Crazy Moon was declared the winner yesterday in the $75,000-added Laurel Turf Cup after American Artist finished first but was disqualified for fouling Shadowfax and placed third. Crazy Moon, the original second-place finisher, was moved up and Shadowfax, the original third-place finisher, placed second.
Jockey Paul Nicol allowed American Artist to lag early in the 1 1/4-mile race. But the 4-year-old caught the leaders with a quarter-mile to go and was head to head with Shadowfax and Crazy Moon in the run to the wire. With less than 70 yards to run, American Artist began to bear in from the outside. Several yards from the wire, American Artist swerved in and impeded Shadowfax, who had to be severely restrained by jockey Martin Ramirez.
Ramirez claimed foul. After deliberting 17 minutes, the stewards ruled American Artist, a 12-to-1 chance, had fouled.
Crazy Moon, ridden by Kelly Castenada in 2:04 over a fast track, returned $25.20 to win and topped an 11-3 exacta worth $2,159. The $71,415 put Crazy Moon's career earnings over $250,000.
The crowd of 10,758 wagered $1,491,578, slightly less than the figures recorded the same Saturday last year. First Lady:
Hall of Famer Billy Haughton drove Caressable to victory in the $125,775 event at Rosecroft in 2:00. H H Silk took second and Sales Girl third.
Caressable took command by the three-eighths pole and withstood charges by Laney B at the half and H H Silk in the stretch to win by a neck.
Although Caressable is the leading money-winning 2-year-old filly of all time ($895,527), she was the second betting choice behind Musical Hanover, who finished fifth. Discovery Handicap:
Darby Dan Farm's Proud Truth, ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won a stretch duel with Important Business by a neck in the $86,250 race for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Proud Truth, scheduled to run in next Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic, ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 1/5 to earn $51,750.