'Witness' takes the 1st

'Virtual Golf,' Convey Ahead among winners

May 16, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff reports

Saturday's other races:

1st race: Primary Witness survived a jockey challenge from No Mesa With Me and outlasted Kurbat in the stretch to win the 11/16-mile Maryland Heritage Purse in the first race on the Preakness card. Jockey Luis Garcia's objection that both Primary Witness and Kurbat interfered in the upper stretch was not allowed. Javier Castellano was on Primary Witness and Julien Leparoux on Kurbat.

2nd race: In the one-mile Virtual Golf Girl Race on turf, Virsito dueled Mikoshi in midstretch, lost the lead and came back to win by a head in the final 50 yards under Ramon Dominguez. Virsito paid $14.

3rd race: Convey Ahead won the $36,000 allowance in the third race, beating Black Gabriel by a length and a half under Elvis Trujillo. Idolatry was third with a mild rally. Eibar Coa was aboard Black Gabriel.

4th race: Castellano came back to win the fourth race, the 11/16th Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap, on Northpoint Costas for trainer Dale Capuano. Northpoint Costas won by two lengths over Midnite Communion, also trained by Capuano. Money for Love (jockey Andria Terrill) was third.

5th race: Lighthouse Sound ran away from the allowance field in the 11/16-mile CoverGirl turf race, beating Macho Chick by 31/4 lengths. Dominguez came from eighth to grab the lead in midstretch and paid $9.40. Orlando Bocachica was on Macho Chick, and Garcia rode Choptank to third.

6th race: Comedero took control at the quarter pole under Robby Albarado and ran away from the field to win the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes in the sixth race. Comedero, trained by Michael Stidham, beat Latigo Shore (trainer Nick Zito, jockey Mike Smith) by 33/4 lengths. Quiet Invader, with trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia, finished third in six furlongs.

7th race: Castellano won his third Preakness Day race and Beau Choix, a chestnut colt, stalked the pace horses to come up with a win in the seventh race, the one-mile James W. Murphy Stakes, beating Manhattan Fox (jockey Garrett Gomez) by 13/4 lengths. Castellano briefly dropped the left rein at the 16th pole. "It was a mess. I feel like I never rode in my life," he said.

8th race: Blame (jockey Garrett Gomez) beat No Advantage (jockey Manuel Chavez), winning the $100,000 Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer Stakes, by 11/2 lengths. Blame won for the sixth time in nine starts, but it was the 4-year-old bay colt's first start with trainer Albert M. Stall Jr.

9th race: Rainbow View, with Leparoux aboard, moved from the fourth position down the stretch, running down Denomination, Quiet Meadow and Way With Words to win the ninth race, the Gallorette Handicap, a $100,000 Grade 3 race, by half a length. Leparoux went to the hospital Friday after he was unseated by Diva Delite in the Black-Eyed Susan.

10th race: Taqarub, with Coa up, broke quickly from the gate and took the lead across the finish line in the 10th race, the $100,000 Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap. Taqarub finished one length ahead of Roaring Lion with Castellano riding.

11th race: Strike A Deal went right to the front, and jockey Dominguez kept him there the rest of the way to win the $200,000 Dixie Stakes. The victory in the Grade 2 stakes was the third triumph on turf for Dominguez on the Preakness Day program.

13th race: Granted Ruler, ridden by Orlando Bocachica, won the 13th and final race at Pimlico on Preakness Day — a maiden special — beating Devilish Gait in the six-furlong race in the dirt. Devilish Gait finished second, and Firefighter came in third.

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