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Filly smokes rivals to win U.S. Bank Stakes


April 25, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA, April 23 - Devons Smokin came from off the pace to win the $40,000 U.S. Bank Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday, April 23, kicking off the 10th anniversary season. The 3-year-old filly, which had been running in California, gave jockey Julio Felix his first stakes victory at the Auburn oval and his third victory during opening weekend.

The daughter of Devon Lane, out of Smoked Glass, broke from the 10th post position and moved within striking distance in the backstretch chasing fractions of :22 3/5 seconds and :46 set by leader Forty Colors.

"She broke a step slow, but it didn't matter," Felix said. "I wanted her off the pace and when I asked her she went on easily."

At the head of the stretch she moved into the clear and ran down Forty Colors to win by one and 1/2 lengths at the wire, stopping the clock at 1:10 1/5. "(Devons Smokin's) best race was right off the pace," trainer Manuel Calvario said. "At the eighth pole I was confident. She did perfect."

Trainer Manuel Calvario is no stranger to winning Stakes at Emerald. Last season Calvario won the $40,000 Captain Condo Stakes on September 17 with Fast Parade.

Devons Smokin improved her record to 3-3-1 from 10 lifetime starts with $147,220 in earnings, including $22,000 for the stakes victory. The filly paid $7.20, $4.60 and $4.60 for the win. Chestnut Lady returned $$4 and $3 for second and Wild R.N. $3.60 for third.