07/04/2017 7:44AM

Teddy Time nips stablemate A P Is Loose in Blair's Cove Stakes

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Teddy Time, ridden by Quincy Welsch, runs down stablemate A P Is Loose to win the Blair's Cover Stakes on Monday.

A furlong from the finish, trainer Mac Robertson appeared to be on the way to a third-straight victory in the $50,000 Blair’s Cove Stakes with the estimable Minnesota-bred A P Is Loose. Indeed, Robertson did win the race, but A P Is Loose did not, run down in the final yards by fast-finishing 23-1 shot Teddy Time.

Teddy Time, still eighth after three-quarters of a mile in the 1 1/16-mile Blair’s Cove, stormed home under Quincy Hamilton and cut down A P Is Loose to win by a half-length. The Robertson pair proved much the best, as Where’s Jordan finished third while two lengths behind A P Is Loose.

Teddy Time ($48.40) was making his stakes debut in his 10th start. A 4-year-old gelding bred and owned by Jeff Larson, Teddy Time, by Northern Afleet and out of the Devil His Due mare Devil Not Me, debuted last year as a 3-year-old and had in-and-out form while starting five times for a claiming tag. Back from a long break at the 2017 Canterbury meet, Teddy Time had shown improved form in a pair of starts – one turf, one dirt – but clearly hit a career peak on Monday.

Speed Is Life set a decent pace, 23.47 for the quarter and 47.26 to the half, as A P Is Loose and Alex Canchari stalked the pace between horses from fourth. A P Is Loose found room to operate at the three-furlong marker on the far turn and ranged three wide into the homestretch to challenge for the lead. He got it fairly comfortably, but Hamilton had guided Teddy Time off the fence and to the outside at the top of the stretch, and Teddy Time kept coming and coming until he had found the wire.

He was timed in 1:41.03 over firm turf, looking nothing like a 23-1 shot and very much like a new solid player in the Minnesota-bred turf-route stakes division.

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Some Say So all the way in Princess Elaine

Some Say So won just once in her first 11 starts, but her second straight victory netted her a second stakes win as she led from start to finish Monday night in the $50,000 Princess Elaine Stakes.

Under Orlando Mojica, Some Say So went straight to the front in the 1 1/16-mile turf race and set comfortable splits of  23.87 for her first quarter-mile, 48.16 to the half, and 1:11.38 for six furlongs. Some Say So drifted out a bit cornering for home as Honey’s Sox Appeal began cutting into her margin, but Mojica stayed very busy, and Some Say So found enough to prevail by a half-length.

It was two more lengths back to First Hunter in third, as Some Say So, who paid $5.60 as the favorite, stopped the timer in 1:41.63 for 1 1/16 miles on firm turf,

Trained by Judd Becker, Some Say So is a homebred owned by Tim Rosin, Jerry Miller, and Mark Kane. The 4-year-old filly is by Belong to Me out of Love Factor, by Royal Academy.

Some Say So won her career debut last May at Canterbury but had lost 10 races in a row before winning the Minnesota Turf Distaff on June 10. And now the filly is really on a roll.