TWO VA-BREDS WIN GRADED STAKES

This wasn’t the first time an Edward P. Evans’ runner and Victor’s Cry have teamed up to win graded stakes. On Memorial Day, Evans’ Quality Road won the Grade 1 Metropolitan and a few hours later Victor’s Cry won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile.

On Saturday, Evans’ homebred Dixie City captured the $120,000 Demoiselle Stake Gr. 2 at Aqueduct and Victor’s Cry returned the winner’s circle a few hours later after winning the $250,000 Citation Handicap Gr. 2 at Hollywood Park.

Victor’s Cry, who was bred by R. Larry Johnson’s Legacy Farm, powered through the opening in the stretch and scored an impressive victory when jockey Victor Espinoza split horses in the stretch. The move paid instant dividends as Victor’s Cry gobbled up the firm turf and won his second career graded stakes.

The five-year-old Street Cry (Ire) ridgling completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.86 for his first win since taking the Shoemaker Mile.
The race set up near perfectly for Victor’s Cry, who was allowed to relax off the pace in ninth after breaking from the rail while Colgan’s Chip led the field through a half-mile in :46.86 and six furlongs in 1:10.04 before taking the lead in midstretch and winning by 1¾ lengths at 11.20-to-1 odds
Victor’s Cry’s career earnings increased to $564,021 with his sixth win in his 21st start. Bred in Virginia by Legacy Farm, Victor’s Cry is one of five winners from six starters out of Gr. 2-placed winner Short Time, by Clever Trick. He was a $150,000 Keeneland yearling.

Dixie City showed a new dimension Saturday as she took the lead at the start and powered to a dominant 3 1/4-length victory in the Demoiselle. The two-year-old Dixie Union filly set steady fractions in the 1 1/8-mile race for two-year-old fillies under jockey Jose Lezcano, who was riding Dixie City for the first time.

Dixie City drilled the first six furlongs in 1:12.82 with Tempted Stakes Gr. 3 winner Full Moon Blues her closest pursuer. Believe in A. P., the fourth-place finisher in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Gr.1 on November 5, was last of five halfway down the backstretch but began gaining momentum, made a strong move on the turn, and appeared poised to sweep to the lead entering the stretch.

Dixie Union found another gear, however, and drew off to a six-length lead in early stretch before coasting past the finish line in 1:52.84 on a track rated as fast.

The Demoiselle was the first stakes victory for Dixie City, who posted her third win from five starts. Out of the stakes-placed winning Carson City mare City Sister, Dixie City became the 35th stakes winner for sire Dixie Union, who died in July after a battle with a neurological problem. From the family of 1993 champion two-year-old male and sire Dehere, she boosted her earnings to $203,180.

It was the second year in a row a Virginia-bred has won the Demoiselle Gr.2 as 2009 Virginia-bred Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Tizahit (bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm) won the race last year.