MIAMI — Plate Queen beat Born Famous by three-quarters of a length Sunday to win the $46,450 Miss Tropical Handicap at Calder Race Course. Sez Fourty was third in a field of 12.
Plate Queen, ridden by Jose Velez Jr., was timed in 1:17 3/5 over 6 1/2 furlongs and paid $12.20, $5.40 and $3.40. Born Famous paid $4.20 and $3, and Sez Fourty $3.40.
Sez Fourty broke on top and went head and head with Search For Tammy down the backstretch. Born Famous was fifth and Plate Queen sixth, both well off the pace.
At the top of the stretch, Born Famous rallied into third on the rail as Plate Queen gained ground on the outside.
Plate Queen led by half a length at the sixteenth pole.
Plate Queen, a Canadian-bred 4-year-old by Pilgrim, has won four of 10 starts and $145,232 this year.
— Sunday was the first day Hialeah was without a stakes race under its new purse structure.
The 2-1 favorite, Magoony, won the feature, the $5,800 Neil Rogers Camillus House Classic, by a half-length over Vatza Nice.
— Morning-line favorite Tyler’s Best came from fifth in the final eighth of a mile and capture the $195,475 Matron Stake 3-Year-Old Open Pace Saturday night at Pompano Harness Track.
In the richest event of the eight-race series, the race also drew the largest field, 11 horses.
Driver-trainer Jeff Fout put Tyler’s Best within five lengths at the top of the stretch.
Tyler’s Best hit the finish line in 1:54 3/5, while long shot Dramatic Style was a half length back, with Napatross and Kymary Hanover also within a length.
Sun Sentinel Neil Rogers, Camillus House, Hialeah