A slim win for Nobiz Like Shobiz

The colt stayed perfect on turf by out-nosing long shot Twilight Meteor in Delaware.

Posted: September 02, 2007

STANTON, Del. - Many people predicted that Nobiz Like Shobiz would lead the 3-year-old division on the main track this season.

But after the huge colt disappointed in the Kentucky Derby and failed to progress on dirt, trainer Barclay Tagg introduced him to the turf.

Nobiz Like Shobiz remained perfect on turf when he captured yesterday's $500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (Grade III) at Delaware Park by the slimmest of noses.

Twilight Meteor, a rare 13-1 long shot from the Todd Pletcher barn, finished second, with Strike a Deal third in an excellent field going 11/8 miles over the turf.

The winner was clocked in 1 minute, 493/5 seconds over a firm course. Javier Castellano, who was aboard Nobiz Like Shobiz for the first time for owner Elizabeth Valando, paid $4.20 as the favorite.

Tagg said he plans to race Nobiz Like Shobiz, a son of Albert the Great, in the Jamaica Breeders' Cup Handicap (Grade II) at Belmont Park on Oct. 6, but indicated he would likely pass on the Breeders' Cup Turf at Monmouth on Oct. 27.

Earlier on the card, Lemon Drop Mom, trained by Tim Ritchey and ridden by Jose Caraballo, won the $100,000 Go for Wand Stakes, paying $6.40 as the favorite.

Woodward Stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lawyer Ron pulled away in the stretch and won the $500,000 Woodward Stakes by 81/4 lengths at Saratoga Race Course, moving to the top of the handicap division.

Lawyer Ron paid $3.50, $2.60 and $2.10, while Sun King was second and returned $7.70 and $4.70. Diamond Stripes paid $3.50 to show.

Earlier, Midnight Lute took the lead going into the final turn and captured the $250,000 Forego Stakes. The 4-year-old son of Real Quiet won the seven-furlong event in 1:21.06.

Red Bank Stakes

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Favored Icy Atlantic rallied in the stretch to post a neck-length victory over Touched by Madness in the $150,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Pletcher and ridden by Joe Bravo, Icy Atlantic covered the mile over firm turf in 1:32.42 to establish a record.


Contact staff writer Craig Donnelly at 215-854-2839 or cdonnelly@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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