ROUNDUP : Weekend Sweep by Castanon at Fairplex
Jockey Antonio Castanon capped a sweep of the featured weekend races at Fairplex Park when he rode Cool Gold Mood to a come-from-behind victory Sunday in the $53,000 C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes.
The victory guaranteed Cool Gold Mood a berth in the $150,000 Pomona Invitational Handicap next Sunday at Fairplex Park.
Cool Gold Mood trailed in the six-horse field as Shaynoor and J.L.'s Tribute set the pace. Heavily favored Stylish Stud was slightly off the pace and moved past the tiring leaders to take the lead with a furlong to run.
But Castanon, who briefly steadied his mount behind J.L.'s Tribute as he tired entering the stretch, swung Cool Gold Mood to the outside of Stylish Stud and easily went by to win by two lengths. Royal Assignment was third, a length behind Stylish Stud.
Cool Gold Mood paid $15.80, $5.20 and $3.60. Stylish Stud returned $2.80 and $2.40, Royal Assignment $4. The $2 exacta returned $37.40.
Castanon also won Saturday’s Derby Trial Stakes aboard Truly Royal.
Longshot Solar Splendor took the lead at the top of the stretch and drew off to a 1 1/4-length victory over Dear Doctor in the Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont.
Solar Splendor, ridden by Herb McCauley, raced near the lead before taking control and getting his third victory in 10 starts this year. He covered 1 3/8 miles on turf in 2:12 1/5 to earn $240,000.
Solar Splendor paid $50.40, $22 and $8.40.
Subtle Dancer, a 14-1 shot, beat Premiere Express with a powerful late run in the $150,000 Susan’s Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Calder Race Course in Miami.
Subtle Dancer caught Premiere Express in the last 50 yards and won by a length. Fortune Forty Four, a 23-1 shot, finished third.
Ridden by Adiel Toribio, Subtle Dancer ran seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5 and paid $30 to win.
Bungalow, ridden by Francisco Torres, easily defeated a field of six in the $35,000 Margi J. Handicap for Illinois-bred fillies and mares at Arlington Racecourse.
Bungalow covered 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:45 2/5.
Trinity Meadows Raceway in Texas, forced to cancel all weekend races because jockeys refused to ride on a rain-weakened track, has banned 27 riders from the track and vowed to replace them with new jockeys.
The track’s action came less than 30 minutes after several jockeys and a Jockeys Guild representative told management that they would not ride Sunday.
Because of jockey concerns, officials announced early Saturday that races were canceled for both Saturday and Sunday. Later Saturday, track officials made another plea for a resumption on Sunday, but jockeys refused.
Racing is scheduled to resume Thursday at the track, 20 miles west of Fort Worth. But officials say the jockeys who refused to ride are barred “now and forever.”
The horsemen’s association at the track called a meeting with management Sunday and was expected to ask Jack Lenavitt, co-owner and vice president of the track, to rescind the ban against the jockeys, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
However, there was no confirmation that the meeting was held.
The jockeys’ refusal to race Saturday was especially embarrassing for the track’s management because a group of state legislators and local civic leaders were invited to the track for a day of racing.
Track security prevented reporters from approaching a tent where track management was dining, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“Who do they think is going to ride?” jockey Bubba Wilson said. “They can’t do that. They have been promising us they would fix the surface.
“How come so many horses have been breaking down? It’s a privately owned track, so they can (fire jockeys). But if they do it . . . I’ll pack up my stuff and leave here.”