Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: March 17 to 19

Tainted Angel Overcomes a Rough Trip to Win in Open Company Sunday

By Bill Heller

Overcoming a brutal trip under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Lianna Stables’ New York-bred Tainted Angel rallied from 10th in mid-stretch to win a six-furlong $58,000 starter allowance/optional $50,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of 11, Tainted Angel won in a final time of 1:14.32 on a track rated “good.”

Special Risk, a 17-1 shot piloted by J.D. Acosta, edged Clairvoyant Lady and Angel Arroyo by a head for third. Banty’s Girl, sent off at odds of 5-1 from the rail under Kendrick Carmouche, reported home fourth, another three-quarters of a length back.

Marshall Gramm and Joseph Klausa bred Tainted Angel, a daughter of Yes It’s True out of Sugar Slash by Smoke Glacken who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Tainted Angel was a solid third in her previous start in the same class at 2-1 odds on February 17th under Dylan Davis.

Ortiz had Tainted Angel in sixth early, but she was forced to check hard and dropped back to last, far off the pace set by Shesmyheartandsoul and Emmanuel Esquivel. New York-bred It’s Cold Out, who went off at 32-1 odds under Cornelio Velasquez, pressed the pace just a head off the leader through a half-mile in :48.49. When both pacesetters tired, Clairvoyant Lady took the front and Special Risk charged into second. Then Tainted Angel unleashed a rocket rally on the far outside to blow past both Clairvoyant Lady and Special Risk.

Tainted Angel is now three-for-nine with three seconds, two thirds and earnings of more than $175,000.

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Gregory Goldman’s four-year-old filly Play Me a Memory wore down front-running E Warfare then held off fast-finishing Bee Noteworthy by a neck to win a $59,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer under C.C. Lopez Sunday at Aqueduct. She completed the six-furlong distance in 1:13.27. Play Me a Memory was sent off at odds of 8-5, E Warfare went off at 9-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., and Bee Noteworthy was the even-money favorite under Rajiv Maragh in the field of five.

The gray Midnight Champagne, sent off at 5-1 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., weakened late to finish third, a length behind Bee Noteworthy. There was a 3 ¾-length gap back to E Warfare in fourth.

Ramon Martin trains Play Me a Memory, a daughter of D’ Funnybone out of Ducky Firefly by Watch the Bird who was co-bred by the D’ Funnybone Syndicate. Play Me a Memory was dropping off a tiring sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Broadway Stakes on February 18th.

Breaking out of the two and three posts, respectively, E Warfare and Play Me a Memory got away 1-2. E Warfare led Play Me a Memory by a head to a neck through a :23.65 first quarter and a half-mile in :47.60. Bee Noteworthy was last.

Play Me a Memory put away E Warfare and opened a two-length lead at the sixteenth pole while Bee Noteworthy was charging home on the outside, in second and gaining rapidly. Lopez, though, had the finish line measured and Play Me a Memory held on.

Play Me a Memory improved her record to three-for-seven with two seconds, one third and earnings of more than $135,000.

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Loudmouth Racing’s four-year-old colt Taoiseach made his first start off the claim a winning one Sunday, surging past No Texting in deep stretch to win a mile-and-70-yard $47,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer by three-quarters of a length under Dylan Davis in a final time of 1:44.28. Taoiseach was sent off at odds of 2-1 and No Texting, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up, went off at 5-2 odds in the field of six.

Damage Control, sent off at 3-1 odds under Angel Arroyo, nosed 10-1 Groupthink and seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr. for third, 4 ½ lengths behind No Texting.

Niall Brennan bred Taoiseach, a son of Dublin out of Sister Marette by Cuvee who is now trained by Raymond Handal. Loudmouth Racing claimed Taoiseach for $25,000 on February 3rd, when he finished second by a length and a quarter under Davis at 9-5 odds. Davis maintained the mount for the new connections and delivered a perfectly timed ride.

Davis let Taoiseach settle in far off the pace set by Damage Control, who took the field through a quarter in :24.35, a half-mile in :48.64 and three-quarters in 1:13.81. Then No Texting, who had been second the entire way, took over, opening a two-length lead on Taoiseach, who had rallied into second and continued to close. No Texting dug in, but Taoiseach got to him late to win.

Taoiseach improved his dirt record to four-for-20 with five seconds, five thirds and earnings of more than $240,000.

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Ben Mondello’s new claim, the five-year-old New York-bred mare Lakeside Sunset, outsprinted New York-bred Head Shrinker to the early lead Sunday and posted a 3 ¾-length victory under Rosario Montanez in a $35,000 conditional $25,000 claimer, covering the six-furlong distance in 1:12.84. Lakeside Sunset, who was shedding blinkers, was the 6-5 favorite in the field of six and gave Montanez his second victory from Sunday’s first three races. Head Shrinker was sent off at odds of 5-1 under seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr.

Miss Meteor, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-2 odds under Dylan Davis, rallied to finish second, 3 ½ lengths clear of 3-1 Morethanjusthello and Irad Ortiz, Jr. Head Shrinker was a distant fourth.

Carol Kaye, James Boyce and Jeanne Baker bred Lakeside Sunset, who was claimed for $25,000 in her previous start on February 2nd, when she finished a badly tiring sixth with blinkers added at 10-1 odds in open company under Mike Luzzi. Trainer John Terranova freshened his new filly, took off the blinkers and changed jockeys.

Taking full advantage of the rail, Montanez sent Lakeside Sunset hard from the break and she took a one-length lead after a first quarter in :23.64. Lakeside Sunset edged away to a length-and-a-half lead by running a half-mile in :46.86. She continued to increase her lead through the stretch, and won impressively.

Lakeside Sunset is now three-for-14 on dirt with two seconds and five thirds. She also has a pair of thirds from five turf tries, for total earnings of more than $180,000.

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In Sunday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer, Sean Shay’s idle three-year-old gray colt Terry O Geri rallied to the lead in early stretch under Antonio Gallardo and went on to a one-length victory. Sent off at 11-1 odds in the field of nine, Terry O Geri won in a final time of 1:13.79.

Casigordo, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Rajiv Maragh, finished second, a length and a half ahead of 7-1 first-time starter The Brown Bomber and Manny Franco. We Were Kings, who went off at 9-2 odds from the rail under Mike Luzzi, finished fourth, three-quarters of a length behind The Brown Bomber.

Sequel Thoroughbreds and JMJ Racing Stable bred Terry O Geri, a daughter of Freud out of Throbbin’ Heart by Smoke Glacken who sold for $50,000 as a two-year-old in April 2016. Trained by Gary Contessa, Terry O Geri was making just her second career start after finishing 10th in a maiden special weight at Saratoga last July.

Terry O Geri got away third as 59-1 firster DJ Advantage and J.D. Acosta disputed the lead with 3-1 Hopper Dropper and Angel Arroyo. Despite hopping a shadow on the backstretch, Hopper Dropper took a narrow lead on the outside of DJ Advantage. When Hopper Dropper came out of the far turn wide and DJ Advantage tired, Terry O Geri took the front. Casigordo finished fast, but Terry O Geri held her off.

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Trainer Rick Schosberg put blinkers back on Nutzforboltz, the gelding he owns with Clear Stars Stable, and Nutzforboltz delivered a stunning upset in Sunday’s opener, a mile-and-70-yard $31,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer for three-year-olds. Still sixth in mid-stretch, Nutzforboltz came flying on the outside under Rosario Montanez to win by three-quarters of a length at odds of 60-1.

Mo Focused, the 2-1 second choice ridden by Manny Franco, finished a clear second, 6 ¼ lengths ahead of Save the Tigers, who was also adding blinkers and went off at 7-1 odds under Pablo Fragoso. Cournoyer, the 6-5 favorite on the rail in the field of seven ridden by Mike Luzzi, was another half-length back in fourth.

Jeffry Morris bred Nutzforboltz, a son of Pioneerof the Nile out of Moneybru by Talk Is Money who sold for $80,000 as a two-year-old in May 2016. After four poor performances with blinkers on, Schosberg removed them in Nutzforboltz’s previous race on March 10th, and he finished an extremely distant sixth at 20-1 odds. So Schosberg put the blinkers back on Sunday.

Nutzforboltz was last early as Flux Capacitor, sent off at odds of 9-2 under J.D. Acosta, set the pace under heavy pressure from 7-1 Right Ben and seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr. Mo Focused was a close three-wide third as Flux Capacitor set splits of :23.66, :48.41 and 1:14.26. Then Mo Focused swept to the lead three-wide and opened a three-length lead in mid-stretch. He looked home free until Nutzforboltz arrived full of run on the outside. Nutzforboltz surged past Mo Focused in the final 200 yards.

 

T Loves a Fight Lights Up the Toteboard at 27-1 Saturday

Hoffman Thoroughbreds’ homebred three-year-old New York-bred gelding T Loves a Fight, who’d been freshened off a nose victory in a state-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on January 26th, stunned six rivals Saturday at Aqueduct. He won a six-furlong $58,000 starter allowance/optional $50,000 claimer by 4 ¾ lengths under Kendrick Carmouche at 27-1 odds. No other horse in the field of seven was higher than 7-1.

Front-running Cinderela El Crome, sent off at odds of 6-1 under seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., held on for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 7-1 New York-bred gray Ethan Hunt and Cornelio Velasquez. Another New York-bred, Mission Leader, who went off at 5-1 odds from the rail with Rajiv Maragh up, finished fourth, a half-length behind Ethan Hunt.

Mike Hushion trains T Loves a Fight, a son of Girolamo out of Worth Fighting For by Broken Vow who showed just two works for his first start in more than seven weeks.

Carmouche got T Loves a Fight away third as Cinderela El Crome set the pace, pressed hard by 4-1 New York-bred Italian Syndicate and Junior Alvarado through a half-mile in :46.26. Then T Loves a Fight pounced on the dueling pacesetters and opened a gaping lead in mid-stretch, one he maintained to the wire, winning in a sharp final time of 1:10.75 on a “good” track.

T Loves a Fight is now two-for-six on dirt with two seconds and earnings of more than $80,000.

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Racing like an old pro instead of a first-time starter, KEM Stables’ Satin Sheets stalked front-running Downtown At Noon then took over in deep stretch when asked by Kendrick Carmouche to win a $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for three-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Aqueduct. She completed the six-furlong distance in 1:12.16. Satin Sheets, one of six firsters in the field of nine, was sent off at odds of 14-1 and Downtown At Noon went off at 3-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr.

Leah’s Dream, who went off at 9-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Downtown At Noon while 3 ½ lengths clear of 9-2 firster Holiday Dispute and Cornelio Velazquez.

Milfer Farm bred Satin Sheets, a daughter of Into Mischief out of Wings of a Dove by Milwaukee Brew who is trained by Steve Asmussen. Satin Sheets’ six works for her debut included a five-furlong bullet from the gate in 1:02, best of 18 the morning of February 15th on the Belmont Park training track.

Bettors weren’t impressed, making another firster, Miss Sizzle, even money from the outside post under Rajiv Maragh.

Downtown At Noon, who’d finished a much-improved second in her second career start on February 25th, shot to the lead from the four post. Satin Sheets also broke well from the six post and set up in second on the frontrunner’s flank. Downtown At Noon stretched a neck lead on Satin Sheets after an opening quarter-mile in :23.70 to two lengths after a half-mile in :46.90.

Then Carmouche asked Satin Sheets to move and she responded quickly, closing the gap through the stretch and then overpowering her late.

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After going winless in his first 24 starts, Asuncion Rivera Jones’ six-year-old New York-bred gelding Chosen One Elijah won his second race in his last three starts Saturday, decisively taking the lead in early stretch and cruising to a one-length victory under seven-pound apprentice Kevin Mendez in a 5 ½-furlong $27,000 conditional $16,000 claimer. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of seven, Chosen One Elijah won in a final time of 1:05.58.

A pair of New York-breds, 5-1 Southern Gentleman with seven-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr. aboard and Cats Landing, the 8-5 favorite under Manny Franco, finished second and third, respectively, separated by a length and three-quarters.

Flying Zee Stables bred Chosen One Elijah, a son of Western Expression out of Apocalyptical by Wiseman’s Ferry who is trained by Eduardo Jones. After winning a New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer by a half-length on February 19th, Chosen One Elijah finished a tiring fifth in an open $25,000 claimer on March 1st at 10-1 odds. Bettors were all over his drop in claiming price Saturday, and he didn’t disappoint them.

Alerta, who went off at odds of 16-1 under seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes, beat Chosen One Elijah to the early lead, but Chosen One Elijah was right there with him in second through an opening quarter-mile in 23.57. Then Chosen One Elijah struck the lead, rolled past the half-mile in :46.95 to lead by three lengths and eased home.

Chosen One Elijah is now two-for-26 on dirt with two seconds, three thirds and earnings of more than $85,000.

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In Saturday’s finale, a six-furlong $31,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies, Robert Hoyt and Bill Lake’s homebred Miss Emily’s Smile didn’t let the outside post in the field of 12 deter her from posting a length-and-a-quarter victory under J.D. Acosta. Sent off at 15-1 odds, Miss Emily’s Smile won in a final time of 1:13.23.

Dark Affair, the 5-2 favorite under Antonio Gallardo, finished second, a half-length ahead of 7-2 Lynnie B and Kendrick Carmouche. Bank Elaboration, who disputed the early lead with Miss Emily’s Smile, finished another three lengths back in fourth under Manny Franco.

Paul Barrow trains Miss Emily’s Smile, a daughter of Bustin Stones out of Watrals Stephanie by Dixie Brass who finished fifth in an open maiden $30,000 claimer in her previous start on February 26th.

Breaking from the 11 and 12 posts, respectively, Bank Elaboration and Miss Emily’s Smile got away 1-2. Miss Emily’s Smile put Bank Elaboration away after a half-mile in :47.38 and took over.

Miss Emily’s Smile is now one-for-seven with one second, one third and earnings of more than $30,000.

 

North End Delivers at 1-2 Odds Friday

Michael Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners, Bethlehem Stables and Elkstone Group’s three-year-old filly North End tracked front-running Decorator Jenn, worked hard to get past her near the sixteenth pole and then opened up, taking a one-mile $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by 5 ½ lengths as the 1-2 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr. Friday at Aqueduct. North End, who was adding Lasix in her second start, won in a final time of 1:38.00.

Decorator Jenn, the 2-1 second choice breaking from the rail under seven-pound apprentice rider Hector Diaz, Jr., held on well to finish a clear second. Sister Patricia, sent off at odds of 9-1 under Kendrick Carmouche, reported home a well-clear third, 9 ½ lengths behind Decorator Jenn. You needed a telescope to locate 9-1 gray Scarlett Jo Hansen and Manny Franco in fourth, another 10 ¼ lengths back.

J Rita Young Thoroughbreds bred North End, a daughter of Into Mischief out of Rhythm Gal by Vindication who sold for $85,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Chad Brown. North End made a strong rally in her sprint debut on February 4th to finish second as the 6-5 favorite under Ortiz.

Breaking from the four post, North End got away second as Diaz rode Decorator Jenn hard to take the lead on the rail. Decorator Jenn led by a length and a half after a :23.95 first quarter, by a length after a half-mile in :47.13, and then by two lengths after three-quarters in 1:11.89. Ortiz got busy on North End and she closed ground quickly once she found her best stride. She blew past the front-runner in deep stretch and quickly got away to win impressively.

North End has already earned$44,000 in her first two starts.

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In Friday’s opener, a 5 ½-furlong $27,000 optional $16,000 claimer, James Fahey and William Hart, Sr.’s five-year-old New York-bred mare Moneybrook, the even-money favorite on the rail in a field of eight under seven-pound apprentice Addiel Ayala, rocketed to the lead and never had an anxious moment, winning by nearly two lengths despite drifting out a bit in the stretch.

Another New York-bred, Our Whim, sent off at odds of 7-2, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 3-1 Miss Swisher and Eric Cancel. Yet another state-bred, 14-1 Chocolate Smoothie, finished another neck back in fourth under Cornelio Velasquez.

John Hicks and Martin Pedroza bred Moneybrook, a daughter of Malibu Moon out of Mojito Magic by Elusive Quality who is trained by Gregg Matties. Moneybrook finished a tiring seventh under Samuel Camacho, Jr. at 5-1 odds in his previous start on February 26th.

Moneybrook broke like a shot Friday, immediately taking a clear lead, one she maintained through splits of :23.38 and :47.39.

Moneybrook is now two-for-six with one second and earnings topping $40,000.

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Lianna Stables’ Preziosa, the even-money favorite in a field of nine under Irad Ortiz, Jr., made a blitz around the far turn to take the lead and went on to a length-and-three-quarters victory in a mile-and-70-yard $31,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies in Friday’s finale.

Beyond the Street, who went off at 22-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished second, a half-length ahead of 9-2 gray Jacqueline D and Rajiv Maragh. Grande Beso, sent off at odds of 13-1 from the rail with J.D. Acosta on board, was a distant fourth.

Rudy Rodriguez trains Preziosa, a daughter of Bustin Stones out of Peaceful Dawnagain by Trick Me who was bred by Vincent Vivolo, Jr. Preziosa finished second at 7-2 odds in her previous start on February 2nd.

Preziosa got away in mid-pack as 3-1 Deed to the Bank and Manny Franco set the pace under heavy pressure from Jacqueline D through three-quarters in 1:14.40. By then, Preziosa had rallied into third and had dead aim on the dueling pacesetters. Jacqueline D finally put away Deed to the Bank, but had no answer for Preziosa, who seized the lead and won comfortably in a final time of 1:45.89.

Preziosa now has a win, a second and a third from five starts, for earnings of more than $25,000.

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