Raponera Wins Jack Smallwood Stakes
MIAMI (AP) _ The heavily favored entry of Raponera and Bal d’Argent finished first and third in the $75,000 Jack Smallwood Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Calder Race Course on Sunday.
Sweeping Story, a 17-1 shot, was second.
Bred and owned by Elbert and Cecilia Dixon, Raponera led all the way and finished two lengths in front of Sweeping Story. Bal d’Argent was another 2 3/4 lengths back.
The winner, ridden by Pedro Rodriguez, covered a mile in 1:41 3-5. The entry, which went off at 3-5, paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.20. Sweeping Story paid $7.60 and $4.60.
Raponera, breaking from the No. 1 post, established a clear lead over Thunder Wonder turning into the backstretch and was in control the rest of the way. At the half-mile pole, Raponera led Thunder Wonder by 1 1/2 lengths with Seeping Story third and Bal d’Argent fifth.
Going easily, Raponera turned for home leading Sweeping Story by a length as Bal d’Argent rallied on the outside. Raponera opened a 3 1/2-length lead in midstretch and was not threatened as Rodriguez went to the whip in the final sixteenth of a mile.
After losing her first five starts by wide margins, Raponera broke her maiden by leading all the way on Sept. 6. The Florida-bred daughter of Zafarrancho went into the Jack Smallwood with earnings of $22,405 and tripled her total to $67,405 with her second straight victory.