Seeyoubychance holds on to win Mitchell

`Chaser' second by neck

`Malibu' captures Toddler

December 05, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Seeyoubychance won yesterday's $40,000 H. Steward Mitchell Stakes, his first added-money victory, in a thrilling stretch drive at Pimlico Race Course.

Under Ryan Fogelsonger, the 2-year-old son of American Chance wrested the lead in mid-stretch, battled front-running speedster Late Night Lover and then held off a last-gasp effort by favorite Monster Chaser to win by a neck.

Seeyoubychance, who is trained by Dale Capuano, paid $8.80. He covered the six furlongs in 1 minute, 12.70 seconds, topping a $22.40 exacta and $77.60 trifecta.

Fogelsonger said: "Late Night Lover stayed in there pretty gamely. He kept digging back in. But we knew this horse has a lot of talent. He drew the outside post where he likes to be.

"It set up perfectly with two horses dueling and we got a good trip. I give that 2 horse [Late Night Lover] a lot of credit. I didn't think the race was won until we hit the wire."

Monster Chaser had posted three wins in six starts, including a victory in the Rollicking Stakes and a second-place finish in the Maryland Million Nursery.

In another race, Golden Malibu won her second straight added-money test, taking the $40,000 Toddler Stakes.

After an alert start under Larry Reynolds, the daughter of Malibu Moon hurried up the rail and continued in the clear all the way to the wire, finishing 2 3/4 lengths ahead of post-time favorite Flashy Three in 1:13.23 for the six furlongs. Hanalei Bay rallied for third.

Golden Malibu, who had won Pimlico's Heavenly Cause in her last start, paid $4.40 and topped a $7 exacta and $19.20 trifecta.

A promising eight-horse field scratched down to four. Morning-line favorite Trickle Of Gold tossed her rider in the post parade and got away from the outriders just before the horses were to load for the start.

Reynolds said: "It was unfortunate for racing [that Trickle of Gold was a late scratch], but with the speed out of there, it was all mine. [Golden Malibu] settled nicely around the turn and at the head of the lane she responded."

NOTE: Nancy Alberts has not given up hope that Magic Weisner, the 2002 Preakness runner-up, can return to racing, and the owner, trainer, and breeder sent her horse out for his first public work since the spring.

The 5-year-old breezed a half mile in 49.80 at Pimlico, the 15th of 39 works at the distance. After spending the summer at Alberts' farm in Howard County, Magic Weisner returned to the track six weeks ago.

Magic Weisner contracted West Nile virus after a second-place finish in the 2002 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Since then, he has made one start, finishing last in an allowance race at Laurel Park in July 2003.

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