Horse Racing News on April 14, 2012
Trainer Todd Pletcher capped a roller-coaster of a day on a high Saturday night when Caixa Eletronica blew past Duke of Mischief in the stretch and drew clear to win the Grade 2, $1 million Charles Town Classic by three lengths.
Weekend rains forced Saturday's $98,000 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita from the turf course to the main track, but it made no difference to 3-10 favorite Mizdirection, who was along in time to take the race by a half-length over pacesetting Teroda.
The raw talent of Bodemeister was too much for his rivals on Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
Dullahan, with big strides down the center of the racetrack, ran down champion Hansen in the late stages to win the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths April 14 at Keeneland.
In a virtual replay of his performance in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap on March 10, Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation led throughout to take Saturday's $400,000 Oaklawn Handicap under Luis Quinonez on Arkansas Derby Day.
Outta Tune entered Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Count Fleet Handicap in career-best form, reeling off three straight impressive wins at Oaklawn Park for trainer Chris Richard, but the former $4,000 claimer was stepping up to make his graded stakes debut.
It won't get high marks aesthetically, but It's Tricky's class prevailed in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct.
Lonesome Street got the perfect pace scenario ahead of him when rallying for a 2 1/4-length victory Saturday in the 26th running of the Grade 2, $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland.
Jockey Javier Castellano timed it just right as Perfect Officer rallied from mid-pack and nabbed long-time leader Great Mills at the wire in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Shakertown at Keeneland over 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm turf.
Jockey James Graham was up to his same race-stealing tactics Saturday, riding Daisy Devine to a comfortable wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland.