jockey Abel Cedillo or Alvarado. Unfortunately, Top Debutante had to be put down. :(
Thomas Mclaughlin More than 1 year ago
Both jockeys walked away. Alvardo was motionless on the ground for a few minutes after the incident. Both jockeys took off their mounts in the next(last) race.
pathagan More than 1 year ago
That's great news there, Thomas. Thank Goodness.