The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, the track’s premier sprint stakes and won by Chief Cicatriz last year, will be run Feb. 10 at six furlongs.
The Hank Mills
Returning from a nine-month layoff Chief Cicatriz ($5.40) left no doubt as to his fitness and his ambition to repeat-win in February’s Gold Cup. Chief Cicatriz seized the lead under Andrew Ramgeet while dueling with Shrewd Move. The two matched strides until the quarter pole when Chief Cicatriz then pulled away to 3 ½ length victory. Shrewd Move held second, a length in front of Redneck Humor in the field of eight older horses.
Owned by Roy Gene Evans and trained by Shawn Davis, Chief Cicatriz, a 3-year-old son of Munnings, covered the 5 ½ furlongs in a snappy 1:01.69. The track record is 1:01.20. The $18,042 winner’s share raised Chief Cicatriz’s earnings to $165,686 from six wins in eight career starts.
The $25,000 Sun Devil Sprint
The Robert Garvey owned, Robertino Diodoro-trained Fight to Glory ($2.80) was racing against the clock as she swept to a 6 ½ length victory over Erratic Storm with Little Dume third in the field of seven fillies and mares.
Ridden by Daniel Vergara, Fight to Glory covered the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.94 for her fifth win in 11 starts and $91,297 in earnings.
The $25,000 Startac Stakes
There was Primo Touch in his own zone and then there was the rest of the field.
Trained by Dan McFarlane and owned by Dino Balas, Primo Touch ($3.40) cruised to a 12 ½ length victory with Glenn Corbett aboard. Bocephus was second and Oh Brother Jack third in the field of six 3-year-olds.
Primo Touch, a son of Midas Touch, covered the 7 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:30.53 for his third win in 10 attempts and $48,427 in earnings.