06/10/2017 6:10PM

Wings Locked Up stays sharp winning Dark Star Cup

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Orlando Mojica wins his second of two stakes on the card aboard Wings Locked Up (right) in the Dark Star Cup.

Wings Locked Up remained razor sharp, winning for the third time in his last four starts in Saturday’s $50,000 Dark Star Cup for older dirt sprinters at Canterbury Park.

Jockey Orlando Mojica, riding his second straight stakes winner on the card, managed to get his mount to survive a duel with Shrewd Move, the horse who defeated Wings Locked Up when they met in last month’s Paul Bunyan, and withstand a late surge from 14-1 outsider Saturdaynitelites to win the 6 1/2-furlong stakes by a half-length. Churchill Downs shipper Wabel finished third.

Rated R Superstar never was in contention and finished fifth as the 2-1 favorite.

The winning time was 1:15.72.

A 5-year-old son of Munnings trained by Clinton Stuart for Sad Sac Racing, Wings Locked Up ($6.40) was coming off a win in the Ed Skinner at Prairie Meadows. He is now 14 for 35 lifetime with earnings of $396,966.

Some Say So changes tactics to win Distaff

Some Say So, winless in six previous starts on turf and still eligible for a non-winners-of-two-lifetime allowance, changed tactics to score a front-running win in the $50,000 Minnesota Turf Distaff for statebred fillies and mares.

Two weeks earlier, the 4-year-old Some Say So ($10.80) had rallied from 16 lengths behind to miss by a head against open company in an allowance at the same 7 1/2-furlong distance as the Distaff. Saturday, with a rider switch to Mojica, Some Say So was sent to the front and she proved uncatchable, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of First Hunter. Honey’s Sox Appeal, the 9-5 favorite making her turf debut, finished third.

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Trained by Judd Becker for the partnership of Tim Rosin, Jerry and Patti Miller, and Mark Kane, Some Say So, a daughter of Belong to Me, ran 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:29.85 for her second win 12 starts.

 A P Is Loose delivers as Turf favorite

A P Is Loose, a stakes winner on turf each of the last two seasons, added another victory when he narrowly prevailed as the 3-5 favorite in the $50,00 Minnesota Turf for older statebreds.

Making his second start of the year following a third-place finishing sprinting on dirt in the 10,000 Lakes, the 6-year-old A P Is Loose ($3.20) ran down front-running 34-1 longshot Pennant Fever in deep stretch and outlasted 11-1 outsider Pleasant Sun to get up by a neck after 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:30.54, foiling jockey Mojica's bid to sweep all three stakes for Thoroughbreds on the card. Pleasant Sun was a neck in front of Pennant Fever, who had a head in front at the eighth pole.

Trained by Mac Robertson for owner-breeder Joel Zamzow, A P Is Loose is now 8 for 25 with earnings of $319,155.

* The filly La Mos Pyc ($7), coming off a victory in the trials while making the first start of her 3-year-old campaign, won the $32,750 Gopher State Derby for Quarter Horses by a neck over Lil Baby Eagle. Ridden by Stormy Smith for trainer Lori Harris La Mos Pyc ran 400 yards in 20.572 seconds.