|Janeian Upsets Bedanken in $75,000
Irving Distaff at LSP
(April 17, 2004)- Janeian
returned from a five-month layoff and won Saturday's $75,000 Irving
Distaff at Lone Star Park by four lengths over Cat's Cat in stakes-record
time. Bedanken, the odds-on 2-5 favorite, finished another half-length
back in third.
Janeian, ridden by Eddie Martin Jr., ran 7 ½ furlongs on
firm turf in 1:28.24, 11-hundredths of a second quicker than Arctica
in the 1998 renewal. She stalked pacesetter Southern Surprise before
assuming the lead with a quarter-mile to run. Runner-up Cat's Cat
was no match for the winner, but gamely held off the favorite for
Janeian paid $8.40 to win as the 3-1 second betting choice and
earned $45,000 for her owner Greg England of Dallas.
The 6-year-old mare collected her eighth lifetime victory and
second stakes win. Last fall, she won the $120,000 Indian Maid Breeders'
Cup Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course. Overall, Janeian has earned
$235,294 in 30 starts.
"This is a really, really nice filly," said winning trainer
Bret Calhoun. "We've been targeting this race for quite some
time. She was supposed to be fresh and a little rank, but she probably
relaxed better today than in any of her prior races. If she'll continue
to do this, she may be a top filly."
Bedanken, who jostled with Full Time Dancer at the start, saved
ground in fifth along the rail in the early stages of the race.
When jockey Don Pettinger asked his eight-time stakes winner for
run, Bedanken failed to respond with her usual closing kick.
"[Janeian] kind of got the jump on us and got to move before
we did," said Bedanken's trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. "But
I still would have liked to see her finish down the lane a little
better and at least get second. It looks like she came back good.
Both Janeian and Bedanken are likely to meet again on Memorial
Day in the Grade III, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at one mile on turf,
one of seven stakes races which comprise Lone Star Park's Lone Star
Defending Irving Distaff champ Cherylville Slew, Full Time Dancer,
Southern Surprise, Joyce Ann and Lucky Tunnel completed the order
Martin won three races for the third straight day and topped Lone
Star Park's jockey standings through the first three days of the
63-date Spring Thoroughbred Season. The 40-year-old New Orleans
native had won all five of Lone Star Park's turf races since opening
night: No Place Like It ($6.60) and Breach of Promise ($36.40) on
Thursday, Capazuri ($7.60) on Friday and Stanzaic ($17.80) and Bedanken
"He's in a zone right now," Calhoun said. "He's pretty
unbeatable when he's in a zone."