Honorable Miss: Any Limit pulls clear in stretch
Saratoga, 9th Race - Aug. 1, 2008
|$147,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2)|
|$2 Exacta (5-3) Paid $67.50, $2 Trifecta (5-3-6) Paid $214.50
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- At 6-1, Any Limit may have been the longest price on the tote board in Friday's $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap, but she won like a 3-5 shot, drawing away through the stretch to a surprisingly easy 5 3/4-length victory over Zada Belle in the Grade 2 dash for fillies and mares.
Any Limit entered the Honorable Miss with three graded stakes wins on her resume - more than any of her four rivals - including a game triumph in Belmont Park's Grade 2 First Flight Handicap on July 4. But Any Limit also had been beaten a combined 15 lengths while off the board in her only two starts at Saratoga.
Any Limit broke alertly under jockey Cornelio Velasquez and quickly sped to the lead while chased by Miss Macy Sue and Graeme Six in the six-furlong Honorable Miss. She repulsed a brief challenge from Miss Macy Sue entering the stretch and drew off. Zada Belle steadied sharply behind Miss Macy Sue, losing valuable position approaching the far turn. She saved ground around the turn and then rallied mildly.
Miss Macy Sue finished a troubled fourth as the favorite for the second straight year in the Honorable Miss. The 9-5 choice, she also steadied back into the far turn after rushing up inside the winner, recovered to take a run for the lead on the final turn, but had little left through the stretch.
Any Limit, a homebred daughter of Limit Out owned by Joseph Shields Jr., covered the distance in 1:09.98 over a fast track and paid $15.60.
"That was her first win here," Jerkens said. "We're going to be trying for the Ballerina if she's well."
The Grade 1 Ballerina will be run at seven furlongs on Aug. 24.
Majestic Light: Luck Money wins U.S. debut
Luck Money showed he could be a force in the 3-year-old turf division during the remainder of the season by registering a half-length victory over 2-1 favorite Prussian in Friday's $82,2000 Majestic Light Stakes. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he was making his U.S. debut.
Luck Money ($6.60), an Irish-bred son of Indian Ridge, rallied from a perfect stalking position under John Velazquez to gain command inside the furlong marker before holding safe Prussian. Prussian, who altered his usual tactics by taking well back during the early stages, swung out sharply, causing significant crowding at the head of the stretch, before finishing willingly to be second.
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