From Ohio to Santa Anita, here's your weekend stakes roundup!
$500,000 Ohio Derby - Thistledown
DARE DAY broke from the outside and went to the lead. BETHLEHEM ROAD followed him in second on the outside ahead of GOING FOR GOLD. LONG RANGE TODDY settled in fourth with MATH WIZARD and OWENDALE following.
DARE DAY started with fast fractions, but slowed, allowing MATH WIZZARD to take the lead as they turned for home. OWENDALE was stuck behind a wall of horses after the start, but found a gap and stepped on the gas. Drawing even with MATH WIZZARD, OWENDALE pulled way in the stretch with a final time of 1:50.88. MATH WIZZARD held on for second with LONG RANGE TODDY coming in third.
OWENDALE was the 3-5 favorite with his last start the May 18th Preakness Stakes where he ran third. The colt is trained by Brad Cox and is another successful son of INTO MISCHIEF.
It was an odd amount of money to be running for, but the showdown between MIA MISCHIEF and COVFEFE has been quite the talk of the horseracing community over the past week. The result - MIA MISCHIEF and COVFEFE, who set the pace, ran shoulder to shoulder battling it out in the Roxelana at Churchill Downs Saturday.
As COVFEFE tired, MIA MISCHIEF took the lead in the final 50 yards and late-closing AWESTRUCK pulled ahead of COVFEFE for second.
The win by MIA MISCHIEF put Steve Asmussen at the 700 win mark for Churchill Downs, only the third trainer to do so.
$150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Spectacular Bid Division
With only one start and a third-place finish, RINALDI returned to Belmont to make a name for himself. The POSSE gelding was the 10-1 upset in the New York Stallion Stakes.
At the start, it was THORNY TAKE who set the pace with opening fractions of :22.58 and :45.73. The favorite, FUNNY GUY, worked to find his position, finally settling in fifth before going three wide down the stretch. While FUNNY GUY worked to make room, RINALDI was waiting for his chance to strike. As they straightened for home, he denied both THORNY TALE and FUNNY GUY, winning with a final time of 1:21.30.
FUNNY GUY finished second with THORNY TALE held on for third two and a half lengths back.
$100,702 San Juan Capitstrano (G3T) - Santa Anita Park
Amidst controversy and the closing of the season, the San Juan Capistrano went off in an impressive fashion. From gate to wire, it was all ACCLIMATE. The five-year-old gelding set fast fractions of :22.26, :46.10, 1:09.76, 1:34.95 and finished the field off with a final time of 2:48.80 in the 1 3/4 mile turf race.
The race went entirely as planned according to jockey Martin Garcia, who was instructed to break, take the lead and not look back by trainer Phil D'Amato. In the stretch, OSCAR DOMNIGUEZ rallied for a moment but just couldn't catch him. RED KING finished third.