Euchre Closes Gamely for All American Win

Stronach Stable's 4-year-old gelding Euchre took advantage of a fast pace in Monday's All American Handicap (gr. III) at Bay Meadows, running down Irisheyesareflying in the stretch to earn the $82,500 winner's share of the $150,000 purse for his 1 1/2 length win. 8-5 favorite Irisheyesareflying finished second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Moonlight Charger.

Under Jason Lumpkins, Euchre raced in sixth early on as Prodigious ran the opening quarter-mile in :22.75 under pressure from Radar Contact and Irisheyesareflying. Euchre moved up to fourth after a half-mile in :45.69, with the runner-up advancing to second, a head behind Prodigious. Irisheyesareflying took over from there until Euchre charged down the stretch to earn the win, completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.69 on a fast track.

Jorrocks came home fourth, a nose ahead of Boss Ego. Radar Contact, Prodigious, and New Advantage completed the order of finish.

Bred in Canada at his owners' Adena Springs Farm, Euchre is a 5-year-old son of Personal Flag out of Solid Eight, by Fit to Fight. In his most recent race prior to the All American Handicap, the Bobby Frankel-trained Euchre finished fourth in the Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) in his seasonal debut. His 4-year-old campaign included a win in the Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) and a third-place finish in Tiznow's Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), in which he finished two lengths behind the winner. Monday's win was his fifth in 15 career races.

Euchre returned $7, $3.40, and $3.20. Irisheyesareflying paid $3 and $2.60. Moonlight Charger was worth $5.20 to show. The $1 exacta returned $8.70. (Chart, Equibase)