Divine Aida wins a sloppy edition of the Herecomesthebride
Divine Aida won an off the turf edition of the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After torrential rains soaked the track all morning long, Divine Aida got to the lead by the time they reached the backstretch and never looked back. Jockey Jesus Rios started to open up as they turned into the stretch with the horses barely visible through the rain and wind. Divine Aida opened up down the lane and won by almost seven lengths over Sweet Swingin (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who finished second. Sweet Swingin was nine lengths clear of Temper Mint Patty who finished up in third.
The Palm Beach Stakes and the Swale Stakes were both cancelled due to the torrential rains that continued all afternoon long and both have been rescheduled for this upcoming weekend.
Stellar Wind upsets the Santa Ysabel Stakes
Stellar Wind rolled from off the pace on Saturday to get up and win the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes. The Grade 3 event saw Enchanting Lady and Light In The City (BetPTC.com Top Selection) go out and battle early on as they got through the opening quarter mile in 23.99 seconds. Those two battled all the way to the top of the stretch when Stellar Wind and Victor Espinoza came roaring off the turn with a four wide move. Stellar Wind blew by and grabbed the lead in mid-stretch and pulled away to win by two and three quarter lengths in the end. Light in the City held on bravely for second while Glory ran third.
Royal Son goes all the way to win the John Battaglia Memorial
Royal Son went right to the front and never looked back as he scored an emphatic win in the Battaglia Memorial at Turfway on Saturday night. Sent off at odds of 9/1, the Todd Pletcher trained Royal Son got right to the front and was immediately pressured by the huge favorite in the race The Great War. The Great War stayed glued to his hip until they came to the quarter pole when Royal Son instantly spurted away. Royal Son and Rodney Prescott opened up down the lane to win by five and one quarter lengths. Pepper Roani ran up into the second spot with Milwaukee Mist running third and completing a huge $4,817 trifecta.
Albano wins the Maxxam Gold Cup
Albano was bet to heavy 2/5 favoritism on Saturday night and he rewarded his loyal followers with a wire to wire score in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston Race Park. Albano was sent to the lead early by Kerwin Clark and they immediately slowed things down, getting through a half mile in a very tepid 50.41 seconds. Albano and Clark got a challenge from CJ’s Awesome (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) as they came to the top of the stretch, but after going slow early, Albano had plenty left and opened up down the lane to career away by six and one half lengths. Thirty to one shot Endurance (BetPTC.com Longshot) got up for second while CJ’s Awesome finished up in third.