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Sep 27
Anyone who has not been paying attention to the phenomenal recent success of Gone Astray's runners missed out on a major opportunity to cash in yesterday at Presque Isle Downs. Despite being saddled with the difficult No. 12 post racing 5 1/2 furlongs, Heart Astray annihilated her competition in her career debut, scoring by nearly four lengths. The prices were eye-opening - $103.20, $32.20 and $17.20. Erin Walker took the 2-year-old filly away quickly and Heart Astray stalked the leaders on the outside down the backstretch. When Walker urged her on the turn, the filly cruised into the lead, then drew off with ease down the lane. Heart Astray earned $16,200 for the effort as she became her sire's 35th winner of 2016 and eighth 2-year-old winner. Gone Astray's juveniles have earned $750,811 this year, best of any stallion currently standing in Florida, while his overall progeny earnings have surpassed $1.6 million . . . The day before, Scotland Bay recorded her fifth victory of the year as the 9/5 favorite racing 5 1/2 furlongs at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old filly bred by former NFL defensive back Freddie Hyatt rallied from third place down the backstretch, went three wide on the turn, and wore down the leaders to prevail by one-half length in 1:04.99. Scotland Bay is 5-3-1 in 14 starts with earnings of $82,659 . . . Flashstorm joined the act at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico when Flashstorm Lady won at six furlongs under Hector Berrios. After two straight seconds, the 3-year-old filly powered down the lane to score by 1 1/2 lengths and raise her record to 4-5-3 in 20 starts.