ARCADIA, Calif. — Ashleyluvssugar won the $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship by a half-length Sunday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Gary Stevens, Ashleyluvssugar ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:58.35 and paid $8.80, $5 and $3.40 as the 3-1 third choice.
Texas Ryano returned $15.80 and $10 at 14-1 odds, while Twentytwentyvision was another nose back in third and paid $4.80 to show.
Metaboss, the 5-2 favorite, finished fourth in the Grade 2 race.
Ashleyluvssugar was second to longshot El Huerfano all the way until taking command three-sixteenths of a mile from the wire.
The victory, worth $120,000, increased Ashleyluvssugar’s career earnings to $847,504, with eight wins in 17 starts.
The 5-year-old gelding will make his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.
“He’s not very big but he’s full of energy, does his job and he loves Santa Anita,” Stevens said.
It was Ashleyluvssugar’s second win in a row and fourth in seven starts on Santa Anita’s turf course.
“This is his kind of track,” trainer Peter Eurton said. “You’ve got to think this horse is just full of heart. When he’s healthy like he is right now, he’s great.”
NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.
The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.
The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.
Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.
NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.
Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.
“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.
The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.
Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.