Distinct Vision won his eighth straight race since March 5 when he easily wired the field in the 1 1/16-mile event. The time was 1:37.74.With Philadelphia Park-based jockey Jose Flores in the irons for owner Carl L. Moore Management and trainer Scott Lake, Distinct Vision never had an anxious moment and won in 1:44.66. Distinct Vision finished in front of Wheaty, who broke poorly but rallied for second. Harry Got Happy was third and Coloreado fourth.Distinct Vision, a 6-year-old Jules gelding bred in Florida by Suzanne Snell Collins, won for the 18th time in 43 career starts. He became eligible for the Claiming Crown when Lake dropped him in for a $7,500 tag March 5 at Aqueduct. Distinct Vision, the heavy favorite in a 10-horse field, paid $2.60 to win.For Lake, it was his seventh Claiming Crown win since the event began in 1999. Lake is the all-time leading Claiming Crown trainer.$75,000 WinTicket Claiming Crown Glass Slipper:
Lake won his second consecutive Claiming Crown race with Funny Woman, who jumped to the front and never looked back in the six-furlong test for fillies and mares.Owned by Ben Mondello and Adam Russo and ridden by Nik Goodwin, Funny Woman set a blazing pace with strong tailwind at her back down the backstretch. She finished up in 1:09.93. Da Svedonya rallied from last in the field of six to finish second, with Wine and Spirits third and Show Us the Check fourth.Funny Woman, a 6-year-old Strike Gold mare bred in California by John and Linda Lee Zamora, was claimed for $16,000 last November at Suffolk Downs and won for the seventh time since the claim. She now has won 12 races in 31 career starts. Flashy Woman paid $3.40 as the heavy choice.Both Funny Woman and Distinct Vision shipped to Canterbury in June and had prep races over the track. Lake decided to try a different strategy this year."They really were a lot stronger this time than last time," Lake said of the two winners. "We come out every year and have an absolute blast. I'm glad we can keep coming back every year."$75,000 Daily Racing Form Rapid Transit:
Toby Roth's Crafty Schemer shipped in from his Maryland base to win gate-to-wire in the event.With Ryan Fogelsonger riding for trainer Ben Feliciano Jr., Crafty Schemer rolled on the lead through fast fractions, opened up on the far turn, and easily held safe Seneca Summer, who rallied for second. Iron Rogue was third and Edgerrin fourth.The time for the six furlongs was 1:08.74, about two-fifths of a second off the track record set last year. The winner paid $4.20 as the favorite.Crafty Schemer, a 7-year-old Crafty Prospector gelding bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Stautberg, won for the eighth time in 35 career starts. He was claimed by Feliciano for $16,000 last October and this April competed and finished eighth in the grade II Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland.The Canterbury program also featured the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup Stakes, which was won by Apogee Stable's Radiant Avie.Trained by Richard Scherer and ridden by Derek Bell, Radiant Avie took command from the gate in the one-mile turf stakes and never was headed. She defeated last year's winner, Rue des Reves, by two lengths, with Stretching third and Camela Carson fourth. The final time was 1:35.69. The winner paid $13.20.Radiant Avie, a 4-year-old Lord Avie filly bred in Florida by Four Horsemen's Ranch, won for the fifth time in 16 career starts. The Lady Canterbury marked her third win on the grass.Despite temperatures that approached 100 degrees, attendance at Canterbury was reported at 11,644, up from 10,515 last year. On-track handle on a 12-race card was $932,704, up from $743,136 last year.Total Claiming Crown handle was $2,264,721, up from $1,900,747 last year.Canterbury president Randy Sampson said he was encouraged enough to probably request to host the event again in 2007. He said officials would have to again look for ways to build off-track handle but noted the number of major races around the country that competed with the Canterbury product.
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