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Friday’s Racing Roundup

February 25, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Skybeam won the featured $26,000 Silent Beauty Purse on Friday as Sportsman’s Park opened the Chicago thoroughbred racing season before a crowd of 6,104.

The five-furlong track has scheduled 25 stakes, including the $500,000- added Illinois Derby on May 27, closing day.

Skybeam, ridden by Francisco Torres, led throughout, but just lasted to defeat long-shot Ms. Meri Frances in a photo finish.

Laurene’s Dancer, another long shot, took third in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Natural Elegance, the even-money favorite, finished fifth in a field of nine.

Skybeam, a recent arrival from Gulfstream Park, paid $11.40, $6.40 and $4.60 and was timed in 1:13 2-5. Ms. Meri Francis returned $17.20 and $9.20. Laurene’s Dancer paid $8.40 to show.

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Staunch Flame collared front-running Iseewise in midstretch to score a three-length win in the $17,000 allowance feature for older fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park.

Staunch Flame, which gave Dean Kutz his third win of the day, paid $11.80, $4.80 and $3.20 after going the six furlongs in 1:10 3-5.

Iseewise, under Angelo Trosclair, returned $7.40 and $4.20 while Jone Dale, 2 1/2 lengths back in third with Pat Day in the saddle, was worth $3.80 to show.

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Caballo De Oro led all the way and beat Romantic Prince by three-quarters of a length in the $55,000 allowance feature on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Happy in Space was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Caballo De Oro, ridden by Rafael Meza, covered about 6 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:15. Sent off as third choice of the crowd of 17,199, the 5- year-old gelding paid $13, $5.40 and $3.40. It was the fifth victory in 18 starts for Caballo De Oro, who is trained by Lewis Cenicola, former exercise rider for two-time Horse of the Year John Henry.

Romantic Prince, with Martin Pedroza, paid $8.80 and $3.80. Happy in Space, with Alex Solis, returned $2.40 to show.

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