Genter Stakes Belongs to Changing World

Samuel H. Rogers' 3-year-old filly Changing World won the $100,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes at Tropical for 3-year-old fillies at Calder Race Course on Saturday, notching her first stakes victory for trainer Barclay Tagg.

It was the ninth lifetime start for the filly, who was ridden to victory by Joe Bravo. The Florida-bred Changing World covered the 7 1/2-furlong turf test in a stakes record 1:27 3/5.

Tagg also conditions Funny Cide, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Longshots Feisty Bull and Letthefreedomroar set fast fractions of 2:2 4/5 and :45 4/5 respectively. At the top of the stretch, the 3-2 favorite Campsie Fells made a strong bid for the lead, but so too did Changing World, who found room on the inside to slip through and gain the lead at about the eighth pole. She improved her position to win by two lengths over Campsie Fells. It was another half-length back to Formal Miss in third.

"Mr. Tagg sure knows how to get them ready for the race," Bravo said. "When I turned for home, it was just show her the way. There was a very honest pace in front of us and it set up perfect. We were about four or five lengths off the pace down the backstretch. We let it fall into our lap."

The 8-1 third choice in the 12-horse field, Changing World paid $18.80, 7.20 and 6.00, while Campsie Fells returned $4.00 and 3.20; Formal Miss paid $4.00 to show.

The daughter of Spinning World won for the third time in six starts in 2003 while improving to 3-0-3 in nine tries overall. She earned $60,000 for his owner and breeder, pushing her career winnings to $123,689.

"She's a quality filly," Tagg said. "I trained a full sister to her mother and she won stakes. Her dam (Reach The Top) won stakes on turf and dirt for (trainer) Mary Eppler (including 1997 Tropical Oaks.

"There will be plenty of opportunities for her in turf stakes coming up at Gulfstream. I haven't picked anything in particular out yet."

(Chart, Equibase)