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Gold Rush Dancer wins Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Gold Rush Dancer won the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes by a nose Saturday at Santa Anita on California Gold Rush Day for state bred or sired horses.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Gold Rush Dancer ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.37 and paid $5, $3 and $2.10 as the 3-2 favorite in a field of five 2-year-olds.

Ralis swung three-wide for home and returned $3.20 and $2.20, while 2-1 second choice Tough It Out was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.10.

“I had a good trip today, but he was still a bit aggressive,” Prat said. “Even though he’s run a lot, he’s still green, he’s still learning. He came in a little bit in the stretch but I don’t think he did anything wrong.”

The stewards posted the inquiry sign regarding the stretch run, but in a unanimous decision, decided that although a tiring Glory Bound was steadied at the sixteenth pole, the winner was not at fault. Glory Bound finished fourth.

The victory, worth $110,000, increased Gold Rush Dancer’s career earnings to $294,423, with four wins in 11 starts.

In the $200,000 Melair Stakes for fillies, Enola Gay led all the way under Tyler Baze to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

Trained by Phil D’Amato, Enola Gay ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.64 and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite in a field of six.

Allsquare returned $7.60 and $5, while Cheekaboo was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.60 to show.

The victory, worth $110,000, increased Enola Gay’s career earnings to $143,600. She is 2-0 in her brief career.

“Today was about getting her out there, getting her to relax and take some breaths,” Baze said. “She did. She learns so fast and she only continues to get better.”

In the $100,000 LennyfromMalibu Stakes for older horses, Ambitious Bew won by 2 1/4 lengths under Prat after being idle since Oct. 12.

Ambitious Brew ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:13.78 and paid $6.40, $2.80 and $2.20 as the 2-1 second choice.

Forest Chatter returned $2.20 and $2.10, while 25-1 shot Old Man Lake was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3.60 to show.

Trained by Marty Jones, Ambitious Bew won for the sixth time in 16 career starts, including three stakes wins. The winner’s share of $60,000 increased the gelding’s earnings to $398,380.

Lady Eli ends skid with win in Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Lady Eli won the $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita, ending a two-race skid as the heavy 3-5 favorite.

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Lady Eli ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.29 on Saturday.

Goodyearforroses was second, followed by Avenge, Mokat and Pretty Girl.

Lady Eli paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. All but $18,388 of the total show pool of $315,505 was wagered on her in the Grade 1 race.

The 5-year-old dark brown mare has eight wins in 11 career starts and has never finished worse than second for New York-based trainer Chad Brown, who won the Preakness with Cloud Computing last weekend.

Lady Eli was coming off two close losses: by a nose in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to skip Belmont Stakes

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NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes next month after finishing eighth in the Preakness.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 30, according to the Daily Racing Form.

Trainer Chad Brown says he will wait until after the Memorial Day weekend to announce where Preakness winner Cloud Computing will run next. However, it appears unlikely he will run in the Belmont.

The Belmont field is limited to 16 starters. Besides Classic Empire, who came in second at the Preakness Stakes, other horses expected to run are Conquest Mo Money, Japan-based Epicharis, Gormley, Irap, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Meantime, Multiple, Patch, Senior Investment, Tapwrit, True Timber and Twisted Tom. Other possibilities are Irish War Cry and Hollywood Handsome.