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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Four Acres Still a Maiden at 69 and Counting...

Perpetual maiden Four Acres was nearly a maiden no more, finishing second (at nearly 76-1) in a 6f maiden claiming race at Suffolk Downs today. That makes 69 starts without a victory, although he has 6 seconds and 7 thirds.

The juvenile races at Prairie Meadows on Monday…in the Gold Lassie Stakes, the local runners did very well, as Amazing Tale ($6.40 win) led wire to wire, winning by 3-1/2 lengths over 11-1 longshot A.J. Bakes ($7.20 place), while Rasierra ($4.40 show) completed the trifecta. Asmussen’s Posse Valley finished fourth, followed by Zuella, Pixie and Marina Nolan. In the Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes, Asmussen’s Possetothemax ($3.00 win) also led wire to wire, easily defeating Robbing the Bank ($2.80 place) and Alex’s Tomcat ($3.60 show). Rockin Rocket showed nothing early, but closed late well to get up for fourth. The morning line favorite Preachin Man scratched.

In another juvenile race on Monday, Steve Asmussen’s Sky Mom finished second in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine. The winner, Dancing Allstar (Millennium Allstar-High On Believen, by Honor Grades), won by nearly seven lengths in a new track record for five furlongs (57.53). Impressive! Here she is in action:

Congratulations to the 13 winners who split the North American record $10,870,752.48 Pick Six pool at Hollywood on Monday. Each took home $576,064.

Finally, something to smile about if you are a Lava Man fan…while the six-year-old gelding may not come East for the Breeders’ Cup this year, next year the Breeders’ Cup will be run at Santa Anita.