Stubborn Regal Sanction Wins Sloppy Pegasus

(From track report)
Regal Sanction took command in mid-stretch and dug in to hold off the late-closing No Parole by a head in the $350,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night.

"I had a very good trip," said winning rider Jose Santos. "I saved ground and from the quarter pole home I knew he would win because he was very strong. The other horse came to him, but he never went by. My horse just kept digging in. I would have won if they'd gone around again."

Trained by James Jerkens, the Regal Classic colt covered the 1 1/8 mile over a sloppy track in 1:49 4/5 and returned $14.60, $7 and $4.60. No Parole returned $5.40 and $4 and completed an $86.60 exacta. This Guns For Hire finished another 4 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3.60. The trifecta paid $346.40.

Race favorite Trump Marina, sent off at 7-5, could do no better than fourth.

"He was fighting to the half-mile pole and he just quit running," said Trump Marina's jockey, Eibar Coa. "They'll take a look at him to see what happened, but he was not the same horse that I rode last time (winning the Paterson Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at the Meadowlands on Sept. 2)."

It was the second win in 12 career tries for Regal Sanction, who now has lifetime earnings $347,932 for his owner, Susan and John Moore.

Harlan's Holiday, the heavy morning line favorite, was declared earlier today because of the sloppy track condition. The Todd Pletcher trainee is also entered in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont.

In the night's undercard stakes action, Gold I.D., the longest shot in the $50,000 Matt Scudder Stakes, blew past the entire field and drew off by four lengths, covering the six furlongs in 1:08 4/5.

Trained by Chris Pitrone and ridden by Vernon Bush, Gold I.D. returned $28.20, $6.80 and $3.60. Smokieisabandit, who set the pace, finished second paying $6 and $4.40 and completing a $153.60 exacta. Our Wildcat was another half-length back in third and paid $2.80.

It was the fifth win in 10 starts this year for the 3-year-old colt by Caller I.D., who was claimed for $12,500 on July 10 at Rockingham.

In the $50,000 Miss Liberty Stakes, it was Sam Eye Am who shot through on the inside and drew off to a two-length score, covering the mile in 1:38 in a race switched to the main track after being originally scheduled for the turf.

Ridden by Jose Santos and trained by Gary Contessa, Sam Eye Am returned $10.40, $4.80 and $6.80. Hallowed, who set the pace, was second paying $5.40 and $8.20 and completing a $51.60 exacta. Smokeumifyougotem was another head back in third and paid $6.

The stakes victory marked the third win in 12 starts for the 3-year-old filly by Island Whirl, who now has career earnings of $81,495 for owner Allen Farm.

Ghostly Numbers came back again to hold off all challengers in the $50,000 William Livingston Stakes for 3-year-olds an up.

Ridden by Jorge Chavez and trained by Michael Trombetta, Ghostly Numbers covered the five furlongs in :56 4/5 and paid $7.80, $2.60 and $2.10. It was a neck back to odds-on favorite Rudirudy, who paid $2.20 and $2.10 and completed a $20 exacta. Sea of Green was another head back in third and paid $2.10. The race was originally schedule to be run on the main track.

It was the third consecutive win for the 4-year-old colt by Polish Numbers, who improved his lifetime mark to seven wins from 15 starts for earnings of $154,210.

Title Contender and jockey Chavez drew off to a 4 1/2 length score in the $50,000 World Appeal Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Trained by Stan Hough, Title Contender stepped the mile and 70 yards, originally scheduled for the turf, in 1:42 2/5 and returned $6.20, $4.20 and $3.40. Stong returned $15 and $6.80 and completed a $71 exacta. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Dr. Phil, who paid $2.60 to show.

It was the second win in five career starts for the colt by Way West, who improved his bankroll to $74,870 for owner Team Canonie Stable.

(Chart, Equibase)