Updated on 09/16/2011 8:27AM

Union Place digs in to win Derby

Jean Raftery
Union Place (inside) outgames Miesque's Approval by a neck in the Grade 3, $200,000 Calder Derby on Saturday at Calder.

MIAMI - Union Place, who had finished second in each of his last three starts, appeared destined to be second again at midstretch of the when headed by Miesque's Approval. But he dug down and outgamed Miesque's Approval for a well-deserved neck victory in the Grade 3 race. The Calder Derby completed the guaranteed $250,000 pick four, which also included the Calder Oaks, My Dear Girl, and In Reality stakes. The pick four paid $59.10 for a $1 ticket.

Union Place relinquished the lead to Miesque's Approval approaching the quarter pole but never gave up under Eibar Coa, reasserting himself along the hedge in deep stretch to gain the decision. The Judge Sez Who rallied to finish third.

Union Place went 1 1/8 miles over a firm course in 1:47.76 seconds and paid $7.40. He is trained by Randy Schulhofer and owned by William Sorokolit Sr.

Cellars Shiraz wins using Plan B

The pace scenario may not have unfolded the way trainer Bill Cesare had hoped, but the end result turned out just fine - an easy 2 1/2-length win for Cellars Shiraz over arch rival Maliziosa in the $200,000 on Saturday. The victory gave jockey Cornelio Velasquez his third of four stakes winners on the card.

Cesare had stated he wanted Cellars Shiraz on the lead in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks. But when Something Ventured and jockey Jose Santos pressured Cellars Shiraz from the outset, Velasquez opted to ease back off Something Ventured in the run down the backstretch.

Cellars Shiraz re-engaged Something Ventured around the second turn, readily edged clear, then had plenty left to withstand the closing surge of Maliziosa.

"My horse was running freely and Santos's" - Something Ventured - "was a bit rank and erratic. Cornelio did the right thing by letting the other filly go," said Cesare, who trains Cellars Shiraz for Bitterroot Racing Stable.

The victory was the sixth in 11 starts this season for Cellars Shiraz and avenged her setback at the hands of Maliziosa in Churchill Downs's Edgewood Stakes. She paid $5 after covering the distance in 1:48.85 seconds over a firm course.

Preacher makes them pay the price

Pay the Preacher contested the pace, then dug in willingly to turn back two-time defending champion Best of the Rest for a one-length victory in the $100,000 .

Pay the Preacher shook off a challenge from Built Up while saving ground into the stretch, then withstood a game Best of the Rest. The winner of this race in 1999 and 2001, Best of the Rest tracked the leaders while racing wide and continued willingly to be second best. Three-time Grade 1 winner Sir Bear finished last.

Pay the Preacher, who received a seven-pound weight concession from the runner-up, paid $10.20 after running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.91.

Castlebrook back in top form

Castlebrook, returning to the form that made her the division leader here in 2001, rallied to a convincing 3 3/4-length win over Banderia in the $100,000 . Coolbythepool, the 6-5 favorite and defending Shocker T. champion, finished a disappointing third.

Castlebrook, who last year won four stakes, came into the Shocker T. with just a single stakes win this season. But with Cornelio Velasquez riding for the first time, she rated off the early pace, easily took command on the second bend, and was not seriously menaced after that.

Castlebrook is trained by Bill Kaplan and paid $9.40 after covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.97.

Texas Glitter equals world record

Texas Glitter successfully defended his title and in the process equaled the course and world record, beating Ghostly Numbers by 1 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 .

Texas Glitter rallied from off the pace of Flying Birdie, gained control in midstretch, then edged away under Jerry Bailey. Ghostly Numbers saved ground to finish second followed by Petrina Above and Flying Birdie who had stumbled at the break.

Texas Glitter, trained by Todd Pletcher, covered the five furlongs in 54.89 seconds, equaling the course record set in the 1998 Turf Sprint by Heckofaralph and co-held by Klassy Briefcase, Shananie's Boss, and Tsunami Spangler. He paid $3.40.

Super Fuse wins Birdonthewire

Super Fuse got the day off to a fast start with a 4 1/4-length victory over 8-5 favorite Hear No Evil in the $75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes. The winner ran six furlongs in 1:10.29 after setting fractions of 21.26 and 43.77 seconds.

Super Fuse was ridden to victory by Carlos Gonzalez for trainer Richard Ciardullo Jr. He paid $7.40.

Cassidy Stakes to Hummel

Hummel set a lightning fast pace then was all out to withstand a trio of late runners to post a three-quarters of a length win over Marnesia Light in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes, the filly counterpart to the Birdonthewire.

Hummel went an opening quarter and half-mile in 21.26 and 44.64 seconds, shortened stride badly through the final furlong, but had enough left to hold off Marnesia Light, the slow-starting Running Debate, and Crafty Brat. Lavender Lass, the even-money favorite, tired badly and finished last in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies.

Hummel, timed in 1:12.17, was ridden by Eibar Coa and returned $20.40.