Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Walden pair rock Cradle, finish 1-2 at River Downs

The Enquirer and wire reports

Team Valor Stable's Tiger Hunt, part of an uncoupled Elliott Walden-trained entry, pulled away in the late stretch to win the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at River Downs.

Lightnin N Thunder, Walden's other entry, was 2 1/4 lengths before 9-to-10 choice Blushing Indian in second. Cradle Prep winner Texas Deputy finished fourth.

Tiger Hunt is unbeaten in two starts, including a maiden victory at Churchill Downs in July.

"He ran like a seasoned horse his first time," winning rider Larry Melancon said, "so I didn't worry about any of that stuff about a 2-year-old (running greenly) making his second start."

With Lightnin N Thunder leading by six lengths in-midstretch, Tiger Hunt appeared to be a well-beaten third. But he burst past the leaders in the final sixteenth to finish in 1:49 for the 1 1/16 miles on a track rated good.

He paid $10.60 to win.

"He's learning; it's a heavy track," Walden said. "I got him ready to go two turns."

Previous Cradle winners include Spend a Buck, Peaks and Valleys, Harlan's Holiday and Tejano Run.

PENNSYLVANIA DERBY: Grand Hombre won the $750,000 race for 3-year-olds by 5 1/4-lengths at Philadelphia Park, keeping a perfect 4-for-4 record.

LADY WINS: Take Charge Lady, a 2-to-5 favorite owned by Cincinnatians Feye and Jerry Bach, won the Arlington Matron by 10 1/2 lengths and snapped a string of three runner-up finishes with her first victory in 2003.

AZERI PLANS: Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year and winner of 11 consecutive races, will make her next start in the Lady's Secret Handicap Sept. 28 at Santa Anita.

Harness racing

CANE PACE: No Pan Intended took the lead from favored Allamerican Native in the stretch and went on to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $331,000 opening leg of pacing's triple crown, at Freehold (N.J.) Raceway.

Driven by David Miller, No Pan Intended covered the mile in 1:53.3 and paid $8 to win for the ninth time in 12 starts. Tidal Seach rallied for second; 3-to-10 favorite Allamerican Native was third.

The second leg of the 3-year-old series is the Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio, Sept. 18.

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