Monday’s Racing Roundup
Undated (AP) _ Mr. Murtaugh was placed first by the Aqueduct stewards in the $40,000 Devil Diver for 4-year-olds and up on Monday.
Dewan For Us, 115 with Robbie Davis riding, finished first by a head over Mr. Murtaugh, who was a nose in front of Shephin. But Dewan For Us was dropped to third for impeding Sheaphin, 115 with Nick Santagata, and Sheaphin was placed second in the revised order of finish.
The disqualification marked the second time in the last three days that the winner of an Aqueduct feature was taken down by the stewards. Landing Plot was placed first in Saturday’s Swift Stakes when Vinnie The Viper was disqualified.
Monday’s victory was the third in nine starts this year for Mr. Murtaugh, who earned $24,000 for owenr Albert Davis. Ridden by Frank Lovato Jr. and carrying 115 pounds, he covered 1 1/8 miles on the fast track in 1:54 1-5 and returned $4, $3 and $2.10. Sheaphin paid $7 and $2.80, while Dewan For Us returned $2.40.
Phantom Dancer took the lead down the backstretch and widened her advantage the rest of the way to win the $16,000 Gamely Purse at Pimlico Race Course.
Ridden by former national jockey champion Jesse Davidson, Phantom Dancer completed 1 1-16th miles in 1:46 4-5.
Gold Kiss was another six lengths behind in second and Hidden Fantasy was four lengths back in third.
Phantom Dancer paid $8, $3.40 and $5.20. Gold Kiss returned $5.20 and $3.80, while Hidden Fantasy was $4.40 to show.
Good Dory outran 5-2 favorite Family Compact in the closing strides to earn a nose victory in the $10,500 Swede of Norfolk Purse at Sportsman’s Park.
The winner, ridden by Brent Bullard, ran the 6 1/2 furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:20 3-5 and returned $21.20, $8 and $3.80 to her backers in the crowd of 7,948.
Family Compact paid $4.40 and $2.60. Just Air Time, who set the early pace, finished four lengths back in third and paid $7 in the field of 10 fillies and mares.
Comet Streak seized the lead from pacesetter Accomplished Lover in midstretch en route to a three-length victory in the $17,000 allowance feature at Oaklawn Park.
Comet Streak, coupled in the wagering with Colt Forty Four, went the six furlongs in 1:11 1-5 under David Whited and paid $4.40, $3 and $2.40. Accomplished Lover, ridden by Terry Sonnier, finished one length in front of Moro Bay and returned $8 and $4. Moro Bay, with Pat Day up, returned $3.40.
Accomplished Lover went to the lead at the start and maintained a clear advantage before being caught by Comet Streak. Comet Streak raced near the frontrunner throughout and made up ground steadily in the stretch. Moro Bay came from far back in the field of seven other older horses to take third.
Comet Streak, trained by Bill Mott, increased his earnings to $25,284 for owner John Franks while winning for the third time in five starts.