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Unusual Way Dominates In $100,000 Campanile Stakes
Unusual Way, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, posted an impressive front-running victory in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Making her turf debut, Unusual Way won the one-mile race for California-bred
3-year-old fillies by 2 1/4 lengths over stretch-running Qiaona in 1:36.81. Life Is a Stone finished third.
“She was in control the whole way,” said Baze. “She could have won by more but she was kind of gawking down the lane.”
Unusual Way raced comfortably on the lead in company with 26-1 longshot Adriatic Skye to the far turn. When Adriatic Skye began to weaken, Life Is a Stone moved up as if she would challenge Unusual Way but the favorite quickly darted away entering the stretch.
“When the other filly (Life Is a Stone) came up to her on the far turn, she just moved away from her,” said Baze. “This is a very nice filly. She acclimated herself well to the turf.”
Unusual Way, a very consistent daughter of Unusual Heat, has recorded four wins, three seconds and a third in 10 career starts. The Campanile was her third stakes victory and the $60,000 payday boosted her earnings to $372,110.
Unusual Way is trained by Jeff Bonde and owned in partnership by Phil Lebherz and Edward J. Brown, Jr. How high is Bonde on Unusual Way?
“Look out Del Mar Oaks,” said Bonde.
The Grade 1 $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run Aug. 17 at Del Mar.
Sunday is Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields with the track offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the free summer concert series continues with Azure Moon performing between races on the Trackside Stage.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.