BetPTC.com Weekend Recap 2/9

Lea impressive winning the Donn Handicap

Lea stalked the early leader and took command late to win the $500,000 Grade 1 Donn Handicap. Sent off at odds of 5/1, Lea (BetPTC.com Top Selection) was out in very good order in second as Uncaptured and Miguel Mena went out to the early lead.  Lea was sent up after Uncaptured down the backstretch and those two battled all the way into the far turn.  Joel Rosario sent Lea to the lead and meanwhile Will Take Charge (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) started their move from the back of the pack.  Lea straightened away in the home stretch and was able to hold off Will Take Charge’s big late run and win by a length and a half.  Will Take Charge ran great to be second, almost ten lengths ahead of Viramundo who ran third.  Lea set a new track record for the mile and one eighth, completing the distance in 1:46.86.

Lochte pulled off a shocker in winning the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap at odds of 39/1, more than double the odds of anyone else in the field.  Lochte stalked down on the rail as Tetradrachm (BetPTC.com Longshot) went out to set the pace. Tetradrachm led them into the stretch as Amira’s Prince (BetPTC.com Top Selection) made a big move towards the lead.  But the sea parted down on the rail and Lochte and jockey Orlando Bocachica came roaring through and opened up to win by almost three lengths and return $80.60 for every $2 win ticket.

Earlier in the card it was the great Groupie Doll (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who ended her magnificent career in style, overcoming a slow start and blowing away her competitors to win the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes by seven emphatic lengths.  Five Star Momma (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) finished up in second at 18/1 while Wildcat Lilly ran third.

Candy Boy rolls from off the pace to win the Bob Lewis at Santa Anita

Candy Boy ran a big second in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and came right back to win the $200,000 Robert Lewis at Santa Anita.  Sent off as the 2/1 second choice in the field of seven, Candy Boy (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) sat off the pace as Diamond Bachelor and Chitu both went out to the early lead and carved out moderate fractions.  Midnight Hawk (BetPTC.com Top Selection) sat back behind Candy Boy early on and Midnight Hawk unleashed his move on the far turn getting up to put the nose in front in mid-stretch.  Candy Boy and Gary Stevens started their rally a little bit after Midnight Hawk but they had more momentum as they flew by late to win by half a length.  Chitu held on for the second spot with Midnight Hawk finishing up in third.

Vagabond Shoes (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) put in a huge late move on the far outside to get up and win an exciting edition of the San Marcos Stakes.  Vagabond Shoes was the slight 5/2 favorite in the field eleven and was seventh early on as Slim Shadey went out to the early lead.  Segway sat a good spot in second and took command into the stretch.  But the closers started rolling and Si Sage got up to put a nose in front, but that lead was short lived as Vagabond Shoes flew by to get the win. Si Sage was second while Lucayan (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) finished in third.  Blingo pulled off a shocking upset in the San Antonio Stakes as he rallied from off the lead to get the win at 15/1.  In a race where Game on Dude (BetPTC.com Top Selection) and Blueskiesnrainbows (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) got all of the attention, it was all long shots to hit the top three spots.  Game on Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows came towards the leaders and took command at the quarter pole, but they were both out of steam after early battles and Blingo rolled right on by and won by half a length.  Imperative was second while American Blend got up for third completing a $1,900 trifecta in just a 7 horse field.  

Falling Sky dominates the Gulfstream Park Sprint

Falling Sky went right to the front and never looked back as he scored a 14/1 upset in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes.  Falling Sky and Luis Saez broke well and got to the rail in time to set a very strong half mile in 44.37 seconds.  Falling Sky came into the stretch and even after those strong early fractions started to extend his lead.  Falling Sky drew off to win by five and one half lengths.  Narvaez got up to finish second at an astonishing 139 to 1 while Brujo De Oileros (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) got up to run third.

Parranda also went wire to wire at Gulfstream, going all nine furlongs in front to win the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes.  Sent off at odds of 2/1, Parranda and Jose Lezcano went to the lead and were able to navigate fractions of 25.12 and a half mile in 51.27 seconds. Parranda opened up into the stretch and while Riposte (BetPTC.com Top Selection) started a nice rally, he never got close to Parranda, finishing two lengths behind the winner in second at the wire.  Abacco (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) finished up in third.

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