05/26/2012 2:01PM

Thistledown: Pay the Man tough in Angenora Stakes


Pay the Man, a top Ohio-bred female throughout her career, heads a field of 12 Ohio-bred fillies and mares in Monday’s 20th running of the $50,000 Angenora Stakes.

Owned by Pyrite Stables and trained by Miguel A. Feliciano, Pay the Man has won this six-furlong event every year since 2007, except for 2010 when she finished second to her stablemate Pyrite Gem. She has a record of 22-6-7 from 54 starts and earnings of $826,416. Fifteen of those wins have been at Thistledown, and she won six of eight starts last year, all with handicap or stakes company. Pay the Man was voted 3-year-old Ohio filly champion in 2007 and champion Ohio handicap mare in 2008 and 2011. She prepped for this race by breezing five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.40 May 16 . She will be ridden by Feliciano’s nephew Ricardo Feliciano.

Main opposition should come from Startin Something, who won the T.F. Classen Memorial here May 4. The 4-year-old Musical Dreamer filly was a double stakes winner last year and comes into the race in top form for trainer Tim Hamm. Under the allowance conditions of the race, she is co-highweighted with Paythe Man at 122 pounds and will be ridden by Scott Spieth.

Last year, Honey Be Fleet had a second and two thirds behind Pay the Man in Ohio stakes. She makes her seasonal debut after posting a bullet work May 21 at River Downs going four furlongs in 47.69 seconds. She is trained by Justin Atkins and will be ridden by Luis A. Gonzalez, Ohio’s winningest stakes rider last year.

Another horse to watch is Willa Wando, who finished second against the boys in an Ohio-bred allowance race here May 12.