Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Lone Star Sky rocked,then rolls in RD Cradle

Enquirer staff and news services

        Odds-on favorite Lone Star Sky battled through traffic in the first turn to win the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths on closing day Monday at River Downs.

        “The only time I was concerned in the race was when we got bumped at the turn,” winning rider Mark Guidry said. “But he recovered quickly and won easily. I had plenty of gas left in the tank.”

        Said Lone Star Sky's trainer, Tom Amoss: “It was an easy win for him. It looked to me like Mark was asking him, but he said the horse was just playing around.”

        Pat Byrne trained-Christmas Away came from the back of the pack to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Cradle Prep winner Payforaday, who faded to third.

        Lone Star Sky was bumped and steadied on the first turn, then dueled for the lead with Payforaday before drawing clear in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds. Winning time was 1:46.80.

        Lone Star Sky, owned by Walter New, et al, paid $2.60 to win his third race in four starts, including two graded stakes scores. The colt entered the Cradle off a second-place finish to Zavata in the Grade II Saratoga Special Stakes at Saratoga. The son of Conquistador Cielo won the Grade III Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs in July and a maiden race at Arlington Park in June.

        Lone Star Sky's next start will be the Breeders' Futurity next month at Keeneland and then the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park in October.

        Leading rider John McKee rode three winners Monday to extend his apprentice jockey meet record to 114 victories. McKee, 21, of Hamersville, Ohio, passed Hall of Famer Steve Cauthen's 26-year-old track record of 109 wins by a “bug boy” Sunday.


Harlan's Holiday wins Pennsylvania Derby
               BENSALEM, Pa. — Ohio Horse of the Year Harlan's Holiday, who won last year's Cradle Stakes, took the lead with a furlong left and drew away from his four rivals to win the $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby by 4 1/2 lengths at Philadelphia Park.

        Trainer Todd Pletcher took over Harlan's Holiday's training from Ken McPeek after the colt finished seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness. He said the 3-year-old would aim for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington Park on Oct. 26 with one more prep race possible in the meantime.


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