She’s a Tiger takes home the Del Mar Debutante
She’s a Tiger did all the dirty work early and still had something left late as she rolled to a win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday. Sent off at odds of 9/2, She’s a Tiger (BetPTC.com Top Selection) went out early and battled with the heavy favorite Awesome Baby through fractions of 22.29 and 44.81. She’s a Tiger disposed of Awesome Baby at the top of the stretch as Gary Stevens opened up a three length lead with his runner. Both Fascinating and Concave (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) burst from out of the pack, with Fascinating closing really fast, but She’s a Tiger held on to win by half a length. Fascinating was second with Concave third, while Awesome Baby faded off the scene to finish seventh. Earlier in the card in the Harry Brubaker Stakes it was Summer Hit (BetPTC.com Longshot) who went nearly wire to wire to win a tough listed stakes over Wilkinson. Those two were prominent early on as the favorites in the race, Sky Kingdom (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) and Clubhouse Ride (BetPTC.com Top Selection) were sixth and seventh respectively early on. Summer Hit and Edwin Maldonado just kept finding more on the lead though and they never looked back, as they won off by a length and a quarter.
Sunday it was two divisions of the Del Mar Derby, one won from off the pace by Gabriel Charles and the other won on the front end by Ethnic Dance. Gabriel Charles was sent off as the favorite and was eighth early on as Redwood Kitten and Chief Havoc battled early. Gabriel Charles swept into the stretch four wide, but had all the momentum late to win by a length and a quarter. In Division two, Ethnic Dance was allowed to set a very moderate pace and Edwin Maldonado had plenty left in the tank for the stretch drive, which saw them pull away to win by a length and a quarter. In the Torrey Pines, Beholder, a Grade 1 winner was allowed to saunter around the track to a facile win.
Youcan’tcatchme couldn’t be caught in the Seaway Stakes
Youcan’tcatchme went right to the front and never looked back as she and Justin Stein went all the way to win the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday. Sent off at odds of 2/1, Youcan’tcatchme (BetPTC.com Top Selection) received mild pressure early on as Nikkis Smartypants (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) who sat in second. Youcan’tcatchme opened up a bit at the top of the lane as Roxy Gap (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) the race favorite started to put in her close down the center of the track. But Roxy Gap couldn’t close the gap as Youcan’tcatchme prevailed by a length and a half. Roxy Gap was second while Strike the Moon rallied for third.
Willcox Inn back in the winner’s circle in the Washington Park Handicap
Willcox Inn (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) got back into the winner’s circle for the first time in a while as he got up in the final strides to win by a nose. Gallant Eagle and Edgar Perez went out and set a very moderate pace early on. The 10/1 long shot brought that lead into the stretch, but was immediately tackled by Willcox Inn, and those two hooked up for the final furlong and put on a memorable stretch battle. Willcox Inn finally prevailed by a nose, with Gallant Eagle running second. Hattaash (BetPTC.com Longshot) finished third at 12/1.
Edge of Reality takes home the Smarty Jones at Parx
Edge of Reality and Stewart Elliot went all the way to win the Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes, the biggest race on a huge Labor Day card at Parx. Sent off as the 5/2 slight favorite, Edge of Reality was able to go out to the lead and set a reasonable pace. Speak Logistics burst out of the pack and looked to be a contender at the furlong pole, but Edge of Reality held gamely to win by a neck over Speak Logistics. Uncaptured finished up in third.
Stormofthecentury pulled off the biggest upset of the day as he and Stewart Elliot rallied from just off the pace to win the $350,000 Turf Monster Stakes at odds of 28/1. Stormofthecentury reeled in a loose on the lead Tightend Touchdown late to win by three quarters of a length as the always tough Ben’s Cat finished up in third. Eldaafer won the Greenwood Cup at a mile and a half which was a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. Eldaafer actually won the first ever Breeders’ Cup Marathon and had to hold off a very game Indian Jones to win by a neck in the Greendwood. Silverette took home the Turf Amazon Stakes as the heavy 3/2 favorite.