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USA: Torgau flops in California.

Torgau's racing career in North America got off to a disappointing start when she finished last in the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap for three- year-old fillies at Hollywood Park on Saturday, writes Dan Farley.

Formerly trained by Giles Bravery and now handled by Jenine Sahadi, Torgau was slowly into her stride under Chris McCarron and, after stalking the pace, dropped to the rear of the field.

The Grade 2 contest went to Classy Cara, ridden by Igi Puglisi, who got up late to beat Kumari Continent by three-quarters of a length.

Winning trainer Doug O'Neill said: "I've had some good horses but never one as good as Classy Cara."

Postponed caused an upset in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday when defeating market leaders Unshaded and Globalize.

Jockey Edgar Prado took the winner to the rail inside the straight and got to the front inside the furlong marker to outsprint his more-fancied rivals, from whom he was receiving 10lb.

Winning trainer Scotty Schulhofer, who won last year's Belmont Stakes with Lemon Drop Kid, said: "If everything is right we'll consider the Belmont, but he'll have to pick up a lot of weight for that race."

Welcome Surprise, a half-sister to Summer Squall, was a 19-1 winner of the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. The winner, ridden by Francisco Torres and trained by Neil Howard, came late to beat Lady Melesi by a head in the extended mile race.

Peach Flat took the Grade 3 All American Handicap at Golden Gate Fields under Jose Valdivia.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Farley, Dan
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 29, 2000
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