Saturday Stakes Roundup
Updated: Saturday, June 15, 2002 6:29 PM
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2002 6:07 PM
In Saturday's $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap at Lone Star Park, odds-on favorite Suances led all the way under jockey David Flores to post an easy 1 1/2-length win in the 1 1/8 mile turf heat. The Darrell Vienna trainee completed the distance in 1:49.09 on a firm turf course.
Red Baron's Barn's Suances earned $150,000 for the win and returned $2.80 for the win. Our Main Man completed the $25.40 exacta. Candid Glen finished third, followed by Chauffe Au Rouge, Nat's Big Party, Dontbotherknocking, Maysville Slew, and Mercenary.
Five-year-old Suances (Most Welcome -- Prayer Wheel, by High Line) was bred in Great Britain by Giles W. Pritchard-Gordon. The win marks his eighth in 10 career races and comes on the heels of his one-length win in the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in April at Bay Meadows.
Michael Pegram's Danthebluegrassman tracked Shah Jehan and Sky Terrace as they dueled through quick early fractions, then burst to the lead in the stretch to earn a 2 1/2-length victory over Stephentown in Saturday's $109,500 Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs. On the fast track, the 3-year-old son of Pioneering completed the mile in 1:35.04 on the fast track and under jockey Jerry Bailey.
Danthebluegrassman earned his first win since January's Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) in his first start since being scratched from the Kentucky Derby. The Bob Baffert trainee earned $67,890 for the win, his fourth in nine starts. The $85,000 yearling purchase returned $11 for the win and topped a $32.80 exacta. Ledgelands Farm LLC bred him in Kentucky.
Stephentown finished second, followed by Sky Terrace, Folkestone Park, Ide Be Spencers, Shah Jehan, and Saturday Hero.
Dennis A. Drazin's Tempest Fugit won an off-the-turf renewal of the $91,000 Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park Saturday, defeating two other horses the scratch-depleted race. Runspastum finished three lengths back in second, 8 1/4 lengths ahead of One Eyed Joker. The race was carded as a grade III race but was automatically downgraded to listed status due to the surface switch. The original grade may be reinstated at a later date after review by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Trained by Jason Servis and ridden to victory by Jose A. Velez Jr. The 5-year-old gelded son of Unaccounted For completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.72 on a muddy track. The 9-10 favorite paid $3.80 for the win and topped a $5.40 exacta. Tempest Fugit was bred in Florida by Sally Andersen.
Cellars Shiraz beat Four Pennies by nine lengths Saturday in the $100,000 Office Queen Stakes at Calder Race Course. Cellars Shiraz, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, covered 1 1/16 mile on a sloppy track in 1:47.49 and paid $4, $2.20, and $2.10. Four Pennies returned $2.80 and $2.10. Tasso paid $2.20 to show.
Cellars Shiraz, a homebred daughter of Kissin Kris owned by Bitterroot Racing Stable, has won four of her last five starts and has career earnings of $293,160.
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