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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.

Irap wins Indiana Derby; AJ Foyt’s horse finishes 2nd

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Irap won the $500,000 Indiana Derby by five lengths over Colonelsdarkemper, owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Irap ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21 on Saturday night at Indiana Grand. He paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds. Irap is trained by Southern California-based Doug O’Neill.

Colonelsdarktemper returned $9.60 and $5.80, while Untrapped was another length back in third and paid $2.80 to show.

Foyt is in Toronto for this weekend’s IndyCar race, so he sent grandson A.J. Foyt IV to the track outside Indianapolis.

“He’s always shown a lot of heart and he showed it tonight,” the younger Foyt said about the colt. “He ran a great race.”

The younger Foyt works in the Indianapolis Colts’ front office. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where his father Tony trained horses.

“Horse racing holds a special place in my heart, and I’m glad my grandfather still has it going on,” A.J. IV said.

Smith aboard Songbird cruises to victory in Delaware Handicap

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STANTON, Del. — Songbird turned back a determined challenge from Martini Glass through the stretch to win the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap by a length Saturday.

The 1-9 favorite covered 10 furlongs in 2:03.96 to earn her 13th win in 14 career races and raise her career earnings past $4.5 million.

With regular rider Mike Smith aboard, Songbird went right to the front at start of 1 1/4-mile fixture and set moderate fractions but never was able to shake Martini Glass and jockey Jose Ferrer.

After Martini Glass ranged to the outside, Smith was forced to go a stiff left-hand stick through the final furlong.

Line of Best Fit finished third, two lengths behind Martini Glass.

Songbird owner Rick Porter, who’s battling cancer, was among those in attendance at Delaware Park.

Songbird paid $2.10 across the board.