|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
“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.