Siphon City Wins Cornhusker BC With Style

(from Prairie Meadows reports)
Ray Larkin's 23-1 shot Siphon City nursed an early lead in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and surprisingly drew away to win by six lengths in Altoona, Iowa, Saturday night.

Ridden brilliantly by Elvis Trujillo, Siphon City defeated the largest and deepest field in the Cornhusker in 10 years, completing the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:47.76.

The 4-year-old son of Siphon out of the Carson City mare Carsona posted fractions of :22.60 :45.82 and 1:09.91 while maintaining a two-length advantage through six furlongs over 82-1 shot Courthouse and second choice Mayan King, who both faded as the field reached the top of the stretch.

"I said (to Trujillo), if he makes the lead, we have a good chance of winning this thing," said winning trainer Daniel Hurtak, who is based at Calder Race Course in Florida. "The jockey listened, too. I said 'let him go slow. Rate him good and give him a breather down the back.' He loved the racetrack. He didn't do anything wrong. He's a tough horse. He's a big, mean horse, and he was really good. He must like Iowa."

The closers Three Hour Nap, Gouldings Green, and Good Reward battled neck and neck in that order, for the second, third, and fourth spots on the board, but were no match for the winner. Master Command, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 13, had a wide trip while racing in mid-pack and never responded, finishing sixth.

Brereton Jones bred Siphon City in Kentucky. The chestnut colt registered his seventh career victory in 17 starts. He nearly doubled his bankroll by tacking on $180,000 to his previous earnings of $184,016.

Siphon City paid $48.60, $24.20, and $20.20. Three Hour Nap, ridden by Francisco Torres, returned $12.20 and $9.40. Gouldings Green, Corey Lanerie aboard, was $3.80 to show. The $2 Exacta paid $238.20 while the $2 Trifecta was $1,815.60. The $1 Superfecta with Good Reward fourth returned a lofty $6,050.50.

Skipaslew ran fifth, followed by Master Command, Real Dandy, Wayzata Bay, Congrats, Alumni Hall, Sur Sandpit, Courthouse, and Mayan King.

Also on the Iowa Festival card at Prairie Meadows, Coach Jimi Lee became only the third horse in track history to win the same stake three times when he captured the $125,000 Iowa Sprint by 4 3/4 lengths.

Under jockey Eduardo Perez, Coach Jimi Lee logged his 14th lifetime win in 36 starts. Odds-on favorite Bishop Court Hill, Brooker, and Semaphore Man battled neck and neck in the blanket finish for the second through fourth spots in the field of eight.

Trainer James DiVito owns the winner in partnership with Lee Battaglia. Kentucky breeder Brenda Jones foaled the 6-year-old gelded son of Roar-Princess Lilli by My Gallant. Coach Jimi Lee completed the six furlongs in 1:08.29.

Coach Jimi Lee earned $75,000 for the victory and has now banked $772,068.

Coach Jimi Lee paid $8.40, $3 and $2.80. Bishop Court Hill, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, returned $2.60, $2.40. Brooker, David Cohen aboard, was $3.20 to show.

No Sleep, claimed 10 starts back for $25,000, won the $110,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap by a neck over 11-10 favorite Capeside Lady.

Capeside Lady, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, passed the pacesetting No Sleep and Michael Luzzi on the turn, but the 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Robyn Dancer fought back in tight quarters from the inside to prevail in game fashion for local owner Maggi Moss.

Trained by Gary Contessa, No Sleep completed the 1 1/16-mile event for fillies in mares in 1:42.35. It was nearly a dozen lengths back to Platinum Ballet who prevailed for third, with Perry Compton aboard, by a head over Capistrano.

No Sleep set fractions of :24.22 :47.71 and 1:11.34 while pressured all the way by the Steve Asmussen-trained Capeside Lady.

It was No Sleep's eighth win after coming from a 7 1/2-length romp in the Fort Monmouth Stakes May 28. She earned $60,000 Saturday night to bring her career total to $287,661. Joel Sainer foaled the gray filly who is out of the Fortunate Prospect mare Allie's Toy in Florida.

The second choice in the field of six, No Sleep paid $6.20, $2.60, and $2.20. Capeside Lady returned $2.40 and $2.20. Platinum Ballet was $2.40 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)