Paloma Parilla en route to victory in the second division of the Southwest Stakes.

Paloma Parilla en route to victory in the second division of the Southwest Stakes.

Private Emblem, Paloma Parilla Win Divisions of Split Southwest Stakes

Private Emblem and Paloma Parilla won their respective divisions of the split $75,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

With 16 horses entered in the one-mile race, Oaklawn Park split the race in two divisions. Though the second division may have looked stronger on paper, the first division produced the faster final time – and quicker fractional times – with James Cassels and Bob Zollars' New York-bred Private Emblem earning the three-quarter length victory over 29-1 longshot Dusty Spike. Under Donny Meche, the Steven Asmussen-trained son of Our Emblem completed the mile in 1:40.29 on a muddy track to earn $45,000 for his third win in six career starts. He came into the race off a short break following a win in the 7 1/2-furlong Black Gold Handicap on the turf course at Fair Grounds.

Favored Clergy suffered his first career defeat in finishing third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Dusty Spike. Missme, Richest Half, King Zonic, Contested, and Red and Rare completed the order of finish.

Private Emblem paid $10.40 for the win and led a $169.20 exacta.

In the second division run one race after the first, raced well off the rail and close to the pace, inched to a half-length lead in the stretch, and just held on to beat another 29-1 longshot, Cope With an Image, by a head.

Maryland-bred Paloma Parilla came into the race out of a six-length allowance win at Oaklawn last month and is trained by Larry R. Ribideaux Jr. for Barnett Stables. The son of Dove Hunt completed the mile in 1:41.70 to earn his third win from five starts.

Windward Passage closed from seventh to finish third, a neck a head of Bay Monster. Interminable Gold, Cash in Hand, 4-5 favorite Cojet, and Fisher Station.

Sent off at just over 8-1, Paloma Parilla retuned $18.20 for the win. Cope With an Image completed the $307.40 exacta.

Berkshire Stud and Oak Cliff Stable bred Private Emblem; Paloma Parilla was bed by Colts Ltd.

Another talented 3-year-old was in action on the undercard. San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) fourth-place finisher Bringem Jung won his debut for trainer Lynn Whiting in a six-furlong allowance race, completing the distance in 1:12.50 on a sloppy track. (Charts, Equibase)