FAIRPLEX STORY: FAIRPLEX LEADERS PEDROZA, STUTE COMBINE TO WIN PIO PICO STAKES
For Immediate Release
POMONA, Calif., Sept. 20--Trainer Mel Stute and jockey Martin Pedroza, career
leaders in victories at Fairplex Park, joined forces to win the 21st running
of the $50,000-guaranteed Pio Pico Stakes on Friday with Warren's Whistle,
who won the race for the second consecutive year.
It was the 170th career win for Stute and his 42nd stakes triumph at the Los
Angeles County Fair, both records. For Pedroza, it marked career win No. 334,
also tops at the Pomona track.
Warren's Whistle, a 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Wolf Power,
rallied from eighth and last going into the first turn in the 6 1/2 furlong
race. Pedroza saved ground down the backstretch and again turning for home to
win by three-quarters of a length under 122 pounds in 1:16.86.
Always the Lady, a 23-1 shot ridden by Matt Garcia, set the pace and led into
the stretch by 1 1/2 lengths but could withstand the late charge of Warren's
Whistle, who was winning a stakes race at Fairplex for the third consecutive
year. She has a 7-3-9 mark from 39 career starts and earned $27,500 with the
victory, increasing her total to $585,058.
"She's won the last three years here," Stute said. "Martin rides this track
so well. With another rider, it might have been different, you never know.
But she ran good."
Cinnful Bride finished third, a length behind Always the Lady. Harvest Girl,
Song of Summer, Proud Tammie, Miss Santa Ana and Filigree completed the order
of finish in the field of Cal-bred fillies, 3-year-old and up.
Ionia is the 6-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's 13th running of the
$100,000-estimated Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at 6 1/2
furlongs. The field in post position order: Spinning at Dawn, Luis Jauregui,
113, 15-1; Last Kiss, Tyler Baze, 113, 7-2; Four Tens at Once, 113, Isaias
Enriquez, 15-1; Sky's Snow, Matt Garcia, 115, 4-1; Ionia, Goncalino Almeida,
115, 6-5; Leniently, Martin Pedroza, 113, 8-1; King of the Cats, Danny
Sorenson, 113, 12-1; A Reel Tizzy, Iggy Puglisi, 113, 15-1; Midterm Habit,
Felipe Martinez, 113, 30-1; and Lucky Turk, Tony Noguez, 113, 30-1. Spinning
at Dawn and Four Tens at Once are coupled as a David J. Lanzman Racing
Stable, Inc. entry.
First post time daily is 12:30 p.m.