Casablanca Smile would have favored the installation easier to Keeneland for $ 125,000 Rood and Riddle widow Stakes, kicking him off the front-running seven-length romp, as a firm turf course Oct. 24 (VIDEO).
A 4-year Chilean champion bred daughter of Ocean Terrace, she recorded her first win in four North American starts as a 7-5 choice. Javier Castellano was aboard for trainer Shug McGaughey and owner Leo Liaskos Green Hills Farm.
Smile came to Casablanca for the second, the widow 1-1/2-mile as Speakeasy Gal, gate-to-wire winner of the Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) over the same distance in the spring of this year, Gulfstream Park, led the opening quarter-mile. Smile de Casablanca easily overtook the external Gal Speakeasy after the super-soft: 27.65 opening quarter-mile. Toting top weight of 125 pounds, he dictated to slow gradually from that six-horse field the way around the track in a file. I went six furlongs in 1:18.91 and the mile in 1:45:15.
The quarter-mile runs, Speakeasy Gal, Elvis Trujillo rode, trying to catch the leader, but the Casablanca Smile Castellano replied when asked by the final turn to advantage so the upper section. If you are tired Casablanca Smile opened Speakeasy Gal 3 1 / 2 length of mid-stretch and flew home under the easy control in a time of 2:33.70, almost five seconds off the course mark.