Gold Cup at Santa Anita
Black-Eyed Susan Day
Straight Story and Jesse Campbell head to the winner's circle.
The $150,000 Autumn Stakes (G2) is the last Grade 2 race in Canada, and features top older horses going 1 1/16 miles, with Sovereign Award implications in the 3-year-old male and older male divisions. Conditions were excellent at Woodbine, with sunny skies, temperatures in the mid 50's and light wind. City Wolf was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10, exiting a 4 race winning streak including the Durham Cup (G3) last out. In to challenge him included 5-1 second choice Stunning Stag, third in the Presque Isle Mile after finishing a close second in the Seagram Cup (G3), and 11-2 third choice James Street, second in the Durham Cup (G3) after winning the Seagram Cup (G3).
Straight Story leads down the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Straight Story Campbell 78.00 32.70 19.00 7 Pender Harbour Callaghan 9.10 6.20 3 Stunning Stag Olguin 3.50 Winning Time: 1:42.87 $2 Exacta 1-7 805.10 $2 Trifecta 1-7-3 5,827.40 $1 Superfecta 1-7-3-6 10,048.70Results chart
Right: Straight Story ready to head back to the barn. The Alan Goldberg trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 6 seconds, and 0 thirds in 22 starts, earning $736,945 for owner Richard Santulli.
Left: Second place finisher Pender Harbour returns after the race. The 8-1 shot stalked the pace third 2 lengths back early under new jockey Slade Callaghan, moved up to second on the turn, but could not close on the winner. The Mike DePaulo trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 11 starts, earning $972,265 for owners Dennis Andrews, Sandra Lazaruk, and Rob Giffin.
Right: Third place finisher Stunning Stag in the post parade. The 5-1 second choice sat 8th 7 lengths off the pace early under regular rider Gerry Olguin, closed on the turn and finished third beaten 3 1/2 lengths. The Sid Attard trainee improved his record to 10 wins, 9 seconds, and 6 thirds in 31 starts, earning $895,896 for owner Janice Attard.
Eighth place finisher and beaten favorite City Wolf in the post parade. The 6-5 favorite raced in 7th early 6 lengths off the pace under regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson, came out 6 wide into the lane but failed to rally, finishing 8th beaten 8 3/4 lengths. The Reade Baker trainee has a record of 4 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 10 starts, earning $211,467 for owner-breeder Stronach Stables.
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