Street Girl prevailed in a stretch duel and beatE B Ryder by a nose on Saturday in the $100,000 Calder Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.
Street Girl, ridden by Edgar Zayas, took a brief lead coming out the final turn at Calder Casino & Race Course. But E B Ryder, ridden by Hugo Sanchez, soon gained the lead near the rail and was in front of Street Girl by a half-length about 200 yards from the finish.
Street Girl then began closing ground and won in a photo finish.
Faerie Queene finished a distant third, 6 1/4 lengths behind Street Girl.
“My filly started to relax a bit after she took the lead,” said Manny Azpurua, who trains Street Girl. “She started running again when she saw the other horse pass her.”
Street Girl won in 1:46.90, a good time considering the track conditions. The 1 1/16-mile stakes was run on the dirt track that was listed as sloppy. It was scheduled for turf, but Calder moved it to dirt following rain Saturday morning.
Three of the nine entrants scratched, including Summer of Fun, who undoubtedly would have been favored on the turf.
Street Girl was the even-money favorite with E B Ryder, trained by Marty Wolfson, the second betting choice at 3-1.
The victory was the first in a stakes race for Street Girl and her second win in eight starts. She also has two second-place finishes.
Her other win, also at 1 1/16 miles on dirt, was at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 27 in a race that also was rained off the turf.
Azpurua said he will consider races on turf and dirt for Street Girl, a daughter of Street Hero.
During the next several months, it is likely that Calder will schedule dirt or turf stakes of one mile or longer for 3-year-old fillies. Based on her recent races, she will likely be a favorite on dirt.
Calder’s next stakes races will be April 20. The $100,000 Miami Mile (Grade 3) will be on turf for 3-year-olds and up, while the $55,000 Musical Romance will be 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.