Richard Englander's Sing Because tracked an honest pace set by Power of Humor and Five Straight, then drew off in the stretch to win Saturday's $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes at Canterbury Park. Under Jose Valdivia Jr., the 8-year-old gelding completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.74 on a fast track.
The win is the 11th in 37 career starts for Sing Because and his fourth from eight starts this year. He earned $82,500 for the win to boost his career earnings to $354,860. The Claiming Crown win, his first in a stakes, marks the third straight win for Sing Because.
Sing Because (Seattle Song--Little Hailey, by Blushing Groom) is trained by Nick Canani and was bred in Kentucky by Dr. William Seabaugh & Charles Whittingham.
The 6-5 favorite in the eight-horse field, Sing Because returned $4.40 for the win and led a $116.40 exacta completed by 40-1 longshot Halo Kris.
Trainer Scott Lake earned two wins on the day, taking the $48,000 Winticket.com Claiming Crown Express Stakes with Leo Gaspari Racing Stable's The Maccabee ($2.60) and the $74,250 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes with Anthony Centurione's French Teacher. Both of Lake's winners romped in wire-to-wire style, with The Maccabee winning by 9 1/4 lengths over Lord of Time and French Teacher finishing 6 1/2 lengths ahead of second-place Beauty's Due.
In other Claiming Crown races, Christopher West and John Mentz's Secret Squall ($22.80) won the $49,500 Vetrap Claiming Crown Iron Horse Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over Home a Winner; Toby Roth's Sassy Hound proved best in the $99,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit Stakes; and John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred edged out Metatonia by a head in the $121,250 Daily Racing Form Claiming Crown Emerald Stakes. (Charts, Equibase