Horse Racing Roundup : Perceive Arrogance Wins Pomona Derby

From Times Wire Services

Perceive Arrogance outfinished Bel Air Dancer to win the $119,300 Pomona Derby by a head over favored Bel Air Dancer Saturday at Fairplex Park in Pomona.

Ridden by Alex Solis, the winner ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 and paid $10.60, $5.20 and $3.40. The victory was the third in eight starts for Perceive Arrogance.

Bel Air Dancer, the 19-10 favorite ridden by Aaron Gryder, finished a length in front of Ship’s Log and returned $4 and $3.20.

Ship’s Log, ridden by Ray Sibille, paid $4.60 to show.


Ogden Phipps’ Easy Goer recorded his third consecutive victory to retain the lead of the 2-year-old colt division when he carried Pat Day to a three-length victory Saturday in the $170,700 Cowdin Stakes at Belmont Park.

Winners Laugh, ridden by Jose Santos, was caught in the stretch and finished second in the field of six. Is It True crossed the finish line third, but was dropped to fourth when officials ruled he had impeded Fire Maker, who was placed third after the inquiry.

Easy Goer, a son of Alydar from the Buckpasser mare Relaxing, was fifth through the first quarter, moved up while racing wide and challenged as he entered the stretch.

He covered the seven furlongs on a fast track in 1:23 3/5 to earn $102,420.


At Philadelphia Park, Cefis grabbed the lead from the outside in the stretch and edged Congeleur by about two lengths to give Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens his third victory in the $300,000 Pennsylvania Derby.

Ridden by Larry Saumell, Cefis covered the 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:49 3/5 to earn $180,000 for Ryehill Farms.

Ballindaggin, the 2-1 favorite, finished three-quarters of a length behind Congeleur to take third.

Soupcon, rallying from next to last in a field of 13, came from 17 lengths off the pace to score a dramatic victory in the 61st running of the $128,900 Hawthorne Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago.

Downtown Davey, the pacesetter and the 8-5 second-choice, finished second, 1 lengths back, in the 1-mile 70-yard race.

White Relic, a 24-1 longshot, was third after racing in second most of the way.

Soupcon covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43 1/5 over a fast track and earned $77,340 for owner Roni J. Gangel. Favorite Leading Prospect was sixth.