Amazing Buy Wins Penn Oaks; Private Gift Left Behind

Amazing Buy went gate-to-wire under Harry Vega to win Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Oaks at Philadelphia Park after Private Gift was left standing behind the starting gate. Private Gift was declared a non-starter.

The speedy Private Gift, who figured to duel with Amazing Buy with Robby Albarado aboard, was the 7-5 second choice in the field of six at the gate. The last to be loaded, she never got the chance when the gate unexpectedly opened. Instead, Amazing Buy opened up a three-length lead in a :22 3/5 opening quarter of a mile, slowed things down after that and held off favored Hide and Chic by one length in the one mile, seventy-yard event. The final time was 1:42.19.

Jennifer Pedersen trains the winner, a 3-year-old daughter of High Yield for Paraneck Stable. She has now won five of eight starts and earned $230,450.

Stone Canyon Thoroughbreds bred Amazing Buy in Kentucky and sold her at Fasig-Tipton for $350,000 in February 2004.

The second choice paid $9.40, $2.40 and $2.10. The 3-10 favorite after Private Gift's removal, Hide and Chic chased vainly in second place all the way around for Rafael Bejarano. She returned $2.10 and $2.10. Cozy Gain's show was $2.10.

(Chart, Equibase)