Cayuga's Waters Takes Narrow Victory in Pebbles Stakes

Edited press release
Cayuga's Waters used her speed to her advantage Monday afternoon to beat Wait It Out by a neck in the 13th running of the $110,900 Pebbles for 3-year-old fillies running a mile in the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park.

Originally scheduled for the Widener Turf Course, the Pebbles was run on the good/sealed main track. Cayuga's Waters, under Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, took the inside path to the lead, clearing Neverlacken, who was entered for the main track only.

After a quarter in :23 4/5 and a half in :45 4/5, Cayuga's Waters began to open up on the field. In the lane, however, the Langfuhr  filly began to tire and Wait It Out mounted a rally.

The wire got to Cayuga's Waters before her 13-1 rival, however, and she was barely the winner in 1:37. It was the fourth win of her eight-race career. The Bill Mott trainee ran ninth in her debut, but has been no worse than second ever since.

"There isn't much to say," Bailey said. "She showed speed and did it comfortably. She gave me a nice kick off the turn. I was the one that was getting tired."

Favored by the crowd of 3,941, Cayuga's Waters returned $4.90.

Quail Run was two lengths back in third, with L C Tiffany, Tivadare, Neverlacken and Ready's Girl behind. Insan Mala and More for Me were scratched.

The winner was bred in New York by John W. Fenton II and Gustav Schickedanz and was sold for $45,000 at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August yearling sale.