Sans blinkers, Wacky Patty won the Landaluce Stakes.

Sans blinkers, Wacky Patty won the Landaluce Stakes.


Wacky Patty Edges 'Destiny in Landaluce

Wacky Patty, the only filly in Friday's $100,300 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds with a stakes victory to her credit, defeated Cherish Destiny by a length in the six-furlong test at Hollywood Park.

Cherish Destiny, ridden by Tyler Baze, and favored Wacky Patty, with Jose Valdivia Jr., in the irons, quickly turned the Landaluce into a two-horse affair. Cherish Destiny set the early pace of :22 and :44 3/5 with Wacky Patty right with her. After the pair brushed at the top of the stretch, Wacky Patty edged to the front as they completed five furlongs in :57 1/5 and slowly pulled away – as Cherish Destiny fought back gamely – to win in 1:10 1/5 under moderate pressure from Valdivia.

Platinum Princess, the second choice in the field of six, bobbled out of the gate and hopped, but managed to stalk the pace before tiring and finishing six lengths back with David Flores aboard.

Owned and trained by James K. Chapman, the Florida-bred daughter of Formal Dinner won the Nursery Stakes May 11 at Hollywood Park before finishing fourth, beaten by 7 1/2 lengths, in the Cinderella on June 8. Chapman removed blinkers for the first time in her four career starts Friday.

Wacky Patty, who earned $60,180, has now won three times and a total of $137,569.

Sent off at 19-10, the winner paid $5.80, $3.40 and $2.60. Cherish Destiny returned $6.80 and $3.20. Platinum Princess showed for $2.60. The $2 exacta was worth $36.

(Chart, Equibase)