Miss Fleetfoot breezes to win in $75K Primonetta Stakes
Ghost Ridge Farms & Phil Schoenthal's Miss Fleetfoot demonstrated her love for adverse weather conditions when she sailed through an afternoon storm Saturday to win the feature at Pimlico Race Course, the $75,000 Primonetta Stakes for fillies and mares. Now 4-for-7 lifetime racing on an off-track, the 6-year-old rushed into contention under jockey Abel Castellano, pressing and dueling with speedy front-runner Five Diamonds through the heavy rain and gusty wind before powering away to win the six-furlong test by 21/4 lengths in 1 minute, 12.02 seconds. Post time favorite Wind Caper closed to take second, while Tough Talkin Lady finished a distant third. "When we came out of the gate, she was running very hard in the slop, and I felt like I had a lot of horse from the backside all the way home," Castellano said. "Turning for home I asked her to go, and she never stopped. She was so happy running in the slop." The winner, who is trained by Schoenthal, paid $11.40. The exacta with Wind Caper returned $25, and the triple with Tough Talkin' Lady paid $63.40.
—From Sun staff and news services
Bon Caddo reigns at 101st running of My Lady's Manor
Merriefield Farm's Bon Caddo captured the 101st running of the $35,000 My Lady's Manor steeplechase race under windy and rainy conditions at Monkton. Ridden by Blair Wyatt, the 10-year-old gelding finished the three-mile course in 7:22.40 and won by a reasonably comfortable margin over More Fascination. The 2010 winner, South Monarch, was third. "My horse was keen and jumping well," Wyatt said of the Dawn Williams trainee. "I didn't really want to be on the lead so much, but things changed and we adapted." In the secondary feature, the $10,000 John Rush Streett Memorial, Yin Yang provided the first sanctioned victory for jockey Erica Gaetner with He's Got Mojo and You And I following that pair. The $7,500 John D. Schapiro Memorial went to Justpourit. Because of the weather and a tornado watch, the races were expedited with paddock time and waits between them shortened.
—Kent Baker, Special to The Baltimore Sun