'Victory' overcomes trouble to win Cal Cup Mile
Drake's Victory overcame a troubled start to win his first stakes with a stretch long rally in the $175,000 California Cup Mile.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani for trainer Julio Canani, Drake's Victory ($12) finished a mile on turf in 1:33.85. He bobbled at the start and was at the back of the field until the final turn.
Orbits World, a 40-1 outsider, rallied on the outside of Drake's Victory through the stretch to finish second, a half-length behind Drake's Victory. Orbit's World finished three-quarters of a length in front of Running Free, who led at the eighth pole. Exceeding, who set an early pace of 22.78 and 46.31 seconds, finished fourth in the field of 11, losing by 2 1/4 lengths.
El Don, the 5-2 favorite, was never in contention, finishing 10th.
Drake's Victory has won 4 of 14 starts and $288,036 for owner Dana Levy. The Mile was Drake's Victory's first start since winning an allowance race at Del Mar in August.
Matron win makes Dream of Summer millionaire
Dream of Summer moved past $1 million in career earnings with her second consecutive win in the $100,000 California Cup Matron.
Owned by James Weigel and trained by Juan Garcia, Dream of Summer ($4) ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of House of Fortune.
Dream of Summer stalked pacesetter Somthinaboutlaura for the first six furlongs and rallied wide under jockey Patrick Valenzuela on the final turn to reach contention. Dream of Summer took the lead in the final furlong.
House of Fortune closed from fourth to finish 1 1/4 lengths in front of Proposed in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Dream of Summer earned $90,000, improving her career earnings to $1,041,150. She has won 10 of 17 starts; the Matron was her third stakes win of the year.
Moscow Burning wins off long layoff
Moscow Burning, the 2004 California-bred Horse of the Year, returned from a layoff of more than six months to win the $100,000 Distance Handicap, a race she won in 2003.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Moscow Burning ($4.80) led throughout, winning by three-quarters of a length over Dancing General. Fortunate Event finished third in the field of six fillies and mares, 3 1/4 lengths behind Moscow Burning.
Moscow Burning set a slow pace of 25.06 and 49.37 seconds, and finished 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:00.72. Owned by Bullseye Racing and Jim Cassidy, the Distance Handicap was Moscow Burning's first win since the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park in June 2004.
Bai and Bai wins Juvenile Fillies
Bai and Bai, who raced in $32,000 claiming races for maidens during the summer, won her first stakes in the $125,000 Juvenile Fillies.
Bai and Bai ($18.40) finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of Sierra Sweetie, the 5-2 favorite. Bai and Bai had finished second to Sierra Sweetie in the one-mile Carmel Stakes at Bay Meadows last month.
In the Juvenile Fillies, Sierra Sweetie led for the first six furlongs, closely followed by Proud Cecy and Bai and Bai. With a wide rally, Bai and Bai took the lead in early stretch. She finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.89. Fun Logic rallied from ninth to finish third.
Owned by a partnership and trained by Bill Delia, Bai and Bai has won 3 of 5 starts and $114,323.
Tempting Date remains unbeaten
Tempting Date remained unbeaten on turf with a frontrunning win in the $150,000 Distaff.
The Distaff was the first stakes appearance for the 3-year-old filly and gave the grandson-grandfather owner team of Adam and Paul Lewis of Moapa, Nev., their biggest win.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer Jeff Mullins, Tempting Date ($9.80) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:12.40, holding off a late run from Beneficial Bartok. Resident Alien, also trained by Mullins, finished third in the field of 13 fillies and mares. Western Hemisphere, the 3-1 favorite, who was making her first start in more than a year, finished fifth.
Mullins indicated that Tempting Date could be given a break until the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Tempting Date has won 3 of 5 starts and $199,680. She is undefeated in three starts on turf.