Jockey Jerry Bailey, looking to equal or surpass Mike Smith’s record for single-season stakes wins with a big day at Calder on Saturday, had to settle for one victory during the track’s Florida Millions program.
Bailey won the $150,000 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies with heavily favored Chatter Chatter, giving him 67 stakes scores in 2003, one behind the record set by Smith nine years ago.
The country’s leading rider once again in terms of purse earnings, Bailey had other prime opportunities. He was second with favored and previously unbeaten Wynn Dot Comma in the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile, third with favored Sing Me Back Home in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint and third with 5-2 third choice The Judge Sez Who in the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Handicap, the day’s richest race.
In what amounted to a seven-furlong workout, Lion Heart, the 1-2 favorite, toyed with four rivals and won the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes by six lengths at Hollywood Park.
Owned by Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor and trained by Patrick Biancone, the Tale Of The Cat colt made the lead without any urging from Mike Smith, who was aboard the $1.4-million purchase for the first time, and went on to win in a stakes-record 1:20.63.
A winner against maidens in his debut at Santa Anita on Oct. 24, Lion Heart will try two turns for the first time in the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 20.
“I think this horse spoke for himself out there,” said Smith. “What I like about him just as much as his ability is his disposition. He acts like a 5-year-old out there. He went out there like he owned the place.”
Making her first appearance at a New York track since Nov. 6, 1998, jockey Julie Krone had to settle for third in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap with Banyu Dewi, but she did win two other races on the card at Aqueduct.
Krone won the third with Trixie Lady ($4.40) and the sixth with first-time starter and 7-2 shot Quick Action.
Riding for the first time at Churchill Downs, jockey Ryan Fogelsonger made the most of the visit, guiding Hoh Buzzard to a 7-1 upset in the $175,650 Mrs. Revere Stakes.
Trained by Ben Cecil for owner Gary Tanaka, the 3-year-old Alhaarth filly completed the 1 1/16 miles on a yielding turf in 1:45.01 to beat 6-1 shot Aud by a neck.
Ending a six-race losing streak, Tough Game ($8.60) matched Hollywood Park’s track record for six furlongs when he won by two lengths in 1:07.52. Apalachee Ridge won in the same time on Dec. 12, 1997.
Victor Espinoza rode the winner, a 4-year-old Mr. Greeley colt, for trainer Kristin Mulhall and a partnership that includes Neil Papiano and Steve Taub over a surface that played extremely fast all day.