SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - My Miss Aurelia won the $100,000 Mandy's Gold Stakes for fillies and mares Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course in the 2011 2-year-old filly champion's injury-delayed return to competition.
She was making her first start since taking the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs and was last from the starting gate, trailing four opponents into the stretch turn before rider Julien Leparoux asked her to give chase.
She finished three lengths clear of Delightful Quality. The Steve Asmussen-trained filly ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.90. A 1-4 favorite, she earned $60,000 for owner Stonestreet Stable and paid $2.50, $2.10 and $2.10. Delightful Quality paid $3 and $2.40, and Well Kept, third of 5, returned $3 to show.
Earlier, Sportswriter rallied to win the $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes Cab Calloway Division for 3-year-olds by a neck. Javier Castellano rode Sportswriter for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. The winner ran six furlongs in 1:10.75 and earned $60,000 for owner Acqua Nova Stable. He paid $12.80, $3.60 and $2.80. King Kreesa returned $2.40 and $2.10. Sleepy Freud, third of 6, paid $4.70 to show.
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