Racing Recap: Stakes winners, MSWs and near misses

Virginia-bred made it a hat trick in the Saskatchewan Lotteries Handicap at Marquis Downs on Saturday, lodging a driving victory by the better part of 3 lengths. Owned by Wind Dancer Stable and Bill Meikle, the 3-year-old gelding is by Larry Johnson’s Legacy Farm’s Street Magician and out of the Nureyev mare Dance Gaily. He was adding to a 4-length allowance victory at this same venue and a 2 3/4-length maiden win at Assiniboia last month.

Meanwhile, at Saratoga, Morgan’s Ford Farm enjoyed a first-out maiden special weight winner with Realm, a 2-year-old son of Haynesfield, now owned by Eric Dater, Barclay Tagg and Harry Astarita. Out of the Chief’s Crown mare Shawnee County, the bay colt lodged a 1 3/4-length victory after dueling in the straight.

Quest Realty’s homebred Nancy’s Gone Wild ticked off her first victory in a MSW at Charles Town on Friday, leading gate to wire in a 2 3/4-length victory over six rivals. The 3-year-old was making her third lifetime start–she had lodged two seconds at Penn National and Laurel last fall. By Offlee Wild, the bay miss is out of the Soto mare Nancy Z.

Across the county, a pair of valiant near misses: Appealing Tale, bred by Susie and Pug Hart, barely missed in the Grade II San Diego Handicap.


Appealing Tale was short by a neck in the Grade II San Diego Handicap.


The 5-year-old son of Tale of the Cat is multiple graded-stakes placed, including a second-place finish to Masochistic in the Grade I Triple Bend at Santa Anita last month. A head short to Catch a Flight here, Appealing Tale left the well-regarded Bayern in third and brought his lifetime earning to $383,222.

In the Monroe Handicap at Gulfstream, Virginia-bred Quiet Hour got up for third. Bred by Carolyn Nicewonder Beverly, the son of Quiet American out of the Salt Lake mare Gone to Utah is a multiple stakes placed earner of $129,222.

Other winners: Dapper Dan, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone broke his maiden at Ellis Park on Sunday. By Pleasantly Perfect out of the War Chant mare Wardrobe, the 3-year-old is owned by Jeffrey Stoddard. Pauper’s Queen, bred by Atkins Home, lodged her sixth lifetime victory at Presque Isle on Sunday for current owner Ronald Clark. By Royal Academy out of the Robellino mare Regalino, the 7-year-old came under the wire 3 1/2 lengths to the good.