Mondialiste flies late to win the Woodbine Mile
Mondialiste flew from sixth in mid-stretch to first at the wire to get the win in the $1,000,000 Woodbine Mile. Sent off at odds of 7/2, Mondialiste was last early on as Obviously went out to set the pace. Obviously opened up five lengths as they ran on the far turn and came into the stretch still well in command. But he started to tire with a furlong left to go and the closers started to fire. Mondialiste closed fastest of all though, getting up to win by half a length over Lea who rallied to finish second. Obviously held on gamely to finish in third.
Strut the Course took home top honors in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes as he also rallied from far off the pace to score the win. Sent off at odds of 7/2, Strut the Course was ninth early as Bear’s Pride cut out the fractions. Hoop of Colour made the first big move at the lead and seized command approaching the eighth pole, but Strut the Course and Luis Contreras shook loose late and flew home to win by half a length. Button Down got up for second with Hoop of Colour finishing up in third. Interpol scored an upset in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes. Sent off at odds of 10/1, Interpol battled with Danish Dynaformer and took the lead for good turning for home. Habibi made a big run from the back but the wire came up in time for Interol who held on by half a length.
Senterio Italia dominates the Sands Point Stakes
Senterio Italia crushed her rivals on Saturday in the Grade 2 $500,000 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite, Senterio Italia (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) broke nicely for Joel Rosario and stalked the early leader Cara Marie from second. Senterio Italia took off at the top of the stretch though and pulled clear with ease down the lane, drawing off to win by almost four lengths at the wire. Blond Me got up for second just ahead of Miss Temple City who finished in third.
Earlier on the card it was Tacticus (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) who beat favored VE Day (BetPTC.com Top Selection) to win the Temperence Hill Invitational. Tacticus and Joel Rosario went right to the lead with Slim Shadey just behind them and VE Day in third. VE Day took a run at Tacticus turning for home but Tacticus had plenty left after setting moderate fractions and drew off down the lane to win by three and three quarter lengths. VE Day was second with Indycott (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) finishing in third.
Mobile Bay and Edgar Prado win the Super Derby
Mobile Bay flew down the stretch to score a win in the $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. Sent off at odds of 4/1, Mobile Bay was fifth and wide early on as Prime Engine went out to set the early pace, which was very sensible as he got through an opening half mile in 49.47 seconds. The Pickett Factor (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) and Allied Air Raid (BetPTC.com Top Selection) both made their moves at the 3/8ths pole and they came into the stretch pretty much as one. Mobile Bay swung out wide of them and started to eat up the ground and eventually flew by to with ease by two and a quarter lengths. Long shot Chocopologie (BetPTC.com Longshot) got up for second at 10/1 while Allied Air Raid finished in third.
Cocked and Loaded scores in the Iroquois
Cocked and Loaded took off with an explosive kick down the lane to pull away and win the Grade 3 $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Dismissed a bit in the wagering at 9/1, Cocked and Loaded (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) sat a good trip in fourth as Condominium and Expected Ruler both went out and dueled early on, going through an opening quarter in a very quick 22.69 seconds. They took their battle into the final turn but both were out of gas as Cocked and Loaded blew by them at the quarter pole and started to take off for home. Rated R Superstar (BetPTC.com Top Selection) emerged from out of the pack and chased Cocked and Loaded but came up two lengths short and had to settle for second, completing a $220 exacta.
In the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes it was Dothraki Queen who showed a big turn of foot to get the win. A 7/1 price play, Dothraki Queen was seventh early on and made a big move on the turn as she circled her rivals and propelled to the lead by the eighth pole. She held on to win by half a length as Bold Quality (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) flew to get second. Bold Quality however was disqualified from second and placed third behind Dream Dance (BetPTC.com Longshot) for interference at the quarter pole.