Robert and Beverly Lewis' talented 3-year-old colt Tribunal, a half-brother to Chief's Crown, returned to the races Saturday for the first time since being sidelined in April, winning a seven-furlong optional claiming race by three-quarter lengths over Jimmy Z.
Spain made a case for herself for 3-year-old filly Eclipse Award honors with an upset win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) only to be trumped three weeks later when Surfside convincingly defeated males in the Clark Handicap (gr. II). Spain put in some last-minute campaigning Saturday, defeating reigning 2-year-old champion Chilukki in the $200,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
A Little Luck won the final leg of an all-stakes pick four Calder offered as part of their Grand Slam II program Saturday, ensuring bettors would need a lot of luck to cash a ticket. The wager, with a $1 minimum bet, returned $77,762.40 for every dollar wagered on the winning combination as longshots won all four heats.
A Lille Luck rallied in the stretch to win the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) by a length over Stokosky on Saturday at Calder Race Course. The Barclay Tagg-trained gelding rallied in the stretch under jockey Mike Smith to catch second-place finisher Stokosky, finishing the 1 1/2-mile race in 2:29.01 on a firm turf course.
The parade of longshot winners on Saturday's Grand Slam II program at Calder Race Course continued in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap(gr. III), in which 76-1 American Halo held off General Grant and Sir Bear to win by a half-length. Under Charlene Hunt, American Halo completed the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:51.68 on a fast track.
Calder Race Course
England's Rose rallied from last to win the seven-furlong $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths over heavy favorite Swept Away Saturday at Calder Race Course. The longest shot on the board at nearly 17-1, England's Rose paid $35, $6.60, and $2.10 and stopped the timer in 1:24.82.
Eighth early on in the field of 10, Prospectress moved into contention on the final turn en route to winning the $150,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) by a head over Innuendo Saturday at Calder. Under Jerry Bailey, Prospectress covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.97 on firm turf.
Pennsylvania champion Power by Far, who earned $544,335, will enter stud for a fee of $3,500 at Castle Rock Farm near Unionville, Pa.
Racing at Philadelphia Park on Monday has been cancelled for the second day in a row.
Suffolk Downs cancelled live racing on Saturday and Sunday due to a snowstorm that has also closed Aqueduct and Philadelphia Park for both days. The East Boston oval will remain open for simulcasting.
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