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Weekend stakes recaps
Uriah rallies to victory in Long Island 'Cap
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Owner Gary Tanaka and trainer Harro Remmert won the Long Island Handicap two years ago with the German-bred 3-year-old filly Moonlady. They did it again in Saturday's running of the Grade 2 Long Island, winning with Uriah, another 3-year-old German-bred filly.
On a turf course rated soft because of rain, Uriah split horses under Norberto Arroyo Jr. in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Long Island Handicap by a nose over Sunstone.
The final time of 2:42.48 was more than 15 seconds off the course record.
Uriah, who had won four of her first six starts, all in Germany, trailed early, and came through a hole on the inside in the stretch. "She was a little shy at first coming through that hole, but I chirped to her a few times and she got through," said Arroyo.
Uriah paid $18.60 as the fourth choice in a field of 11 fillies and mares. Sunstone, a 15-1 shot with two lifetime wins, outfinished co-second choices Mot Juste and Sulk, who finished third and fourth.
- Dave Litfin
Churchill Downs: Caught in the Rain again
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Caught in the Rain is now 3 for 3 on turf after her 32-1 upset in the $173,700 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs,
Caught in the Rain, based at Philadelphia Park with trainer Guadalupe Preciado, stalked the pace in the Mrs. Revere, a Grade 2 turf race for 3-year-old fillies. With Eddie King Jr. aboard, she put away front-running Styleistick, turned back a strong challenge from Bedanken, and finished a neck clear of a torrid late run from Glia, the 5-2 favorite in a field of 11. Bedanken finished another neck back in third.
Caught in the Rain ($66.20) finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.25 over a yielding turf course
- Marty McGee
Hollywood: Puxa Saco still perfect sprinting
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Puxa Saco ran her sprint record to 4 for 4 by rallying to capture the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Puxa Saco settled just off the early pace, then unleashed a determined rally to collar pacesetting Watching You midway through the seven-furlong race, and drew away to win by two lengths.
Puxa Saco, trained by Jenine Sahadi, was timed in 1:21.84 on the fast main track and she paid $3.60 as the odds-on favorite.
- Jay Privman
Calder: Best of the Rest best in Rose
MIAMI - Best of the Rest put an exclamation mark on Calder's inaugural Florida Million card when he rallied to post a 1 1/2-length victory over The Judge Sez Who in the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic. The Rose was one of six statebred stakes worth a combined $1 million on the program.
Best of the Rest ($2.80) ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.87 over a fast track.
o Coolbythepool ($11.20) regained the title of queen of Calder when she rallied from far back to outfinish 25-1 Sara's Success and Cellars Shiraz and post a neck decision in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.
Coolbythepool is scheduled to be bred to Montbrook in 2003.
o Miesque's Approval scored a head victory over Sir Brian's Sword in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup. Miesque's Approval ($3) rallied down the middle of the track to overtake Sir Brian's Sword in the final 40 yards of the 1 1/8-mile Turf Cup, on a "good" grass course.
o Tour of the Cat ($8.80) withstood a stretchlong bid from New York invader My Cousin Matt for a three-quarter-length victory in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. Built Up rallied mildly to finish third.
o Supah Blitz benefited from a blistering pace and a track that appeared to favor outside closers to win the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile Stakes by a length. Supah Blitz ($23.20), last down the backstretch, angled wide entering the stretch, and ran down Hear No Evil in the final sixteenth of a mile.
o Elegant Designer ($5.60), back at her Calder base after a race in New York, won the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes by three lengths. Crimson and Roses finished second in the 12-horse field of 2-year-old fillies, with Running Debate third.- Mike Welsch
Mountaineer: Docent draws off in Mile
Neither rain, mud, nor the four rivals he faced could to do anything to slow down Docent in the $102,900 Mountaineer Mile Handicap at Mountaineer Park.
Docent, ridden by Jeremy Rose for trainer Tim Ritchey, drew off to a six-length victory in the Mile, covering the distance in 1:38.32 over a muddy track and earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 104.
It was the third stakes win in the last four starts for the 4-year-old Docent, who was racing just 11 days after finishing third in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap in New York.
Smashing Beau finished second, 1 3/4 lengths in front of Tour the Hive.
- Joe DeVivo
Hoosier Park: Crafty Shaw scores in hot time
ANDERSON, Ind. - Crafty Shaw ($5.40) won the $103,600 Michael G. Schaefer Mile by 1 1/4 lengths in a meet-best 1:35.69 over a track rated good. The time was more than two seconds faster than the previous best at the distance this season.
Also on the card was the $74,000 Indiana Futurity for statebred colts and geldings. K K Avey ($5.20) rallied boldly through the stretch to run down Groovy Zone and post a one-length victory.
- Bill Hodtwalker
Delta Downs: Statebreds on parade
VINTON, La. - Louisiana-breds continued a lucrative fall schedule at Delta Downs, with five stakes restricted to those bred in the Bayou State.
Mighty Merlin ($5) got things started with a 3 3/4-length victory in the Louisiana Premier Juvenile.
The Starlet Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies, went to Itsmybag ($8.20) who held Kool K. J. safe late to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths.
Zarb's Luck ($7.20) won the Premier Day Sprint by 1 1/4 lengths under defending riding champ Guy Smith.
Prized Amberpro ($4.60) rallied strongly in Distaff and won by 6 3/4 lengths.
In the featured $100,000 Premier Championship Stakes, recently named Louisiana Downs horse of the meeting Walk in the Show ($4.40) proved too much for top local handicap performer and even-money favorite Oak Hall, posting a 3 3/4-length win.
- Jeff Taylor
Other Saturday stakes
o Yo ($3.40) won for the third time in four career starts by holding off Senor Cielo Two by a 1 1/4 lengths in the $50,000 Nursery Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-olds, the final stakes of the season at Philadelphia Park.
o My Girl Lisa, the only filly in the field, beat nine males in the $44,200 Crafty Drone Stakes at Hawthorne. Ridden by Chris Emigh, My Girl Lisa won by a length, covering five furlongs over a firm turf course in 56.30, .20 off the track record. Longshot Only You won a three-way photo for second with Man o' Rhythm another neck back in third.
Super Fuse shines in Huntington
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Florida shipper Super Fuse overcame the loss of his right blinker cup in the starting gate and a sloppy Aqueduct main track to win Sunday's $82,475 Huntington Stakes for juveniles by 3 1/4 lengths.
American Mon, the 4-5 favorite, rallied under jockey Jerry Bailey to be second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of First Blush. Silver Squire, the morning-line favorite, scratched due to the sloppy track conditions, trainer John Kimmel said.
Super Fuse, the 120-pound highweight under Carlos Gonzalez, showed speed while four wide down the backside, crept up alongside Buzzy's Gold and First Blush around the far turn, took the lead straightening for home, and edged clear while under a drive. Super Fuse covered the six furlongs in 1:10.40 and returned $8.10.
"Going into the gate, he ripped a piece of his right blinker off, but there was no time to fix it,'' Gonzalez said. "I was pretty nervous; thankfully, he broke alertly and we got a good spot. He was just better than this field.''
It was the fourth victory in five career starts for Super Fuse, a son of Lite the Fuse trained by Richard Ciardullo Jr. Super Fuse will return to Florida and be pointed to the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3.
- David Grening
Churchill: Dr. Kashnikow's River City, again
Dr. Kashnikow, whose most recent victory came in this race last year, used a fortunate head-bob to defeat 53-1 shot Foster's Landing by a nose Sunday in the $175,650 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs.
With Robby Albarado riding, Dr. Kashnikow, a 5-year-old Canadian-bred gelding, rallied from 10th in a field of 11 and gained a slight advantage in deep stretch. But then Foster's Landing, who raced near the pace, rallied back, and it was a timely bob of the head that preserved the repeat triumph for Dr. Kashnikow.
Dr. Kashnikow returned $8.60 as second choice after finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.44 over yielding turf. His second win in the Grade 3 River City came after seven defeats in the interim.
Dr. Kashnikow foiled what would have been the first Churchill stakes victory for apprentice rider John McKee, who rode Foster's Landing for trainer Dale Romans.
Moon Solitaire, the 117-pound starting highweight and 7-5 favorite, finished 10th.
- Marty McGee
Hollywood: Rolly Polly tough in turf dashes
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Since arriving in this country from France, Rolly Polly has sprinted on the turf and dirt, and run long on turf. But she has done her best in turf sprints. In Sunday's $75,000 Safely Kept Handicap at Hollywood Park, she won her fifth turf sprint without a loss in the United States with a late rally to get up just in time.
Rolly Polly, the heavy favorite, received a perfect trip in the 5 1/2-furlong race. She sat third early behind the dueling leaders, Wild Tickle and Harvest Girl, as they clicked off fractions of 22.55 seconds and 45.09 for a half-mile. Still third with a furlong remaining, Rolly Polly surged late and won by a half-length in 1:03.01 on the firm course. Wild Tickle and Harvest Girl finished in a dead heat for second.
Rolly Polly ($2.80) has now won five times in nine starts for trainer Bobby Frankel, including last year's Safely Kept. Her last four victories have been by a combined margin of 1 1/2 lengths.
"She always makes it close. The last 50 yards, she takes off, no matter the distance," Frankel said. "Maybe she's smarter than we are."
Rolly Polly, a 4-year-old daughter of Mukaddamah, has won 10 times in 17 starts. She was ridden this time by Kent Desormeaux because Pat Valenzuela, who had ridden Rolly Polly in her three prior starts, is on suspension.
"This is a big win for me," said Desormeaux, who had just one prior victory in two weeks at this meet. "It'll pick my head up."
- Jay Privman
Colonial Cup: Flat Top wins, Eclipse may follow
Flat Top likely clinched his second Eclipse Award with a victory in Sunday's $100,000 Colonial Cup steeplechase at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C. It was the second straight Grade 1 victory for Flat Top, who previously won the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase on Oct. 19.
Flat Top is trained by Janet Elliot and was ridden by Rob Massey.
Flat Top won by 6 1/4 lengths, with Tres Touche second and All Gong third. Flat Top ran the 2 3/4 miles over soft turf in 5:25.20.