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Antares World Defeats Lady Railrider As Specht Trainees Run One-Two At GGF
Antares World, a two-time stakes winner who was coming off a pair of competitive efforts in Grade 1 stakes in Southern California, and Lady Railrider, a 5-year-old mare who owns five stakes victories, were coupled in the wagering. The heavily favored entry went off at odds of 3-to-5 and paid $3.40, $3.60 and $2.10 across the board. Ultra Blend finished third. Antares World, ridden by Frank Alvarado, took the lead from pacesetter Dianne Do in midstretch and then held off Lady Railrider to earn her sixth victory in 13 career starts. Antares World was timed in 1:45.23 and earned $25,740, a payday that boosted her earnings to $273,458. Antares World, a daughter of Decarchy, and Lady Railrider, a daughter of Ride the Rails, were both bred in California by their owners, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. Antares World is scheduled to make her next start in the Grade 3 $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap at Hollywood Park on Oct. 17, while Lady Railrider is expected to try to defend her title in the $100,000 California Cup Matron at Hollywood on Oct. 30. Dianne Do, ridden by Juan Hernandez, ducked into the inside rail after being passed by Antares World in the stretch and fell. Hernandez came out of the accident with a bruised left heel while Dianne Do appeared to have escaped the incident without any serious injuries. Kapo Di Tutti, who won a Group 1 stakes in his native Brazil last year, will make his U.S. debut Friday at Golden Gate Fields in the third race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up. Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella is conditioning Kapo Di Tutti, a 5-year-old horse who won eight of his 17 starts in his homeland, including three stakes. Kapo Di Tutti is scheduled to face four opponents Friday, including Autism Awareness, a 5-year-old horse who possesses two Grade 3 stakes wins, and Moudez, a 6-year-old ridgling with two stakes triumphs. Autism Awareness is known for pulling off huge upsets as he paid $162 to win when he captured the El Camino Real Derby in 2008 and $62.80 when he won the Berkeley Stakes in 2009. Post time for Friday’s eight-race program is 12:45 p.m.