Archive for June 2012

Snow Top Mountain Peaks in All Along

Barbara Hunter’s homebred Snow Top Mountain found a narrow seam along the rail and darted to victory in the $100,000 Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs June 16 (VIDEO).

She rebounded from a sixth-place finish last time out to take the 1 1/8-mile turf event by a neck over Clare Skies Ahead and seven other fillies and mares.

The 124-pound high weight led a second tier of horses that trailed behind frontrunner Speak Easy Gal and the pressing Thundering Emilia, as those two moved out in early fractions of 24.09 and 48.21. Urged progressively closer by jockey Paco Lopez through three-quarters in 1:12.35 and a mile in 1:37.08, she sat inside in traffic on the final turn but broke through to get up in deep stretch, holding off a late run from Clare Skies Ahead. Shimmering Moment ran third, just a head farther behind, in a final time of 1:49.48 over firm going.

Sent off at odds of 6-1, the 5-year-old daughter of Najran by the Storm Cat mare Motokiks paid $15.40, $6.20, and $4.40.

Snow Top Mountain was a graded stakes winner on the turf at Gulfstream Park for  trainer Tom Proctor in the Feb. 11 Suwannee River (gr. IIIT), but ran seventh in the Hillsborough (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs March 10. In her most recent effort, she was sixth in the Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs June 2. The All Along score improved her record to 7-7-2 from 23 starts with earnings of $486,103.

Speak Easy Gal finished a length behind the first three and was followed by the 2-1 favorite, Irish-bred La Pernelle. Then came the close second choice, Pachattack, with The Real Future, Another Smokey, and Thundering Emilia completing the order.

Embarr and Prize Catch scratched.


Snow Top Mountain & Paco win “All Along” stakes

Snow Top Mountain, whose form went sour following a Grade 3 win in Florida four months ago, was rejuvenated by a visit to Virginia in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs.

No better than sixth in two subsequent starts since a half-length win in the Grade 3 Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 11, Snow Top Mountain ($15.40) responded to a change of scenery and new jockey Paco Lopez to take the 1 1/8-mile All Along on the undercard of the Colonial Turf Cup program.

The pack caught up to tiring pacesetter Speak Easy Gal at the top of the stretch, although she gamely battled until midstretch, where she was nearly on even terms with  2-1 co-favorite  La Pernelle and Snow Top Mountain. Lopez, finding room along the rail, got a great late kick from Snow Top Mountain, who put her head in front at the sixteenth pole and then held off late charges from runner-up Clare Skies Ahead and third-place Shimmering Moment.

At the wire, Snow Top Mountain prevailed by a neck, with Clare Skies Ahead getting second by a head over 13-1 shot Shimmering Moment.

Horatio Karamanos, the rider of Clare Skies Ahead, a 16-1 outsider who was running for a $25,000 tag as recently as late April, filed an objection for interference against the winner going into the first turn, but the stewards disallowed the foul claim.

A 5-year-old mare trained by Thomas Proctor for owner-breeder Barbara Hunter, Snow Top Mountain completed the distance in 1:49.48. She has now won 7 of 23 starts lifetime.

* Action Andy ($11.40), stretching out off a series of dirt sprints, scored a front-running victory in the $50,000 Da Hoss.

Racing on turf for the first time since finishing fourth in the Maryland Million Turf eight starts ago, Action Andy was nursed through modest fractions by Karamanos and held off Sleepless Knight by a half- length while completing a mile in 1:36.01.

A 5-year-old trained by Carlos Garcia, Action Andy has now collected 3 wins and 3 seconds in 7 starts on Colonial’s grass course.

* Averil’s Ring ($34.20) held off 35-1 longshot Le Deluge by a neck to upset the $30,000 Old Nelson starter handicap at 1 3/16 miles. It was the third straight win over two seasons for the 5-year-old Averil’s Ring, ridden by Malcolm Franklin for trainer Craig Nicholson.

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Snow Top Mountain, Turbo Compressor win at Colonial

Paco LopezFor video of the Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (G3), click here.

For video of the Colonial Turf Cup Stakes, click here.

by Nicole Russo

Snow Top Mountain rallied up the rail to post a narrow victory in the 100,000 Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes (G3) Saturday night at Colonial Downs.

Speak Easy Gal and Thundering Emilia bounded away from the field of nine fillies and mares, leading the rest of the pack by as many as ten lengths through early fractions of :24.09 and :48.21.

Fourth after three-quarters of a mile, Snow Top Mountain saved ground around the far turn under Paco Lopez and found running room along the rail in midstretch, poking a head in front near the sixteenth pole. She held off a furious late bid from Clare Skies Ahead, who closed six-wide, to prevail by a neck. The final time for 1 1/8 miles on turf rated firm was 1:49.48.

Shimmering Moment finished third, a head behind Clare Skies Ahead.

Trained by Tom Proctor, Snow Top Mountain won the Suwannee River Stakes (G3) in February at Gulfstream Park but had finished unplaced in two graded stakes tries since. The five-year-old Najran mare has won seven starts from 23 career starts with earnings of $486,103.

A homebred for Barbara Hunter, Snow Top Mountain is out of the Storm Cat mare Motokiks and is a half sister to multiple graded stakes winner Keertana.

One race later, budding turf star Turbo Compressor led gate-to-wire to top a strong field in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup Stakes. He finished 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.15 under Joe Bravo.

Multiple graded stakes winner Air Support finished second, 1 ¼ lengths behind Turbo Compressor, and defending champion Rahystrada finished third.

Turbo Compressor, trained by Todd Pletcher for P and G Stables and Off The Hook LLC, is two-for-three this year since being switched to turf, winning an allowance optional claiming event at Gulfstream Park before finishing eighth in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (G1).

The four-year-old Halo’s Image ridgling was a multiple stakes winner on dirt last year. Overall, he has won six wins from 13 starts with $620,960 in earnings.

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