Mohaymen looks strong in the Holy Bull
Mohaymen made a seamless transition from two to three as he crushed his rivals in his seasonal debut in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes. Sent off as the 1/5 choice, Mohayemen (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) sat in third early on as Greenpointcrusader (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) and Perfect Saint went out to set the pace. They got through a half mile in a very reasonable 49.06 seconds, but Mohaymen and Junior Alvarado blew right by them at the quarter pole and opened up with ease down the lane to win by three and a half lengths. Greenpointcrusader held on for second while Fellowship (BetPTC.com Longshot) got up for third at odds of 40/1.
In the Sweetest Chant Stakes it was Pricedtoperfection (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who scored an off the pace win. Sent off at 9/2, Pricedtoperfection and Joel Rosario were 8th early on as a hopeless 99/1 shot named Go Ro Ro Go set the early fractions. Once she folded the closers came flying. Born to be a Winner grabbed the lead briefly but Pricedtoperfection quickly took over inside the sixteenth pole and won by three quarters of a length over a late running Spinamiss. JR’s Holiday (BetPTC.com Longshot) pulled off a shocking upset in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes as he scored at 19/1 with a last to first rally. JR’s Holiday was last early on but flew down the lane late to get up and score by ¾ of a length. Don’t Be So Salty finished second but was disqualified for interference and placed fourth behind Little Mo with whom he interfered.
Awesome Banner (BetPTC.com Top Selection) made short work of his rivals in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes. Sent off as the heavy 4/5 favorite he went right to the lead and while he got a mild challenge from Noholdingback Bear at the half mile pole, he kicked away on the turn and opened up to win by five lengths. Economic Model finished in second with Richie The Bull rounding out the trifecta. The performance that had everyone talking early in the day was Cathryn Sophia (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who overcame a slow start to once again win big, this time taking home the Grade 2 Forward Gal. She was 1/9 on the toteboard and proved some versatility this time by coming from off the pace.
What a View scores big in the Cal Cup Turf Classic
What a View and Kent Desormeaux scored a big win on Saturday as they pulled away from favored Alert Bay late to win the $250,000 Cal Cup Turf Classic at Santa Anita. Sent off as the 4/1 second choice, What a View stalked from second early behind super long shot Image of Joplin. Desormeaux gave the horse his cue as they turned for home and he responded, opening up at will down the lane to win by three and a quarter lengths. Alert Bay (BetPTC.com Top Selection) finished second with Boozer (BetPTC.com Longshot) finishing in third.
Desormeaux also won the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf as he and Velvet Mesquite teamed up for the win. They were always close up and made a strong move at the head of the lane to take command for good. They finished almost two lengths ahead at the wire in front of Qiaiona (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who ran on for second. Sunday Rules (BetPTC.com Top Selection) went all the way on the lead to take the Cal Cup Sprint. Sent off as the 9/5 second choice, She blitzed to the front early and burst through an opening quarter in 21.61 seconds. Raised a Secret moved into contention in second but could never get close as Sunday Rules beat the boys by two and a quarter lengths.
Smokey Image (BetPTC.com Top Selection) really crushed his rivals in the Cal Cup Derby as he opened up on the turn to win by eight and a half lengths. He was on the lead throughout but Victor Espinoza started to open up with him at the 3/8ths pole and the race was over by the time they hit the quarter pole. Tough It Out (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) was second and was almost seven lengths ahead of Xingontothebone. Pacific Heat (BetPTC.com Top Selection) also made short work of her competition as she drilled the Cal Cup Oaks field into the ground, winning by five and a quarter lengths. Her and jockey Flavien Prat sat second early on and pounced on the leader on the turn before opening up. Patriotic Diamond got up for second while Cheekaboo was third.
Forever Unbridled wins the Houston Ladies Classic
Forever Unbridled had to pass two really solid fillies in the final quarter mile to get the win in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic on Saturday night at Sam Houston. Cassatt was on the lead early and arrived in mid-stretch with the lead being chased by Cali Star (BetPTC.com Top Selection). But it was Forever Unbridled who blew by them both in the final furlong to draw clear and win by almost two lengths. Cali Star did get up for second while Cassatt had to settle for third.
In the John Connelly Turf Cup it was Da Big Hoss who scored a huge win, drawing away down the lane to win by nearly five lengths. Sent off at odds of 2/1, Da Big Hoss was fourth early on under jockey Florent Geroux. They made their move on the inside on the final turn and then blew the doors off the field, pulling away at will. Kaigun (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) got up to run second while Big John B. (BetPTC.com Top Selection) had to settle for third.