Sunday, April 08, 2007

Weekend Wrap Up

- Ah Day, far back most of the way, rallied on the turn and finished third behind Silver Wagon and Diabolical in the Grade I $300,000 Carter Handicap on the Wood Memorial undercard. Silver Wagon, who won the General George Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park in his prior start, ran the seven-furlong race in 1:21.46

- My Sister Sue beat the favorite and then survived a claim of interference on her way to a driving victory in Saturdays feature at Laurel, the $100,000 Primonetta Stakes for fillies and mares. My Sister Sue ridden by Katie Lee crossed the finish line first by 4-1/4 lengths and Homesteader rallied to nip Coli Bear by a head to take second. After reviewing the race replay and interviewing the riders, the Laurel Park judges allowed 1-2-3 order of finish remain as it was. The winning time for the six furlong distance was 1:10.71.
“She has a lot of idiosyncrasies but with Katie’s help we got it worked out,” said winning trainer Flint Stites. “She’s on the top of her game right now. She doesn’t like the whip and she doesn’t like to get caught behind horses. She’s got to be outside.”
The win was the first stakes victory for Lee.
“Very exciting,” added Lee.“Flint has helped me out so much ever since I had the bug at Penn National. He has taken good care of me. This is wonderful."
The stewards also entertained a claim of foul against La Chica Rica, the fourth place finisher, who was disqualified for interference and placed fifth behind Scheing E Jet.

This win is a shock to me. When I see a Flint Stites horse ridden by Katie Lee, it is almost guaranteed not to win. We'll I guess they caught lightening in a bottle yesterday. Enjoy....It will probably be another 200 races before you two see the winners circle again!

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