Ostrolenka stalked the pace in the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-olds, took over in the stretch and won by 2 1/2 lengths over Good Luck Gus. Market Conduct rallied late to get show money. Ostrolenka, the odds-on favorite, ran 1 mile on a fast track in 1:37.39 with John Velazquez up for trainer Todd Pletcher. The winner is by Musket Man.
Quezon rolled late to take the $250,000 Maid of the Mist for 2-year-old fillies by 6 lengths over the odds-on favorite, Temper Mint Patty. Sweetpollypurebred finished third. Quezon, a daughter of Tiz Wonderful, got 1 mile in 1:38.38 with Manuel Franco riding.
Kharafa moved to a big lead early in the stretch run in the $200,000 Mohawk at 1 1/16 miles on the good inner turf and held on to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Lubash and another 1 3/4 lengths over the favorite, King Kreesa. Kharafa, a 5-year-old Kitalpha gelding, finished in 1:45.01 with Angel Arroyo up.
La Verdad led from the early jumps in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes for fillies and mares and got home first by 1 1/4 lengths. Willet finished second with Risky Rachel third. La Verdad, a 4-year-old filly by Yes It's True, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:17.13 for jockey Jose Ortiz.
Princess Violet bided her time in the $150,000 Empire Distaff Handicap, surged to the lead when prompted and kicked clear to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Flipcup was best of the rest, 2 lengths ahead of Carameaway. Princess Violet, a 3-year-old daughter of Officer, ran 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:43.81 under Jose Ortiz.
Effinex rallied from well back to upset the $300,000 Empire Classic, catching pacesetter So Lonesome in the final yards for a neck victory. Beautyinthepulpit finished third. Effinex, a 3-year-old Mineshaft colt, finished 9 furlongs on the main track in 1:48.51 with Arroyo riding.
Discreet Marq raced second through the early furlongs of the $200,000 Ticonderoga Stakes for fillies and mares on the grass, kicked in nicely in the stretch and went on to win by 3 lengths over Old Harbor. Selenite finished third with Effie Trinket fourth. Discreet Marq, a 4-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat, ran 1 1/16 miles on good ground in 1:44.36 with Irad Ortiz Jr. up.
Moonlight Song set a pressured pace in the $150,000 Hudson Handicap and held on to win by 1/2 length over Big Business. West Hills Giant finished third. Moonlight Song, a 7-year-old gelding by Unbridled's Song, ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.58 with Joel Rosario at the controls.
Saturday night's card was packed with rich stakes for horses bred in West Virginia.
Russell Road edged by pacesetting, odds-on favorite Lucy's Bob Boy in the final yards of the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic when Arnaldo Bocachica, riding Lucy's Bob Boy, appeared to drop his right rein while switching his stick. The margin of victory was 1/2 length, with Fred High rallying to take third. Russell Road, an 8-year-old Wheaton gelding and a veteran of the local stakes wars, ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:53.85 with Jose Montano up.
Down Town Allen led all the way in the $200,000 Jefferson Security Bank Cavada Breeders' Classic for fillies and mares and won by 3/4 length over Dora Dora with Navy Chapel third. Down Town Allen, a 7-year-old Windsor Castle mare, covered 7 furlongs in 1:26.55 with Mathew McGowan riding.
Cat Thats Grey dueled with odds-on favorite Chrome Mine throughout the $85,000 Division of Tourism Breeders' Classic for 3-year-old fillies, swapped the lead and finally prevailed by a neck. Final Bow was 7 lengths farther back in third. Cat Thats Grey, a daughter of Fiber Sonde, ran 7 furongs in 1:26.47 with Christian Hiraldo up.
Flirting Song was all out to win the $85,000 Breeders' Classic Distaff by a head over Spa Creek with a late run. Runaway Brae was only a nose farther back in third. Flirting Song, a 4-year-old Fiber Sonde filly, finished 9 furlongs in 1:55.53 with Hiraldo up.
Perfect Cross came from last of seven to take the $85,000 WVTBA Onion Juice Breeders' Classic by a nose in a four-horse blanket finish. In the Fairway was second, a neck in front of Waves and Tides and another neck better than Help a Brother. Perfect Cross, a 4-year-old Medford gelding, ran 7 furlongs in 1:26.47 with Montano riding.
Halter Off outfinished odds-on Greenway Court to land the $80,000 Dash For Cash Breeder's Classic by a neck with Mr. Ripken finishing third. Halter Off, a 4-year-old Windsor Castle gelding, dashed 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.70 seconds under Luis Batista.
Hear the Chatter made all the going in the $80,000 Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders' Classic for 2-year-olds and kicked clear in the final sixteenth to win by 4 3/4 lengths over One More Time. Wrongsidetwntynine finished third. Hear the Chatter, a Mass Media gelding, reported home after 6 furlongs in 1:19.69 for Gerald Almodovar.
Prince of Windsor came from far back to take the $85,000 West Virginia Lottery Breeders' Classic for 3-year-old by a neck over Comeonletsplay. Little Big Sime was 1 length farther back in third. Prince of Windsor, a Windsor Castle gelding, got 7 furlongs in 1:26.87 with Travis Dunkelberger riding.
Harlan's Destiny kicked off the night's proceedings with a popular, 2-lengths win over My Sister Caro in the $80,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders' Classic for 2-year-old fillies. Just a Real Cat was along for third. Harlan's Destiny, a daughter of Harlan's Holiday, got 4 1/2 furlongs in 53.61 seconds with Rafael Hernandez at the controls.
Saturday was Maryland Millions Day.
Eighttofasttocatch was fast enough to lead from gate to wire in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic, winning by a comfortable 4 1/2 lengths from Concealed Identity. Turbin finished third. Eighttofasttocatch, an 8-year-old Not For Love gelding, ran 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:50.54 under Forest Boyce.
Talk Show Man collared Ben's Cat in the final yards to take the $125,000 Turf by 1/2 length. Roadhog was third, 1 1/2 lengths farther in arrears. Talk Show Man, a 4-year-old Great Notion gelding, ran 1 mile on good turf in 1:39.20 with Xavier Perez up.
My Magician conjured a daylight lead early in the stretch run in the $100,000 Lassie for 2-year-old fillies, then held on gamely to win by a neck over Rocky Policy and another neck over the favorite, Rockin Jojo. My Magician, a Street Magician filly, ran 6 furlongs in 1:12.22 with Julian Pimentel in the irons.
Bear Access, at 66-1 odds, led all the way in the $125,000 Ladies Stakes on the turf and won by 3/4 length over Devilish Love. Pagan Priestess finished third. Bear Access, with Horacio Karamanos up, ran 9 furlongs on good going in 1:54.83. She is a filly by Gators N Bears.
D C Dancer rallied by pacesetting Always Smiling in the lane to win the $100,000 Sprint by 1 1/4 lengths over that foe. The favorite, Avarice, broke poorly and made up ground but settled for third. D C Dancer, a 4-year-old Not For Love gelding, ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.93 with Angel Serpa riding.
Classy Coco took back early in the $100,000 Distaff but then took full command in the stretch, kicking clear to win by 6 lengths over Steady N Love. Jonesin for Jerry was 3 lengths farther back in third. Classy Coco, a 4-year-old filly by Not For Love, ran 7 furlongs on the main strip in 1:23.93 under Trevor McCarthy.
Golden Years, the heavy favorite, set a pressured pace in the $100,000 Nursery for 2-year-olds, then edged clear late to win by 1 1/2 lengths from Legal Punch. Stonebriar filled the trifecta. Golden Years, a Not For Love colt, covered 6 furlongs in 1:10.54 with Victor Carrasco up.
Imahit jumped out to a big lead in the $155,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup Saturday and outlasted the odds-on favorite, Z Rockstar, winning by 2 1/4 lengths. Ibaka finished third. Imahit, a 5-year-old Whywhywhy gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.77 with Jareth Loveberry up. The $137,000 Distaff went to Okie Smokey, who ran from last of 11 to win by 2 1/2 lengths over What Lola Wants. Okie Smokey, a 3-year-old Cavvy filly, got 1 mile and 70 yards in 1:42.01 with Bryan McNeil in the irons.
Robbytyme outfinished the favorite, Dusty Okie, to win the $126,000 Turf Classic by a neck at 30-1 odds. Polka Joke was third. Robbytyme, a 6-year-old Kipling gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:43.19 under Jose Medina. Bringinginthelute rallied from next-last to win the $130,000 Distaff Turf by 2 1/4 lengths over Okie Nova. Katour finished third as the winner, a 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly, got 7 1/2 furlongs on the green in 1:28.83 with Luis Quinonez up.
Chifforobe got by the favorite, Okie Ride, in the final yards to win the $122,000 Sprint by a neck over that one in 1:09.25 under Lindey Wade. Johnny Whip finished third. Diamond Disco went quickly to the lead in the $115,000 Distaff Sprint and wasn't caught. The odds-on favorite, More Than Even, finished 1/2 length back in second with Mama's Mad Money third. Diamond Disco, a 5-year-old Diamond mare, got 6 furlongs in 1:10.18 with Ramon Vazquez up.
Zealous Vision took over in deep stretch to annex the $85,000 Lassie for 2-year-old fillies by 2 1/2 lengths over Dancing Diva with Rich Uncle third. Zealous Vision, a daughter of The Visualizer, ran 6 furlongs in 1:11.08 with Alex Birzer up. In the $85,000 Juvenile, Shotgun Kowboy got clear late to win by 6 1/2 lengths over He Knows Better. Batman Can finished third. Shotgun Kowboy, a Kodiak Kowboy gelding, was home in 1:09.95 under Quinonez.
By ROBERT KIECKHEFER
UPI Racing Writerhttp://www.upi.com/