In a game of inches, JUMP START gained one and missed one. Getting his fifth career stakes win was millionaire PRAYER FOR RELIEF (pictured-right), who flew down the Remington Park stretch to nab the $175,000 Governor’s Cup S. The 124-pound highweight in the field of five, the Zayat Stables colorbearer went off as the 3-10 favorite and needed every inch of the one and an eighth miles to get his seventh career victory. Trained by Steve Asmussen and winner of the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H-G3 in his previous start, PRAYER FOR RELIEF pushed his lifetime earnings total to $1,524,725.
The next afternoon, JUMP START’s son SAN PABLO just missed getting his second consecutive Philip H. Iselin S.-G3 in a terrific stretch duel at Monmouth Park. Racing exclusively in stakes the past two years, the Burning Sands Stable LLC runner trained by Todd Pletcher has finished first or second in 15 of his 19 career starts.
ORIENTATE’s daughter LITTLE POLKA DOT keeps going, and going, and going! Now 7, Coteau Grove Farms LLC’s dark bay mare got a stakes win for the third year in a row when taking $100,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff S. at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. Leading from start to finish in the mile and a sixteenth turf test, the Patrick Devereux Jr. trainee increased her earnings to $533,271.
At Arlington Park, E DUBAI’s 3-year-old son FORDUBAI recorded his first stakes victory in the $65,000 Straight Line S. The Jim Tafel homebred kicked in down the stretch to get up and win by a neck as part of the 5-2 favored entry in the field of eight. Earlier this year, FORDUBAI was second in the Gr. 2 Illinois Derby. Trained by Greg Geier, he has now earnings of $259,978 and is a winner of half his eight lifetime starts.