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Southern California invader WICKEDLY PERFECT (Congrats), who suffered her first career loss last time out in the Darley Debutante S. (G1) at Del Mar, got back on the winning track with a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's $400,000 Alcibiades S. (G1) on opening day at Keeneland. Under a well-judged ride by Rafael Bejarano, the 3-2 favorite maintained a safe two-length margin in her two-turn debut, and thereby propelled herself into the November 5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Jeff Nielsen's FULL MOON BLUES (Petionville) made all the running to register an 11-1 upset of the $98,000 Tempted S. (G3) for juveniles fillies over a mile. Malcolm Franklin guided the Maryland-based filly through splits of :24, :48 1/5 and 1:13, and drew away to defeat favorites Tap for Luck (Tapit) and Dixie City (Dixie Union) in a time of 1:38 2/5 over a track labeled good.
Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred WINTER MEMORIES (El Prado [Ire]) ran away from her rivals in Sunday's $150,000 Miss Grillo S. (G3) at Belmont Park. With jockey Jose Lezcano aboard, the James Toner trainee circled the field rounding the turn and took command entering the stretch. From there, the gray lass turned the 1 1/16-mile turf test into a paid workout as she drew off under her own power to be 5 1/4 lengths clear on the wire.
Mark Dedomenico's WONDERLANDBYNIGHT (Sky Mesa) rallied into contention off the far turn and drew clear in the final furlong for a 2 1/2-length score in Saturday's $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie S. (G3). Trained by Michael Reavis and ridden by E.T. Baird, the chestnut juvenile filly survived a claim of foul by the jockey of runner-up Jordy Y (Congrats) to capture her graded debut, completing a mile over Polytrack in 1:36 3/5.
Starlight Partners' POSITION LIMIT (Bellamy Road) raced on the outside just in behind the leaders during Sunday's $150,000 Adirondack S. (G2) at Saratoga, began her run four wide on the turn and drew off in the stretch to capture the 6 1/2-furlong test by five lengths under jockey John Velazquez. The Todd Pletcher trainee finished up in 1:17 1/5 to move her record to a perfect two-for-two following a 6 3/4-length maiden victory on July 14 at Belmont Park.
Lansdon B. Robbins III's homebred LE MI GEAUX (First Samurai) had a bumpy start in Friday's $100,000 Schuylerville S. (G3) on Saratoga's opening day, settled near the rear, then came with a game run in the stretch to overtake longtime leader Stopspendingmaria (Montbrook) and score by 1 1/2 lengths. The chestnut miss was sent off the 9-1 fourth choice in the six-filly field and paid $20.20, $7.70 and $3.60 to her backers.
In the $195,084 Natalma S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine, Robert S. Evans' homebred NEW NORMAL (Forestry) led throughout to take the one-mile feature by 1 1/2 lengths under Javier Castellano. Establishing splits of :23 4/5, :47 4/5 and 1:12 1/5, New Normal maintained a one-length advantage much of the way, turned back a brief challenge by Dos Lunas (Hennessy) a furlong out, and pulled away again to finish in 1:36 2/5.
Eldon Farm Equine's JUST LOUISE (Five Star Day) prevailed in a thrilling 110th running of Saturday's $108,800 Debutante S. (G3), winning by a neck over the fast-closing Tristanme (Bwana Charlie) following a prolonged stretch battle with 3-5 favorite Salty Strike (Smart Strike). Making her stakes debut for Dale Romans, the juvenile filly remained perfect in two starts at Churchill Downs and completed six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 beneath Robby Albarado.
E. Paul Robsham Stable's homebred R HEAT LIGHTNING (Trippi) was content to allow the rest of the field to go on during the early running of Sunday's $250,000 Spinaway S. (G1) at Saratoga, but was determined to be first under the wire for trainer Todd Pletcher.
In an explosive move reminiscent of her maiden win at Del Mar on August 15, Ike and Dawn Thrash's TELL A KELLY (Tapit) inhaled 5-2 favorite Wickedly Perfect (Congrats) in midstretch of Saturday's $250,000 Darley Debutante S. (G1) and burst clear to a 4 1/2-length victory. By emphatically brushing aside the hitherto unbeaten Sorrento S. (G3) winner, Tell a Kelly stamped herself as a serious juvenile.