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Luis Saez celebrates aboard Point Me By after the 2021 Bruce D. Stakes
The second of three Grade 1 events on Mr. D. Stakes Saturday was the $300,000 Bruce D. Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds going 1 mile on the turf, originally run as the Secretariat Stakes. A field of 9 went to post with Point Me By sent off as the 8-5 favorite off a 4th place finish in a Saratoga allowance after winning his debut at Churchill Downs. In to challenge him included 9-5 second choice Tango Tango Tango, winner of the American Derby, the main local prep for this race, and 6-1 third choice Therideofalifetime, 3rd in an overnight handicap at Colonial after winning an allowance at Churchill Downs.
Down the stretch in the Bruce D.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Point Me By Saez 5.40 2.80 2.40 2 Tango Tango Tango Cannon 3.00 2.40 4 Ginsburned Leparoux 3.80 Winning Time: 1:37.70 $1 Exacta (6-2) 8.90 $0.50 Trifecta (6-2-4) 15.05 $0.10 Superfecta (6-2-4-8) 14.06Results Chart
Left: Point Me By heads to the winner's circle. Winning owner Ron Rashinski said, "To get a Grade 1 on this day here is just great. I just feel kind of bad that we won't be able to come back and try the (Arlington) Million next year.”
Right: Trophy presentation for the Bruce D. Stakes.
Left: Point Me By in the paddock before the race. Winning trainer Eddie Kenneally said, "He ran quite well at Saratoga opening week; had a terrible trip, might have been the best horse, got beaten a length, length and a quarter, and was just full of run, just nothing worked out for him, but he showed up and he ran a good race. We just took a look (at the nominees) and we thought it's not nearly as deep as it has been in years past. We thought for the money we'd take a shot, straight 3-year-olds instead of running against older horses."
Right: Point Me By heads out to the track before the race.
Left: Second place finisher Tango Tango Tango in the post parade. The Jack Sisterson trainee improved his record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $134,491 for owner Calumet Farm.
Right: Third place finisher Ginsburned behind the starting gate. The Rusty Arnold trainee improved his record to 1 win, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $60,100 for owner Ashbrook Farm.
The horses break from the gate for the Bruce D. Stakes.
The $75,000 Mike Spellman Memorial Stakes featured a field of 9 Illinois-bred older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course. 48-1 Northern Alliance and 33-1 Romantic Attack dueled for the lead for the first 3/4 mile through fractions of 24.02, 49.68, and 1:14.02 while stalked by 32-1 Risky Risky Risky and 5-1 second choice Strollin the Bayou. Turning for home 2-5 favorite Bramble Queen swept to the front through 1 mile in 1:38.52. 10-1 Summer Day put in a strong rally from 8th but Bramble Queen held her off to win by 1/2 a length in 1:44.70. It was another 2 lengths back to 42-1 Launch Away third.
The race is named in honor of legendary Daily Herald sportswriter Mike Spellman. His brother Neil said, "I would love (for the race to be run elsewhere). If it can't exist here, just someplace. We would make an effort, if they kept the name, but my head tells me this was the final one. It is a good note to go out on. Million Day, exciting race. This is good memory."
Kicking off the stakes action was the $75,000 Isaac Murphy Stakes for Illinois-bred older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the Polytrack. Jockey Chris Emigh sent 9-5 second choice Get None to the lead exiting the chute through fractions of 23.13 and 46.49 while pressed by 9-10 favorite Jolina nand stalked by 30-1 Rare Action Attack. Turning for home Get None left the field in her wake, opening up a 3 1/2 length lead through 5f in 58.53 and continuing to pull away to win by 5 1/2 lengths over Jolina in 1:11.67. It was another 5 3/4 lengths back to Rare Action Attack third.
The Hugo Rodriguez trainee improved her record to 11 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 25 starts, earning $196,629 for owner Hermilo Racing Stable.
On to the Mr. D. Stakes won by Two Emmys
On to the Beverly D. won by Santa Barbara
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