05/22/2005 11:00PM

Sunday stakes recaps (05/22/05)


Sauvage finds room in Sheepshead Bay

After getting shuffled back from third to fifth approaching the quarter pole, Sauvage, ridden by Javier Castellano, was able to find room along the inside and got through to post a half-length victory over Angara in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park. It was a neck back to Barancella in third.

Sauvage ($34.20), trained by Tom Albertrani, covered the 1 3/8 miles in 2:15.65 over firm turf.

- David Grening

Hollywood: Wild Uncle Kurt comes from behind

Wild Uncle Kurt remained unbeaten through two starts after the $94,725 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park. Wild Uncle Kurt ran down pacesetter The Missile Came to win by two lengths, going five furlongs in 58.85 seconds. The Missile Came was five lengths clear of June's Prince.

Isaias Enriquez rode Wild Uncle Kurt ($4) for trainer Mike Harrington.

- Steve Andersen

Woodbine: Gold Strike upsets in Selene

Gold Strike ($12) upset previously unbeaten Lemon Maid, the 3-5 favorite, in the $280,400 Selene Stakes at Woodbine.

Gold Strike coasted home on top by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:45.80 for 1 1/16 miles. Charming Ruckus rallied to finish 3 1/2 lengths behind Lemon Maid. Jim McAleney rode Gold Strike for trainer Reade Baker.

- Ron Gierkink

France: Vadawina, Valixir score

Vadawina and Valixir gave trainer Andre Fabre a Group 1 double at Longchamp with victories in the Prix Saint-Alary and Prix d'Ispahan. Vadawina won the Saint-Alary by four lengths over Argentina, and Valixir handed Elvstroem a two-length defeat in the Ispahan.

* Cesario came with her usual late run to win the $2.1 million Yushun Himba, or Japanese Oaks, at Tokyo with a neck victory over Air Messiah.

- Alan Shuback

Monmouth: Portsea all the way

Portsea took control out of the gate and never looked back, winning the $60,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park by one length. Golden Locket rallied for second and All Platinum was another four lengths back in third.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Portsea ($3.20) stopped the timer in 1:10.23 for six furlongs.

Golden Gate: Yerevan Star shines

Yerevan Star ($4.80) pulled away in the lane and easily captured the $58,712 Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, beating Our Mango by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:09.16 for six furlongs.

Trained by Gloria Haley, Yerevan Star has now won 4 of 10 starts.

- Chuck Dybdal

Turf Paradise: Balustrade wires in meet finale

Balustrade went wire to wire in the final race of the Turf Paradise meet, the Hasta La Vista Handicap. The $50,000 feature was contested at 1 7/8 miles. Ridden by Tony Farina for trainer Leonard Powell, Balustrade paid $8.20 to win.

- Michael Hammersly

Emerald Downs: Sabertooth sets world record

Sabertooth smashed the world record for 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt in the $40,000 FSN Handicap at Emerald Downs. Sabertooth ($3.80), trained by Jim Penney, notched a 3 3/4-length victory over Best on Tap in 1:13.

The previous world record for 6 1/2 furlongs of 1:13.24 was set by Lucky Forever at Hollywood Park in May 1995.- Dennis Dodge

* The 3-year old filly Isle See You Later ($8.40) vanquished older rivals in the $40,000 Lady Slipper Stakes at Canterbury Park, defeating Shakopee by two lengths in 1:10.88 for six furlongs.

* S C King staged the guttiest performance of his young career at Lincoln State Fair Sunday when he captured the $12,687 Journal Star Stakes by a nose under Armando Martinez.