Wednesday’s Racing Rdp
Undated (AP) _ Cagey Exuberance, carrying a weight of 116 and John Nied Jr., registered her fifth consecutive victory when she raced to a 3 3/4 -length triumph Wednesday in the $85,000 Astarita Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
Sea Basque, 113 and Jorge Velasquez was runner-up, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Maxi Ruler, 116 and Angel Cordero Jr.
Show bettors enjoyed a bonanza when Bound, the odds-on choice tired late to finish fourth in a field of six.
Cagey Exuberance paid $7.80, $5 and $21.20, Sea Basque returned $8.20 and $32 and Maxi Ruler paid 18.40 to show.
Cagey Exuberance covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18 1-5.
Uncle Bentley held off Flying Rice by a nose in the $13,700 Pistol White Purse on grass at Pimlico Race Course.
Ridden by Greg Hutton, the favorite in the field of five sprinters saved ground along the rail to complete the five furlongs in 0:57 4-5, three-fifths of a second over the track record.
Uncle Bentley paid $5, $2.80 and $2.20, while Flying Rice returned $5.20 and $4. Rollicking Redskin, who finished a length farther back, paid $2.40 to show.
Watch Word wore down Hold The World in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $21,350 Castle Pines Handicap for older horses at Calder Race Course.
Ridden by Gene St. Leon, Watch Word ran the seven furlong race in 1:24 2-5 and paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. Hold The World paid $2.20 and $2.10. Third- place Peaceful Arab paid $2.10 to show.
Grand Reward charged from behind to overtake Serenius and score a 2 1/4 -length victory in the $15,000 Wee Miracle Purse at Hawthorne.
Serenius finished second, and Double Clever was third in the 6-furlong race.
Grand Reward was ridden by Eddie King and timed in 1:10, returning $14, $7.60 and $3.60. Serenius paid $6.20 and $4.60. Double returned $3 to show.
Qualify, ridden by Gary Stevens, nipped Sacahuista by a nose to win the $258,035 Del Mar Futurity, concluding the 43-day season at the seaside track.
Carrying 114 pounds, Qualify lagged back in the field in the early going but charged from third place in the stretch to beat out eight rivals in the one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.
Sacahuista, carrying 117 pounds and ridden by Pat Day, finished second, a half-length ahead of undefeated Brevito, carrying 116 pounds and ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye.
Sacahuista, the only fillie entered, had dueled Brevito from the start, with the pair exchanging the lead several times after the turn for home before a closing-day crowd of 23,468 at Del Mar.
Brevito had won both his career starts, which came in stakes races at Louisiana Downs in July and last month.
Qualify, who finished the race in 1:35 3-5, paid $13.80, $7 and $6. Sacahuista returned $6.80 and $5.40, while Brevito paid $5 to show.
Double Freedom took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off closing charges by Sir Mac and Viceless to capture the $18,000 feature race at the Meadowlands.
Ridden by Julie Krone, Double Freedom covered the 1 1-16 miles on the turf in 1:41 3-5. The 4-year-old son of Nodouble returned $50, $13.20 and $8 in winning for the second time in seven starts this year.
Favored Sir Mac finished a neck behind the winner and paid $4.80 and $4.20. Viceless, a nose farther back in third, was worth $7.40 to show.