08/05/2001 11:00PM

Sunday Stakes recaps (8/5/01)


Tranquility Lake shows her Cup options are open

DEL MAR, Calif. - Regardless of whether she starts on turf or dirt, Tranquility Lake is bound for the World Thoroughbred Championships this fall at Belmont Park.

After Tranquility Lake upset Gourmet Girl in Sunday's $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap on the main track at Del Mar, Marty Wygod, who co-owns the 6-year-old mare with his wife, Pam, said she could run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff on dirt or the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

The four-runner Hirsch Handicap was essentially a match race between Gourmet Girl and Tranquility Lake, two millionaires who are multiple Grade 1 winners. Gourmet Girl led for the first furlong, but Tranquility Lake ($6.60) under jockey Eddie Delahoussaye engaged Gourmet Girl and took over midway on the first turn.

Tranquility Lake held a half-length advantage over Gourmet Girl on the backstretch. On the final turn, she began to pull clear and was not challenged in the stretch. She won by three lengths, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.78.

Gourmet Girl, the even-money favorite, held second, finishing 2 1/2 lengths in front of Nany's Sweep.

- Steve Andersen

Saratoga: Five Star Day is back!

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - What was supposed to be the coming-out party for Bonapaw instead turned into the resurrection of Five Star Day. Bouncing back from three dismal efforts dating back to a last-place finish in last November's Breeders' Cup Sprint, Five Star Day led every step of the way to take Sunday's $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths over Delaware Township. It was two lengths back to 7-5 favorite Bonapaw.

Five Star Day, a 5-year-old son of Carson City, has had a history of gate trouble. Sunday, he broke cleanly under Garrett Gomez and immediately opened up a 1 1/2-length lead while running an opening quarter in 21.88 seconds. Just Call Me Carl came to his flank approaching the quarter pole, but Five Star Day ran away from him through the stretch and had more than enough to hold off Delaware Township, under Jerry Bailey.

Bonapaw missed the break, according to his connections, and finished third.

- David Grening

Rockingham: 'Shopping' wins by nose

SALEM, N.H. - Shopping for Love won Sunday's $100,000 Spicy Living Sweepstakes Handicap by a nose over Step With Style. It was seven lengths farther back to Big Miss in third in the scratch-riddled field of six fillies and mares.

Shopping for Love, the 4-5 favorite, gained good position under Norberto Arroyo Jr. after the break of the about 1 1/8-mile turf race. Arroyo asked Shopping for Love for some run on the final turn, and by the time she hit the top of the stretch, she was clear on the lead. Shopping for Love passed the furlong pole with a 2 1/2-length advantage and held off the steadily closing Step With Style. - Bruce Zagnit

Woodbine: Trajectory beats Exciting Story

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Delaware Park shipper Trajectory nailed Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Exciting Story on the wire to capture Sunday's $133,625 Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine. Trajectory trailed the five-horse field on the clubhouse turn, and made his way into third on the backstretch before being angled three wide on the far turn. Exciting Story assumed command at the head of the stretch, while Trajectory came five wide for the drive. Trajectory ($7.10) gradually wore down Exciting Story to prevail by a neck. Catch the Ring, the lone filly in the field, was another four lengths back in third.

- Ron Gierkink

Louisiana Downs: Norman can't lose

When Taffy won $40,000 Delicada Stakes, it was trainer Cole Norman's 13th win of the week. Taffy stalked odds-on favorite Nanie's Dinner and second-choice Midge Too early. Taffy ($9.40) challenged the leaders nearing the and drew clear in the late going to prevail by three lengths.

- Jeff Taylor