Miss Machiavelli Triumphs In Pike Place Dancer Stakes

Miss Machiavelli Triumphs In Pike Place Dancer Stakes

She spotted her rivals a head start and raced greenly in the stretch but even-money favorite Miss Machiavelli still got the job done in the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     Ridden by Dennis Carr, Miss Machiavelli rallied from last in a field of six to win the one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies by a half-length over game 11-1 shot Alasharchy in 1:39.42.  Pleasant Miss finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Alasharchy.
 
     “She broke in a little bit at the start, so we kind of spotted them a little more than I would have liked, but it gave me a chance to get to know her,” said Carr.  “She never got rank on me and was really relaxed.  We got an inside trip and it opened up when we needed it to open.  
 
     “Something caught her eye and she ducked out on me (at the top of the stretch), but once she got back running I thought we had plenty of time to get them,” continued Carr.  “She’s not the biggest thing but she’s got a lot of fight in her.”
 
     Alasharchy, who was making her first start in two months and trying two turns and turf for the first time, also showed plenty of fight under jockey Frank Alvarado.
 
     “If this filly had one race before this race, she wins for fun,” said Alvarado.  “She ran really good for me.  I kept trying to wait (before asking her) because it was her first time going a mile.  The last sixteenth she got a little tired.  It’s hard to get beat like that, but it’s part of the game.”
 
     Miss Machiavelli, who had a bit of a rough trip while running fifth in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita in her previous race, paid $4.00 after collecting her second win in four career starts.  Trained by Keith Desormeaux and owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Miss Machiavelli earned $60,000 for the victory in the Pike Place Dancer.  
 
     Miss Machiavelli was bred in Kentucky and is a bay daughter of Artie Schiller.  Purchased as a yearling for $20,000, Miss Machiavelli has earned $108,500.  
 
     Golden Gate Fields is hosting a Halloween party for families Sunday that will feature a pumpkin patch and many free activities for kids.  Children are admitted free to the track and adults get in for just a buck since Sunday is Dollar Day.  Post time for the nine-race program is 12:45 p.m. and general parking, hot dogs, beers, and sodas are also just $1.