Primal won his sixth stakes of the year and went over $1 million in earnings with a two-length victory over Zalipour in the Hurricanes Handicap Sunday at Calder Race Course in Miami.
The winner’s $33,370 share of the $52,150 purse increased the Tartan Stables homebred’s earnings to $1,019,530 in 41 starts.
Ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, Primal ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 4/5 and paid $4.40, $3.40 and $2.60. Zalipour paid $6 and $4.20; Proud Proud Proud returned $3.80.
Flawlessly held on to beat Debutant’s Halo by a head in the $93,750 Tempted Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
The victory was the third in seven starts this year for the daughter of Affirmed-La Confidence, who covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:46 3/5 to earn $56,250 and return $11.20, $5.80 and $3. Debutant’s Halo, the favorite, paid $4.40 and $3.80 and Slept Thru It returned $3.80.
Simply So, a Missouri-bred daughter of Gold Ruler, won her third race, the $46,900 Gold Digger Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Hawthorne Race Course.
Simply So, the 9-5 second choice in the field of eight, defeated 8-5 favorite Victorian Angel by five lengths.
The winner covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:19 and paid $5.80, $3.40 and $3. Victorian Angel paid $3.20 and $2.60. Little Grey Holme returned $3.40.
Wide Country won the $60,000 Heavenly Cause Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Race Course by five lengths.
Wide Country, who won the $150,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship in her previous start, paid $3, $2.10 and $2.10 as the strong favorite in the field of six Maryland-breds. Dress Optional returned $2.10 and $2.10 and Traveling Treat returned $2.10.