Saturday, November 4, 2017

Desert Duchess Wins Cellars Shiraz

Desert Duchess won Saturday's $75,000 Cellars Shiraz Stakes, giving trainer  Mike Maker and jockey Jose Batista a sweep of the day's two stakes at the Gulfstream Park West meet.

Makrr  and Batista also combined with Fast and Accurate to win the $75,000 Showing Up Stakes at one  mile  on turf for 3-year-old males.

Jordan Wycoff owns Desert  Duchess, while Kendall Hansen owns Fast and Accurate.

Desert Duchess won the Cellars Shiraz in 1:37.57 on the course  listed  as firm.

At 4-1. she took the lead coming out of the final turn and went on to beat Spanish Harlem by five lengths. Ellery Lane rallied to  finish third in the 11-horse field.

The win was the fifth in 14 career starts for Desert  Duchess.  The Cellars Shiraz was the stakes debit for Desert  Duchess, a daughter of Hard Spun.

The $1 exacta paid $64.90.  The 50 cent trifecta paid  $203.95.

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