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Wildeydsouthernboy, Magnetic Miss Win Prairie State Previews
Homewrecker Racing Stable's Wildeydsouthernboy came from just off the pace to draw clear late for a 2 3/4-length score and justify his role as the odds-on choice in Sunday's $53,600 Zen Stakes at Arlington Park.
The Zen often serves as the preview of the $100,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, to be contested this year on June 20.
Trained by Hugh Robertson and ridden by E. T. Baird, the Illinois-bred gelding paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10, accomplished the seven furlongs in 1:24.44 and increased his career earnings to $150,527 with his sixth victory in nine career starts.
Team Block's Fort Prado got up for the second spot in the Zen, returning $3.80 and $2.80 while a length farther back in third was pacesetting Dakota Rebel, who paid $10 after setting early fractions of 23.79 and 47.69 before weakening in the final furlong.
Earlier in the afternoon, Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich's Magnetic Miss made the pace and withstood a late challenge from John Carman's Ripe Tomato to win the $53,100 Your Ladyship Stakes for the second straight year.
The winner, ridden by Perry Compton and trained by Spanky Broussard, paid $7.40, $4.40 and $3.20 and toured the seven furlongs in 1:24.52 after early splits of 22.90 and 46.34. She increased her career earnings to $406,492 with her eighth victory from 31 lifetime starts.
Ripe Tomato finished second by a neck in the Your Ladyship, paying $6.40 and $3.80, while 1 1/4-lengths farther back was Secret Kin, who returned $2.80.
Following the Your Ladyship, the owners indicated Magnetic Miss would be pointed for her second straight win in the $100,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap on June 20.