Equines shared the spotlight with canines as the extensively cute Wiener dogs (all 150 ofthem) raced and performed between the thoroughbred races throughout the day.
California invader Star’s Woman ($5.20) needed every inch of turf for Juan Gutierrez to get her up in the shadow of the wire and edge out a tough Colinda Dawn by a half-length and win the Scottsdale Handicap with Macho N Awesome third in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies.
Colinda Dawn, an 18-1 longshot, took the lead under front-running pacemaster Dennis Collins and led to the final stride before being caught by Star’s Woman.
Owned by Mark Breen, who’s relocating his stable from southern California to Phoenix, and trained by Dan McFarlane, Star’s Woman raced the one mile over firm going in 1:37.75. The$20,832 in earnings upped the daughter of Elusive Quality’s bankroll to $55,832 off of three wins from a half-dozen efforts.
It was a cavalry charge 30 yards before the wire with Ride Hard Kowboy ($3.80) and Scotts Stevens breaking the log jam and going on to get the neck victory over Jungle Java with Shrewd Move third in the field of ten colts and geldings to win the Temper Handicap.
Trained by Molly Pearson, Ride Hard Kowboy settled in seventh of a ground saving trip before launching between a pack of horses to edge out the determined 14-1 shot Jungle Java with Shrewd Move another head back.
Owned by Turner Shiew and Robert Morgan, Ride Hard Kowboy, covered the one mile over the grass in 1:36.18 to earn his third victory from six starts and earnings of $60,005.