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Desert Classic Derby
Turf Paradise Phoenix, Arizona
November 2, 2014
350 Yards :17.99
Ralph & Carolyn Fales, Owner
Matthew M. Fales, Trainer
Martin Bourdieu, Jockey
Heza Royal Scooter (2nd)
Gone Already (3rd)
$5.40 $2.80 $2.80
Order of Finish - 3, 5, 9, 8
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The 2-year-old picture got scrambled Sunday at Turf Paradise as longshots, including a first-time starter, won split divisions of the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes.
First-timer Flying Fiona at 30-1, with Dennis Collins up, came from off the pace to win the $53,555 fillies’ division. Worthy Grapes held second and another longshot, Libby, finished third in the field of 11 juveniles.
Owned and trained by Kim Oliver, Flying Fiona ($65.20), a daughter of Quasimodo, covered the 6-furlongs in 1:12.33.
If that wasn’t enough shock, one race later, 45-1 shot Best Asset, who was winning his first race, also rallied from far back, to overtake 1-2 favorite Highway Boss in deep stretch. Naomi’s Gift finished third in the field of 11 to win the $56.543 colts and geldings division. Ridden by Ronald Richard for trainer Dan McFarlane and owner Peggy Hopwood, Best Asset ($101.40), a son of Never Shamed, covered the 6-fulongs in 1:10.92.
Both Flying Fiona and Best Asset are California breds.
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It’s Thanksgiving weekend. The turkey leftovers are in the fridge. You have a house full of relatives. The kids are bored. The malls are jammed. And you ate so much that trekking through shopping centers is as daunting as climbing Kilimanjaro. Turf Paradise is here to help.
A trip to the Phoenix racetrack has become a holiday tradition. Turf has three days of exciting and inexpensive fun where you can watch and wager on live horseracing.
Nothing like pitching a perfect game. Or, in the case of trainer Robertino Diodoro, a perfect day at the races.
Diodoro, the meets current leading trainer, raced five horses and won all five races on Friday’s eight-race card.
The Diodoro win machine started in the second race with Woodlandsway ($5.00). Then Diodoro swept races four thru seven with Relatively Correct ($6.40), Boss Kitten ($9.20), Brenda’s Bar ($4.00) and Marcias ($3.20) respectively.
Aspiring 2-year-olds, looking for their first black type victor, will be lining up in Sunday’s split divisions of the ATBA Fall Sales Stakes.Eleven entrants will go forward in each division, at 6-furlongs.
In the $53,555 fillies’ division the Kevin Eikleberry-trained Iknowsheknowsiknow will attract attention following her third place finish in Canterbury Park’s Criss Native stakes.
Others to check out in the post parade are the Dan McFarlane-trained Tactical Rocket and the Molly Pearson-trained Libby.
Tactical Rocket who’s been in the money in all four of her efforts, recently broke her maiden July 19.
Libby, a maiden still, has been facing tougher company in southern California.
In the $56,543 colts and geldings division Highway Boss is only one of two of the 11 entrants that has broken his maiden. Trained by Molly Pearson, the probable prohibitive post time favorite, Highway Boss, followed his maiden victory at Santa Anita by winning a restricted stakes at Turfway Park before finishing fourth in Del Mar’s Best Pal Stakes (G2).
To Note: Eikleberry, McFarlane and Pearson have won one or the other of theses stakes a combined total of six times.