08/23/2003 12:00AM

Thistledown: 'Gonzo' takes Miss Ohio

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NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Baba Gonzo went up along the rail to make the lead before going a quarter-mile, set the balance of the pace, and defeated six Ohio-bred 2-year-old rivals in the $40,000 Miss Ohio Stakes. Sheikh and Awe finished second, 5 1/4 lengths behind Baba Gonzo and 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Keepyourwitsaboutu.

Baba Gonzo ($3), bred and owned by Edward Marshall, won her first career race from three career starts and got the six furlongs in 1:12.90 over a fast racing strip. She is trained by Alan Sobol and was ridden by Luis Gonzalez.