06/25/2010 11:00PM

Wynning Ride holds off Euphony in Distaff


ALTOONA, Iowa - Wynning Ride turned back defending champion Euphony to win the $100,000 stakes by a length Friday night at Prairie Meadows.

The Distaff and Saylorville were the supporting features on the first night of the Iowa Festival of Racing. The card was topped by the $125,000 Iowa Sprint. Subprime, whose connections chose to race elsewhere, and Patti's Regal Song, whom suffered a minor foot injury while preparing to ship, were scratched from the Distaff, leaving a field of four to go to post in the 1 1/16 contest for older females.

Hightap set the pace early through fractions of 23.53, 47.01, and 1:10.87. Wynning Ride tracked just outside of Hightap in second with less than four lengths separating the quartet until the stretch.

Euphony rallied from last through the far turn and drove between Wynning Ride and a fading Hightap at the top of the lane. Euphony gamely chased Wynning Ride through the stretch but fell short.

"She looked like she was waiting for company," said jockey Martin Garcia of Wynning Ride. "There was no chance she was going to pass her." The Bob Baffert trainee edged to a clear length advantage in the final strides, finishing in 1:42.77.

Wynning Ride was a slight favorite over Euphony with both mares going off at 6-5. The 4-year-old mare by Candy Ride is owned by Arnold Zetcher.

Secret Gypsy gets perfect trip In Saylorville

Secret Gypsy stalked speedsters Margie Marie and Mindy Queen through quick early fractions, then drew away in the stretch to win the .

"She came in really well, and she's getting better and better," said Ronny Werner, "that's what you want from a horse."

The six-furlong sprint went off with six fillies and mares after the scratch of Miss Heather Lee.

Pacesetter Margie Marie was pressed by Mindy Queen, with the two setting fractions of 21.27, 43.53, and 55.50. Secret Gypsy ($6.20) tracked three wide, just behind the leaders to the far turn, where she methodically began to get on even terms with the front-runners. She accelerated off the turn and drew away from Mindy Queen easily inside the final eighth to win by 4 lengths in a final time of 1:08.28.

"I had a perfect trip, they went fast in front of me," said jockey Jamie Theriot.

Palanka City, favored at 6-5 rallied from fifth to finish in third.

Secret Gypsy is owned by John Kuehl and Nathan Fox's Richland Hills Stable. Werner said there were no definite plans for Secret Gypsy for, but indicated that the five-year-old mare may be headed to Saratoga.

The Iowa Festival of Racing continues on Saturday with three graded stakes races, the Cornhusker Handicap, Iowa Derby, and Iowa Oaks.