Cauy Prevails By a Nose in Thrilling $50,000 Miller Lite

(September 14, 2003)- Cauy, representing the red-hot barn of trainer Bret Calhoun, prevailed by a nose in a thrilling stretch duel with Southern Tour in the $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texason Saturday, June 14. Cauy earned her fist stakes win in the five-furlong turf sprint for older fillies and mares in front of 8,752 fans.

Under the confident handling of Eddie Martin Jr., who took the lead in the jockey standings with two victories on the card, Cauy sat just off the early pace set jointly by Southern Tour and odds-on favorite Full Spectrum. Entering the stretch, Cauy loomed on the outside of Southern Tour as Full Spectrum began to give way. At the eighth pole, Cauy and Southern Tour were on even terms and Martin went to work against Southern Tour and E.J. Perrodin. It first appeared as if Cauy was going to ease on by, but Southern Tour dug in gamely and refused to yield. At the wire, it was Cauy by a nose in a final time of :59.39 over the “soft” going.

“Eddie’s ride was great,” Calhoun said. “He was patient and didn’t open her up early. He just sat and waited even though we had to go wide and he had enough for the finish. I was concerned about the soft turf, but it looked like it wasn’t as soft as I thought it might be and she handled it well.”

Cauy, who carried the maximum 123 pounds, paid $14.80 to win as the 6-1 third choice. It was her 12th win from 29 starts, boosting the 5-year-old mare's earnings to $234,500. For Calhoun, it was his third stakes win this season. Owner Carl Moore Management earned his first local stakes win to bring his stable’s record to an impressive nine for 23 (39%) at the meeting.

Cole Norman, who trains Southern Tour, took the tough beat in stride.

“We just got outrun,” Norman said. “This little filly has so much heart. You couldn’t ask for a better filly to train. She ran a game race and she tried to win, we just got nabbed at the wire.”

It was two lengths back to the other Norman trainee My Meow in third. She was a head in front of Full Spectrum, the heavy favorite following her dominant win in the $100,000 Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs.

“If I got the eight-hole I’m going to win it,” jockey Gerard Melancon said. “I would’ve been able to relax her like I wanted to. I got stuck on the inside and what can you do? Try to take back?”

The order of finish was completed by Super Wager, Fleeta Dif, Codes Preshisone and Reece’s Rocket. Peaking Diablo was scratched earlier in the day.

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