Sunday, March 2, 2003
Battaglia to Champali; next up is Lane's End
The Enquirer and wire reports
Champali strengthened his role as the local favorite for the Grade II Lane' s End Stakes by extending his record for the year to a perfect 3-for-3 with a 3 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.
Chicken Soup Kid was second, while 4-to-5 favorite Grey Comet faded to third after setting the pace.
Lloyd Madison Farm LLC's Champali, trained by Greg Foley with leading rider Jason Lumpkins aboard, won in 1:46 1/5 for 1 1/16 miles over a muddy track.
"I was confident at the three-eighth pole because I could see that (jockey) Aaron (Gryder) was working hard on Grey Comet," Foley said. "But at the eighth pole, I was afraid that the missed training was catching up with him. He found another gear and drew off, which was impressive. He's the best horse I've ever trained."
Champali has six wins in seven starts and $248,474 earnings. He returned $6, $4.40 and $2.60 as the 2-to-1 second choice. Should he win the Lane's End Stakes on March 22, Champali would be the first horse in the 32-year history of the race to sweep all three preps - the Prevue, WEBN, Battaglia - and the Lane's End.
Request for Parole beat Perfect Drift in last year's Battaglia, then had the tables turned in the Lane's End.
Earlier, Duzee Stable's Unbridled Femme won the Valdale Stakes for 3-year-old fillies under jockey Brian Peck. Her next start will be in the $150,000 Bourbonette on the Lane's End Stakes undercard, trainer David Pate said.
At Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Great Notion took the lead at the quarter pole and drew away for a 9-length victory in the Southwest Stakes, an Arkansas Derby prep. Great Notion finished second to Champali in the Turfway Prevue on Jan. 4.
SANTA ANITA: Trainer Bob Baffert finished 1-2 in the San Rafael Stakes, with Rojo Toro defeating Spensive by 1 length in the Kentucky Derby prep.
Later, Milwaukee Brew made history by winning the Santa Anita Handicap for the second consecutive year, edging Congaree by a nose at the wire after the older horses ran neck-and-neck through the stretch.
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