Meryl J. Squires-Cannon’s first career stakes win as an owner came Saturday afternoon in the $100,000-added Isaac Murphy
Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse when
Fire Tricks was elevated to first after Ragnar Korthase’s Frabster was
from first to third for interference with William Stiritz’s Scarlet
Power. Racing at the tail of the field most of the race, the daughter
of Hat Trick made a menacing effort while six-wide in the stretch and
crossed the wire a half-length astern Frabster.
to the inside, Frabster – after establishing a lead in upper stretch
under Tim Thornton – ducked inwards under right-handed pressure and
crossed into the
path of Scarlet Power, under Israel Ocampo. Frabster went on to cross
the wire first, while Scarlet Power steadied twice en route to a
third-place finish, necessitating a disqualification for impediment.
Frabster was demoted to third by the stewards and Scarlet
Power elevated to second.
had a perfect trip until the last sixteenth-pole,” said Ocampo. “When I
hit the quarter pole, she was full of run and finishing pretty good,
but unfortunately I
had to check pretty hard. Otherwise, I probably would have got the job
done.” Thornton, on the other hand, declined commentary stating “I have
nothing to say.”
six-furlong distance was timed in 1:11.58 over the Arlington Polytrack,
with fractions of :22.98 and :46.57 set by defending champion Kip
Berries, while receiving
pressure from Algonquin Posse, Frabster and Stormin Elle. Sent off at
19-1, Fire Tricks returned $39.80, $17.20 and $9 as the third-longest
shot of the 10 fillies and mares, earning $49,134 to boost her career
bankroll to $288,020. The Isaac Murphy was the
5-year-old granddaughter of Sunday Silence’s first stakes win for trainer Sharon Wilson.
filly ran hard. She was the only one to come from behind,” said
winning jockey Eduardo Perez. “I took my time and tried to save as much
ground as I could. Then
I took her outside and she made a big run. We got lucky today.”
Catalano-trained beaten favorite Stormin Elle retreated to fifth under
E. T. Baird. “It was an alright trip. I wound up sitting in a good
was sitting right inside of me. When she pushed the button, I pushed
mine and she left me behind. (Stormin Elle) ran a good race and didn’t
get beaten far at all. We’ll come back another day.”
Power returned $6.20 and $4.40, while Frabster paid $5.40 to show.
Dolly Peach, Stormin Elle, Algonquin Posse, Royal Posh, Beeway, Smiling
Gambler and Kip
Berries rounded out the field.