Ron Winchell's Kentucky homebred Tapiture put away the field by 4 1/4 lengths to break his maiden in Saturday's Grade 2, $175,200 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Steve Asmussen charge grabbed the public's attention while racking up 10 points in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race and will head to Fair Grounds for his three-year-old campaign.
"He goes to the Fair Grounds from here," Asmussen said when asked if he would head to Fair Grounds or California next.
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria just got up to take Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle at Aqueduct over stablemate Got Lucky and tenacious pacesetter Penwith. The Todd Pletcher-trained juvenile miss lived up to her 4-5 favoritism in the nine-furlong contest, which was clocked in a pedestrian time of 1:52 3/5 over the fast main track.
Todd Pletcher will be seeking his third win in a row in the $400,000 Demoiselle at Aqueduct on Saturday, and has given himself an excellent shot of doing so by saddling half of the six two-year-old fillies in the 1 1/8-mile fixture.
Tepin wore down 5-2 favorite Bahnah in the stretch to claim the victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess for two-year-old fillies.
Tracking in fourth under Miguel Mena as Zip On led through fractions of :22 4/5 and :47 2/5, Tepin held her position as Bahnah seized control from that one around the far turn. Given her cue by Mena after Bahnah passed the six-furlong marker in 1:12 2/5, Tepin eventually proved best with a winning stretch bid.
Unable to show her true colors in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies earlier this month, Concave will be hoping for better luck against six rivals in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess at one mile.
She's a Tiger just held off Ria Antonia on the wire of Saturday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but was disqualified for a slight bumping incident right before the wire, which resulted in the runner-up being elevated to victory by the stewards in the $1,840,000 event.
Artemis Agrotera broke her maiden by a romping 11 lengths at Saratoga in her August 16 career debut and continued to prove her superiority with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette at Belmont Park.
John C. Oxley's Madly Truly (Malibu Moon) was sent off the 5-2 choice in Saturday's $151,523 Mazarine (Can-G3) at Woodbine despite a fourth-place run in the Natalma (Can-G3) last out and vindicated those odds with a one-length victory under jockey Patrick Husbands.
The Mark Casse trainee earned 10 points in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series when completing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:44 4/5.
Conquest Stables LLC's My Conquestadory suffered an educational trip in Friday's Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades on the opening day card of Keeneland's fall meet. Stuck in traffic for much of the backstretch run, the Mark Casse-trained miss angled wide around the turn and drew off in the lane to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire.
The Artie Schiller filly was sent off the 6-5 favorite and lived up to her odds when finishing 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack in 1:45 3/5.
Saturday's C$150,000 Mazarine (Can-G3) at Woodbine is turning into a Natalma (Can-G2) rematch as five of the eight runners are exiting that one-mile turf contest.
Llanarmon (Sky Mesa) rallied for victory in the Natalma, and for the first time in her two-race career will be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles while trying the Polytrack in the Mazarine. Trainer Roger Attfield will give Emma-Jayne Wilson a leg up on the dark bay juvenile miss.
Westrock Stables LLC's Secret Compass upset the field by a head in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,500 Chandelier Stakes as the 10-1 second longest shot on the board and paid her supporters $23.40 to win in a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race for the Juvenile Fillies.
Winchell Thoroughbreds's homebred Untapable bided her time on the inside early in Saturday evening's Grade 2, $168,150 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs before putting in a sustained drive down the stretch to just get up under jockey Rosie Napravnik for the half-victory over 8-5 favorite Stonetastic. Sent off the 5-1 third choice in the eight-filly field, she paid $13.60 to win.
The Grade 2, $150,000 Pocahontas for two-year-old fillies, one of four stakes on Saturday's "Downs After Dark" program, kicks off the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series that determines eligibility for the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks on May 2, 2014. A field of eight will contest the 1 1/16-mile event on the main track.
As part of the "Prep Season" portion of the scoring system, the Pocahontas awards points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers.
PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / UNLIMITED BUDGET / DREAMING OF JULIA / SILSITA – The report on the four Kentucky Oaks (GI) fillies out of the Todd Pletcher barn was all positive Saturday morning following their major impact on the rich 3-year-old filly classic.
Princess of Sylmar (the winner), Unlimited Budget (third), Dreaming of Julia (fourth) and Silsita (10th) “came out of the race well,” Pletcher said. “They all pulled up in good order.”
Friday’s attendance was surpassed only by the 116,046 that attended in 2010. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Mike Smith, Princess of Sylmar covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track in 1:49.17. It was the first Oaks victory for Smith and the third for Pletcher, who won the 2004 running with Ashado and in 2007 with Rags to Riches.
Trained by Chad Brown, Noble Tune covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.63. The victory in the race was the second for Castellano, who won the American Turf in 2005 with Rey de Café.
Trained by Pat Byrne and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Take Charge Indy covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast main track in 1:41.47.Cyber Secret, ridden by Robby Albarado, finished second, but was placed eighth by the stewards for interference into the run to the first turn. Hynn Book, who finished a length behind Cyber Secret, was elevated to second and Bourbon Courage was moved up to third.