By Mary Rampellini
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--Suances was on cruise
control throughout to win the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup wire to wire at
Lone Star Park on Saturday, a race that served as the first leg of a national
pick three completed by the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeder's Cup Oaks at Hollywood
Park and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.
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In the Dallas Turf Cup, Suances moved to the
lead shortly after the start of the 1 1/8-mile race, and led the field
through an opening six furlongs in 1:12.60. He continued to control the
race through a mile in 1:36.90 before winning by 1 1/2 lengths over a late-running
Our Main Man. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Candid Glen.
Suances covered the 1 1/8 miles over firm
turf in 1:49.09 under David Flores, who never moved on the horse in the
stretch. "I was just guiding him to the wire," said Flores, aboard for
trainer Darrell Vienna. "He was just doing it all himself. This, I think
is a great horse. He looks in the future to be a Breeders' Cup horse."
Flores has won 14 stakes in 31 mounts at Lone Star.
Racing has come easy for Suances, a winner
of seven races in nine career starts, and the 118-pound highweight in Saturday's
nine-horse field. He finished third in his debut in Spain, then reeled
off six straight wins, culminating with a six-length route in the Group
1 Prix Jean Prat in France in June 2000.
Soon afterward, Suances's development hit
a roadblock when he severed a hind leg ligament preparing for the American
Derby at Arlington. He did not return to the races until March 2002 as
a 5-year-old, and finished 10th in the Grade 2 Explosive Bid at Fair Grounds.
Suances came back in his next start to defeat
the Explosive Bid winner, Sarafan, in the San Francisco under regular rider
David Flores. He is owned by Red Baron's Barn and is trained by Darrell
Vienna, who purchased him in Europe a week before the Jean Prat.
"I think he's one of the best turf horses
in the country, if not the best," said Scott Chaney, assistant to Vienna.
"We are extremely confident in his abilities."