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2009 Remsen and Demoiselle Stakes

Buddy's Saint and jockey Jose Lezcano after winning the Remsen

Demoiselle Stakes
Cigar Mile and Gazelle Stakes

Date: 11/28/09

The $200,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) featured a field of 6 two-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Nashua Stakes winner Buddy's Saint was sent off as the 3-4 favorite, undefeated in his two starts so far. In to challenge him included 8-5 second choice Homeboykris, winner of the Champagne Stakes at Belmont last out, and 6-1 third choice Citrus Kid, winner of the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park by 5 lengths after breaking his maiden by 3 3/4 lengths.

Buddy's Saint draws away in the stretch

Citrus Kid was sent to the front and down to the rail to save ground, setting the early pace of 24.01, 48.18, and 1:13.23 over the fast track while being stalked by Homeboykris just to his outside 1/2 a length behind. Favorite Buddy's Saint sat third down the backstretch. Turning for home, the pacesetters tired from their duel, as Buddy's Saint took command at the 5/16 pole and quickly opened up a 3 length lead in mid-stretch through 1 mile in 1:39.46. 21-1 Peppi Knows, fourth early, put in a late rally of his own but was no match for Buddy's Saint, who drew off through the stretch to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:52.95. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to pacesetter Citrus Kid third.

 #  Horse                Jockey          Win  Place   Show
 4  Buddy's Saint        Lezcano        3.50   2.60   2.20
 2  Peppi Knows          Belmonte              7.90   4.90
 6  Citrus Kid           Maragh                       3.80
Winning Time:  1:52.95

$2 Exacta  (4-2) paid              42.60
$2 Trifecta (4-2-6) paid          112.50
Results Chart

Left: Buddy's Saint in the winner's circle.

Right: Buddy's Saint returns after the race. His trainer Bruce Levine said, "He ran well. I thought he was quite impressive. I'd thought he'd be closer to the lead, but he doesn't need it. He's very versatile. He's still learning. I don't think you've seen the best of him yet. He's a big horse, and I still think he has to grow into his frame. The two-turn race should set him up for the spring. Believe me, I wouldn't trade places with anyone in America. He'll go to Gulfstream Park for the winter."

Left: Buddy's Saint heads to teh winner's circle.

Right: Buddy's Saint heads out for the post parade. His jockey Jose Lezcano said, "The two horses in front of me went on and I just settled behind them. When I asked him at the 3/8 pole I thought (Homeboykris) had a little more momentum, but my horse passed right by like it was nothing. He gave me a really good run."

Left: Second place finisher Peppi Knows returns after the race. The 21-1 fourth choice saved ground early back in fourth under regular rider Luis Belmonte, then came out 4 wide for the drive, passing tired horses to get 2nd place beaten 4 3/4 lengths. The Sam Keyrouze trained son of Stephen Got Even improved his record to 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $118,400 for owner Philip J. Messina.

Right: Third place finisher Citrus Kid in the paddock before the race. The 6-1 third choice took the lead on the first turn under jockey Rajiv Maragh, led for 6 furlongs, then gradually tired through the final 3/8 to finish third beaten 7 lengths. The John Terranova trained son of Lemon Drop Kid improved his record to 2 wins and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $88,004 for owners Golden Goose Enterprises, James Covello, Mike Imperio, and Nick Sallusto.

Tizahit leads in the stretch run of the Demoiselle

Kicking off the stakes action on Cigar Mile day was the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles. Protesting, a maiden winner last out by 5 lengths, was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 7 (6 betting interests) over 2.80-1 second choice Fuzzy Britches, third in the Miss Grillo last out after finishing second in the Sorority. 3-1 Tizahit, fourth in the Tempted after finishing second in the Blue Hen Stakes, completed the top three on the board.

Jockey Rajiv Maragh sent 28-1 longest shot Oh Diane to the front on the clubhouse turn, setting early fractions of 23.59, 49.35, and 1:15.11 while as many as 1 1/2 lengths in front of Fuzzy Britches and Tizahit stalking the pace second and third early. Entering the stretch, Oh Diane tired allowing Tizahit to inherit the lead at the 3/16 pole. Protesting, fifth early, came out wide into the stretch and put in a strong rally but Tizahit held her off by a length at the line, getting the win in 1:53.09 over the fast track. It was a long 3 3/4 lengths back to Fuzzy Britches third.

 #  Horse                Jockey          Win  Place   Show
 4  Tizahit              Prado          7.90   3.50   2.80
 5  Protesting           Castro                3.30   2.70
 2  Fuzzy Britches       Dominguez                    3.30
Winning Time:  1:53.09

$2 Exacta  (4-5) paid              28.80
$2 Trifecta (4-5-2) paid           91.50
Results Chart

Left: Tizahit in the winner's circle with her trainer George Weaver on the far left. Weaver said, "I thought Edgar did a good job placing her. In my eyes she was really just kind of a closer, didn't have a whole lot of speed, but he recognized that there weren't a lot of other horses with speed. He placed her forwardly without going crazy and just gave us a good trip, no trouble. Obviously with the outcome I couldn't be more delighted with the trip. We'll probably give her a little bit of a breather. We were thinking that before this race, so I'm not gung ho to get her back in the entries right away. But she's always acted like she was a nice filly, so we'll just enjoy this and see how it goes."

Right: Tizahit parades before going to the winner's circle.

Left: Tizahit heads out for the post parade. Her jockey Edgar Prado said, "Beautiful trip, everything worked out perfect. She broke running out of there and I was where I wanted to be most of the way. It was a slow pace and my filly was doing everything comfortably. When I asked her, she kicked it in strong. I don't think (Protesting) could have gone by today. She was just waiting for competition. Every time I hit her she picked it up and kept on running. The distance was no problem today."

Right: Tizahit heads back to the barn after the race.

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Protesting in the paddock before the race. The 5-2 favorite broke slowly and settled back in fifth early under new jockey Eddie Castro, came out for the drive but could not gain on the winner late, finishing second beaten a length. The Shug McGaughey trained daughter of A.P. Indy improved her record to 1 win, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 5 starts, earning $81,900 for owner-breeder Phipps Stable.

Right: Third place finisher Fuzzy Britches heads out for the post parade. The 11-4 second choice stalked the pace just behind the leaders early under new rider Ramon Dominguez saving ground around both turns, then came through between horses to get third beaten 4 3/4 lengths. The Juan Rodriguez trained daughter of Pollard's Vision improved her record to 1 win, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 4 starts, earning $70,300 for owner-breeder Lansdon B. Robbins III and co-owner A.Z. Azalea Stables.

Also n the card were the Cigar Mile and Gazelle Stakes.

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