Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: November 3 to 9

Two Down One to Go Goes Coast-to-Coast Thursday

By Bill Heller

Joel Rosario sent Ben Mondello’s four-year-old gelding Two Down One to Go to the lead and he never had an anxious moment, winning a one-mile $57,000 New York-bred allowance wire-to-wire by 1 ¾ lengths Thursday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 3-1 odds from the three post in a field of eight, Two Down One to Go won in a final time of 1:37.47.

Storm Prophet, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., rallied strongly to finish second, a length and three-quarters ahead of the gorgeous gray gelding Bourbon Empire, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Jose Lezcano, in third. Cody’s Notes, who went off at 20-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes, checked home fourth, a length and a quarter behind Bourbon Empire.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, also the breeder of an earlier New York-bred winner on the card, bred Two Down One to Go, a son of Kitten’s Joy out of Right On It by E Dubai who sold for $140,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2014 and is trained by David Cannizzo. Two Down One to Go finished third by a head at 5-1 odds with Rosario aboard in her prior start at 6 ½ furlongs on October 14th.

Two Down One to Go broke sharply Thursday, taking a neck lead through a :23.65 first quarter-mile. Two Down One to Go stretched his lead to a length by running a half-mile in :47.05 and bumped the margin to 2 ½ lengths in mid-stretch. He cruised home to win comfortably.

Two Down One to Go is now two-for-11 on dirt with four seconds and four thirds. He also has one second and one third from 11 grass races, for total earnings of more than $120,000.

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In a thrilling head-to-head stretch battle Thursday, Ramona Bass LLC and Cheyenne Stable’s three-year-old filly Moondance, the 6-5 favorite under John Velazquez, held off Sugarille, the 2-1 second choice ridden by Jose Ortiz, by a fraction of a nose in a $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight. She covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:19.68.

There was a gap of nearly seven lengths back to 9-1 Bayshore Beauty and Manny Franco in third. First-time starter Spiral Bound, sent off at odds of 5-1 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up, finished a distant fourth.

Newtown Anner Stud bred Moondance, a daughter of Malibu Moon out of Red Hot Bertie by Tabasco Cat who is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. She was making just her fourth career start after finishing an improved second on a sloppy track at Belmont Park in her three-year-old debut on October 9th.

Breaking from the outside post in a field of six, Moondance settled on the flank of front-running Burkey’s Babe, who was adding blinkers and went off at 9-2 odds under Luis Saez. Burkey’s Babe led Moondance by three-quarters of a length through a first quarter in :23.45 and a half-mile in :46.95.

Then Moondance took over as Sugarille swept up on the far outside into second. Sugarille went after Moondance, gaining steadily but slowly as the wire neared. Moondance dug in and won the nose bob.

Moondance is now one-for-four on dirt with one second, one third and earnings of more than $50,000.

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Corrib Racing’s three-year-old filly Louisiana Lady lit up the toteboard Thursday. Perfectly rated on the front end by five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., Louisiana Lady, sent off at 38-1 odds as part of an entry and one of two fillies in the field of nine, held off 9-2 Ferrad’s Party and Joel Rosario by a nose, taking a six-furlong $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass in a final time of 1:09.76 on a “good” turf course.

New gelding Valiant Man, sent off at odds of 9-2 under Manny Franco, finished third, three lengths behind Ferrad’s Party while one length clear of Summer Mischief, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds bred Louisiana Lady, a daughter of City Zip out of Mythical Brownie by Lord Avie who sold for $40,000 as a yearling in October 2015 and is trained by Leo O’Brien. In her prior start against fillies under Mike Luzzi, Louisiana Lady finished sixth at 6-1 odds on October 6th.

Riding Louisiana Lady for the first time, Diaz sent her to the lead and she led Ferrad’s Party and 9-1 Frozen Angel, who alternated in second and third, by a length and a half to two lengths through an opening quarter-mile in :22.75 and a half-mile in :45.96.

Then Ferrad’s Party went after Louisiana Lady, and he closed ground quickly on the pacesetter. Louisiana Lady was getting tired, but she held on tenaciously to score her first career victory.

Louisiana Lady is now one-for-10 on turf with two seconds. She also has made three dirt starts and has combined earnings of more than $55,000.

 

Bromans’ Homebred Land Mine Powers to Victory Wednesday

Chester and Mary Bromans’ homebred three-year-old filly Land Mine pounced on dueling pacesetters Cotton Candy Cutie and Frost Wise in early stretch, and went on to a 2 ½-length victory in a one-mile $57,000 New York-bred allowance Wednesday at Aqueduct. Dismissed at 9-2 odds in the field of six with just five betting interests, Land Mine won in a final time of 1:37.09 on a track rated “good.”

Cotton Candy Cutie, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished second, two lengths clear of 5-1 Frost Wise and John Velazquez in third. There was a 2 ¼-length gap back to Gobi, who went off at 5-2 odds as part of an entry under five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., in fourth.

Phil Serpe trains Land Mine, a daughter of Mineshaft out of Khancord Kid by Lemon Drop Kid who was returning to dirt after finishing fifth at 8-1 odds on grass October 18th at Belmont Park. She had won her previous start on a sloppy track at Saratoga September 3rd by 5 ¼ lengths at 5-2 odds.

Franco, riding Land Mine for the first time, let her get away fifth as Frost Wise took the lead and Cotton Candy Cutie set up on her flank through a first quarter-mile in :24.02 and a half-mile in :48.16. Cotton Candy Cutie then took over as Franco shot Land Mine up three-wide. Land Mine quickly hit the front and opened daylight, winning emphatically.

Land Mine is now two-for-four on dirt. She has also raced once on grass and has combined earnings of more than $80,000.

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Winning like a 3-5 favorite should, Fortune Farm’s gray three-year-old New York-bred filly Might Be crushed five opponents in Wednesday’s finale, a $55,000 starter allowance switched from the grass to the dirt, by eight lengths under Dylan Davis. She covered the one-mile distance in 1:36.57 on a track upgraded from “good” to “fast.”

New York-bred Unbridledadventure, sent off at odds of 13-1 under Rajiv Maragh, finished second, three lengths clear of 12-1 Indygita. New York-bred Same Kinda Crazy, who went off at 9-2 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished a distant fourth.

Colts Neck Stable bred Might Be, a son of Posse out of Smileforamile by Unbridled’s Song who was dropping off a strong second-place finish in the $250,000 Empire Distaff for New York-breds on October 21st.

He broke sharply from the outside post Wednesday and never had an anxious moment, posting splits of :23.90, :47.60 and 1:11.99.

Might Be improved his dirt record to two-for-seven with two seconds and earnings of more than $120,000.

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Paradise Farms Corp.’s new claim, the four-year-old filly Frostie Anne, rallied in deep stretch under Irad Ortiz, Jr. to win a $47,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer by a half-length over Special Dividend and Kendrick Carmouche at Aqueduct Wednesday. She covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.23 on a “good” track. Frostie Anne was sent off at odds of 5-2 and Special Dividend was the 8-5 co-favorite in a field of six.

Palladian Bridge, seeking her third straight victory, also went off at 8-5 odds under Manny Franco and finished third, a length and a quarter behind Special Dividend. Longshot Cats Halo, who went off at 40-1 odds with seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes aboard, finished another 3 ½ lengths back in fourth.

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Whitmer bred Frostie Anne, a daughter of Frost Giant out of Lake Toccet by Toccet who is now trained by Steve Asmussen. Paradise Farms Corp. claimed Frostie Anne for $25,000 when she finished a tiring fifth at one mile under five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr. on October 9th.

E Warfare, sent off at 7-1 odds from the rail under Luis Saez, and Frostie Anne, who broke from the two post, both went for the early lead. E Warfare was a head in front after a first quarter in :23.60. She stretched her lead to one length through a :47.39 half-mile. Then Special Dividend, who had been fourth, split the two pacesetters decisively around the far turn. Special Dividend opened a two-length lead in mid-stretch, but Frostie Anne wasn’t done and she closed the gap resolutely. Frostie Anne maintained her momentum and wore down Special Dividend in the final 200 yards.

Frostie Anne is now six-for-17 on dirt with two seconds. She also has one third from five turf tries, for combined earnings topping $180,000.

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In Wednesday’s opener, a 6 ½-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer, Joel Rosario got the nose of Albert Fried, Jr.’s homebred four-year-old gelding Light the Vow down on the wire to nip Givethemanacigar and Manny Franco by less than an inch in  a final time of 1:18.84 on a “good” track. Light the Vow was sent off at odds of 4-1 and Givethemanacigar went off at 7-1 odds in the field of seven.

Quai Voltaire, who went off at 7-2 odds under seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes, finished third, a length behind Givethemanacigar while three-quarters of a length ahead of I Miss My Father, the 3-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Jose Ortiz.

Charlie Baker trains Light the Vow, a son of Broken Vow out of Light the Lamp by Mt. Livermore who had finished second in four of his last six starts.

Rosario got him away fifth as I Miss My Father set the pace under pressure from Devilry, a new gelding who was adding blinkers and went off at 13-1 odds under Eric Cancel, through a :47.87 half-mile. When I Miss My Father tired, Light the Vow gained on the far outside as Givethemanacigar rallied in between horses and Quai Voltaire advanced on the rail.

In the driving finish, Light the Vow and Givethemanacigar hit the wire in tandem. The photo revealed just how close the race came to being a dead heat, with Light the Vow a tiny bit ahead.

Light the Vow is now one-for-13 on dirt with six seconds and one third. He also has one third from three turf tries, for total earnings of more than $100,000.

 

Homebred Red Knight Remains Unbeaten on Turf Sunday

Trinity Farm’s homebred three-year-old gelding Red Knight rallied to the lead in deep stretch under Junior Alvarado, then held off a furious rally on the rail by Startup Nation and John Velazquez to win a mile-and-a-sixteenth $59,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by a half-length and remain unbeaten on turf Sunday at Aqueduct. Now three-for-three on grass, Red Knight, the 2-1 favorite from the outside post in a field of 10, won in a final time of 1:43.45.

The gray Wicked Freud, sent off at odds of 8-1 under Manny Franco, rallied to finished third, a half-length behind Startup Nation. Forever in Love, who went off at 13-1 odds under Luis Saez, finished fourth, another three-quarters of a length back.

Bill Mott trains Red Knight, a son of Pure Prize out of Isabel Away by Skip Away who was nosed in an off-the-turf race on a sloppy track in his debut on June 18th. He then won a maiden special weight and an allowance race on grass.

Riding Red Knight for the first time Sunday, Alvarado got him away in mid-pack as 4-1 Changewilldoyagood and Dylan Davis took the field to splits of :23.50, :47.76 and 1:11.64. By then, Both Red Knight and Wicked Freud were gaining on the extreme outside. Red Knight took the lead and Startup Nation appeared suddenly on the rail. Red Knight held him off for the victory.

Now three-for-three on turf with one second on dirt, Red Knight has already earned more than $120,000.

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Bond Racing Stable, Gray Riders Stable and Crown Stable’s three-year-old filly Tiz R Bella, trained by Jim Bond, rallied on the rail, switched to the outside and went on to a length-and-a-quarter victory under Joe Bravo in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Sunday.

Sent off the 8-5 favorite from the outside post in a field of nine, Tiz R Bella won in a final time of 1:44.95.

Front-running Cirque, sent off at odds of 9-1 from the rail under Pablo Fragoso, edged 5-2 Piquet and John Velazquez by a neck for second. There was a gap of 2 ¾ lengths back to 99-1 Holyholyholy and Francisco Arrieta in fourth.

Dr. Thomas Qualtere bred Tiz R Bella, a daughter of Tizway out of R Valbella by Sky Mesa who was making just her third career start after finishing fifth in her debut at Saratoga on August 7th, and third at Belmont Park on September 29th.

Tiz R Bella was far back early as Cirque set the pace under pressure from 88-1 Tulips Galore, who was adding blinkers under Rosario Montanez, through three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.38. Tiz R Bella had already rallied into third on the inside before Bravo switched her to the outside. She ran down the pacesetter to win comfortably.

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In a six-furlong $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass for two-year-old fillies Sunday, Fox Ridge Farm’s first-time starter Birthday Gift, sent off at odds of 88-1 under Samuel Jimenez, came through on the rail to nose Kreesie, the 2-1 co-favorite in a field of 12 under Luis Saez, in a final time of 1:09.93.

Nazay, who went off at 9-2 odds with Joe Bravo aboard, finished third, 4 ½ lengths behind Kreesie while a head in front of 57-1 firster Dark Tricks and Trevor Simpson.

Pat Kelly trains Birthday Gift, a daughter of Hat Trick (JPN) out of Giant Cause by Giant’s Causeway who showed five modest dirt works for her debut.

She got away in mid-pack as 2-1 co-favorite Stonefactor and John Velazquez led Dark Tricks by less than a length through an opening quarter-mile in :21.98 and a testing half-mile in :45.43.

Then Kreesie, who had been fourth, swept to the lead. She seemed home free until Birthday Gift closed in on her inside. Despite racing greenly, Birthday Gift got up in the final yards to win her debut.

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In Sunday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $34,000 conditional $25,000 claimer on the grass, Dylan Davis rallied Martin Harrigan’s four-year-old New York-bred filly War Canoe from last to first to win by two lengths going away. Sent off at 3-1 odds from the extreme outside post in a field of 11, War Canoe won in a final time of 1:43.78.

Front-runner Dynamic War, who was adding blinkers and went off at 9-2 odds under Victor Lebron from the 10 post, nosed 3-1 New York-bred Wish Upon and Luis Saez for second. There was a two-length gap back to 6-1 New York-bred Votre Coeur and Rajiv Maragh in fourth.

TIC Racing Stable bred War Canoe, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid out of Gdansking Queen by Langfuhr who had finished in the money in seven straight and nine of her last 10 races without winning any of them.

She was last early and was still last after Dynamic War took the field to a half-mile in :47.82 with a 2 ½-length lead. Dynamic War stretched her lead to five lengths by hitting three-quarters in 1:12.32. War Canoe had already uncorked a powerful rally on the outside which had taken her into fourth.

Dynamic War began to tire late while War Canoe maintained her momentum and rolled right on by to win handily.

War Canoe is now one-for-nine on grass with two seconds and five thirds. She also has a win, a second and a third from four dirt tries, for total earnings of more than $80,000.

 

Rockin Jo Holds On for Grass Maiden Score Saturday

Trainer Dominic Schettino added blinkers to Robert Rosenthal and Martin Greenberg’s two-year-old colt Rockin Jo, and he responded with a game wire-to-wire victory by a head under Nik Juarez in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Saturday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 5-2 odds from the nine post in a field of 12, Rockin Jo won in a final time of 1:43.85.

The gray Mr. President, sent off at odds of 8-1 under Tyler Gaffalione, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of 5-1 Paynter’s Prize and Dylan Davis. Powerstroke, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 4-1 odds under Abel Lezcano, finished fourth.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds bred Rockin Jo, a son of Paynter out of Rockin Heather by In Excess (IRE) who tired to finish sixth in his previous start at 4-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche.

Rockin Jo had shown speed in his first two grass starts, and Juarez got him away sharply Saturday. Mr. President, who broke directly inside of Rockin Jo, settled in second on Rockin Jo’s outside. They remained 1-2 the entire way as Rockin Jo led by less than a length through splits of :24.20, :49.20 and 1:13.30.

Rockin Jo led by a length in mid-stretch before Mr. President surged, gaining with every stride. Rockin Jo dug in and held on.

Rockin Jo now has a win and a second from three starts, for earnings of more than $40,000.

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Shooting Star Stable’s four-year-old New York-bred gelding The Orphan Miracle overhauled front-running New York-bred The Great Samurai and went on to a 2 ½-length victory under Eric Cancel in Saturday’s opener, a $27,000 conditional $16,000 claimer. He completed the one-mile distance in 1:39.64. The Orphan Miracle was sent off at odds of 7-2 and The Great Samurai was the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven under Rosario Montanez.

Gun for Hire, sent off at 16-1 odds under Dylan Davis, nosed The Great Samurai for second.

Miracle Man Racing Partners bred The Orphan Miracle, a son of Miracle Man out of Mum’s the Word by Real Quiet who is trained by David Donk. The Orphan Miracle finished second by a length and a half at 15-1 odds in his previous start on October 22nd.

He was last early as The Great Samurai tried taking the field coast to coast, leading by a length and a half after a half-mile in :47.95. Then The Orphan Miracle closed into second and went after the pacesetter. The Orphan Miracle maintained his momentum, winning comfortably.

The Orphan miracle is now two-for-14 on dirt with one second, three thirds and earnings topping $60,000.

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 In a 6 ½-furlong $25,000 open $12,500 claimer Saturday, Barry Ostrager’s five-year-old New York-bred mare Slam Chowder, the 9-5 favorite from the outside post in a field of eight under seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes, powered past front-running 3-1 Milaya and Tyler Gaffalione for a 3 ¼-length victory in a final time of 1:18.93.

Milaya held on for second, a half-length ahead of 22-1 Causeway Cutie and Rosario Montanez.

Michael Spielman bred Slam Chowder, a daughter of Grand Slam out of Kid Soup by Alphabet Soup who is trained by Michelle Nevin. Slam Chowder had hit the board in five of her previous six starts, including a late-tiring third under Rajiv Maragh on October 9th.

Montanez set up Slam Chowder in fourth on the outside for a clear run as Milaya took the field to a quarter in :24.14 and a half-mile in :48.14. By then, Slam Chowder had advanced into second. She went right on by Milaya and drew away.

Slam Chowder is now six-for-15 on dirt with one second and one third. She also has two seconds and one third in four grass starts, for combined earnings of more than $190,000.

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In Saturday’s finale, a six-furlong $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer for two-year-olds, Robert Terrill’s first-time starting colt I Love Jaxson rallied to a one-length victory under Rosario Montanez.

Sent off at 4-1 odds in the field of 12, I Love Jaxson won in a final time of 1:11.73.

Lutheran Rags, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Dylan Davis, finished second, 2 ½ lengths clear of 7-1 Three Goals, who was adding blinkers under Eric Cancel. Merger of Banks, who was adding blinkers and went off at 11-1 odds from the extreme outside post under five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., finished just a head behind Three Goals in fourth.

Saratoga Glen Farm bred I Love Jaxson, a son of Flat Out out of Procellous by Smarty Jones who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez.

I Love Jaxson got away in fifth as Three Goals took a narrow lead on the outside of 4-1 Chic N Wilbur and Paco Lopez. They battled head-to-head through a quarter in :22.50 and a half-mile in :46.27. Then both I Love Jaxson and Lutheran Rags rallied, with I Love Jaxson proving best in deep stretch.

 

 Lady Joan Edges Amazing Anne on Opening Day at Aqueduct Friday

Hilly Fields Stable’s homebred three-year-old filly Lady Joan wore down front-running Iron Mizz then held off Amazing Anne to win a one-mile $59,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by a neck under Luis Saez on opening day at Aqueduct Friday. Sent off at 2-1 odds in the field of six, Lady Joan won in a final time of 1:37.55.

Amazing Anne, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, finished second, a half-length ahead of Iron Mizz, who went off at odds of 6-1 under seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes. There was a length-and-a-half gap back to 4-1 gray Table for Six and Junior Alvarado in fourth.

Phil Serpe trains Lady Joan, a daughter of Courageous Cat out of Ladywell Court by Powerscourt who had finished in the money in her last five starts, including a third-place finish at 7-2 odds behind Amazing Anne on October 5th at Belmont.

Lady Joan broke sharply from the five post Friday and raced in second on the outside of Iron Mizz, who set the pace from the two post. Iron Mizz led Lady Joan by a head through a half-mile in :50.80. Amazing Anne tracked them three-wide from third.

When Lady Joan moved for the lead, Amazing Anne advanced as well. Iron Mizz wasn’t done, however, and she fought on tenaciously after three-quarters in 1:14.26. Lady Joan took a short lead at the sixteenth pole as Amazing Anne gained second. Lady Joan held her off to win narrowly.

Lady Joan is now three-for-nine on turf with four seconds, one third and earnings of more than $225,000.

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Waterville Lake Stable’s homebred colt Sea Foam, the 2-5 favorite in a field of eight under Nik Juarez, held off 7-2 first-time starter Gio d’Oro and Kendrick Carmouche by a neck to win a 6 ½-furlong $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-olds in a final time of 1:17.73. Anything Pazible, who was adding blinkers and went off at 14-1 odds under Rajiv Maragh, finished third, two lengths behind Gio d’Oro while 2 ½ lengths clear of 9-1 front-running Flash Drive and Angel Arroyo in fourth.

Christophe Clement trains Sea Foam, a son of Medaglia d’Oro out of Strike It Rich by Unbridled’s Song who had finished second in all three of his previous starts, the last one by a neck on grass at 4-5 odds October 14th. Clement chose to return him to dirt Friday, and this time Sea Foam got the job done.

Sea Foam raced just outside of Flash Drive through a quarter-mile in :23.04 and a half-mile in :46.12. Then Sea Foam took over as Gio d’Oro rallied strongly into second while racing greenly. Sea Foam held on gamely to the wire for the victory.

With a win and three seconds in his first four starts, Sea Foam has already earned more than $70,000.

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Closing powerfully down Aqueduct’s brand-new inner turf course under Junior Alvarado, Aron Yagoda’s recent claim, the five-year-old mare Khaleesi Kat, rallied to win a one-mile $46,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer by a neck over Kacy Lauren and Nik Juarez in a final time of 1:38.23. Khaleesi Kat was the 6-5 favorite on the rail and Kacy Lauren was sent off at odds of 9-2 in the field of eight.

Front-running Baronet, sent off at 10-1 odds with seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes aboard, held on for third, a length and a quarter behind Kacy Lauren. Free N Clear, who went off at 11-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche, was just a half-length behind Baronet in fourth.

Kat House Stable bred Khaleesi Kat, a daughter of Afleet Alex out of Nehantic Kat by Tomorrows Cat who is now trained by Linda Rice. Yagoda claimed Khaleesi Kat for $25,000 when he finished fifth at Saratoga on August 24th. In her first start for her new connections at Belmont Park on October 6th, Khaleesi Kat finished second by a head as the 2-1 favorite to Sugar Mags, who went off at 7-1 odds Friday.

Khaleesi Kat got away towards the rear as Baronet set the pace with 7-2 Rockin Alli and Dylan Davis chasing in second, a length behind, through a half-mile in :50.23. Then Baronet put away Rockin Alli as Kacy Lauren rushed into contention on the outside and Khaleesi Kat began her rally from fifth.

Kacy Lauren took the front as Khaleesi Kat closed in quickly. Alvarado had timed Khaleesi Kat’s rally perfectly, and she struck the lead in the final 200 yards.

Khaleesi Kat is now four-for-19 on turf with three seconds, three thirds and more than $180,000 in earnings.

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Waterford Stable’s City of Dreams stalked front-running Scatback, took the lead when asked by Joe Bravo and drew off to a 4 ½-length victory in Friday’s first race, a six-furlong $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer for two-year-old fillies. City of Dreams, who broke from the outside post in the field of eight, was the 8-5 second choice. Scatback was sent off at odds of 9-2 under Nik Juarez.

My Roxy Girl, who was adding blinkers and went off the slight 8-5 favorite under Jose Lezcano, rallied to finish second, 4 ½ lengths ahead of Scatback in third. First-time starter Parlapiano, sent off at 21-1 odds with seven-pound apprentice Luis Reyes aboard, checked in fourth, a length and a quarter behind Scatback.

Thomas Moore bred City of Dreams, a daughter of Eskendereya out of City Roar by Carson City who is trained by Wesley Ward. City of Dreams was making just her second career start and her dirt debut after showing speed and weakening to finish 12th on grass in her debut in a maiden special weight on September 24th at Belmont Park.

She broke sharply Friday and set up in second on the outside of Scatback, who took the lead from the two post. Scatback led City of Dreams by a neck through an opening quarter-mile in :23.21. City of Dreams then took the lead on the outside of Scatback and drew off impressively to win by herself at the wire.

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In Friday’s finale, a six-furlong $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer for two-year-old fillies, Gabrielle Farm’s homebred Mojito Margarita, breaking from the outside post in a field of nine under Nik Juarez, took command early, opened a two-length lead and held on to beat Viradia and Junior Alvarado by a neck in a final time of 1:12.01. Mojito Margarita was sent off at odds of 9-2 and Viradia, who was adding blinkers, was the 2-1 second choice.

Go Kelly Go, the 3-2 favorite ridden by five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., finished third, 5 ¼ lengths behind Viradia. Caoimhe, who went off at 14-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished 2 ½ lengths behind Go Kelly Go in fourth.

Rudy Rodriguez trains Mojito Margarita, a daughter of Teuflesberg out of Mango Margarita by Not For Love who was making her second career start off a modest rallying fifth in her debut on October 12 under Junior Alvarado.

She got away second on Friday, and was a half-length off front-running 111-1 Dance for Mon and Victor Lebron after a first quarter mile in :23.10. Mango Margarita took over the lead and hit the half-mile in :46.81 with a two-length lead on Viradia, who had rallied strongly from third to second. Viradia closed quickly, but Mojito Margarita held her off to win.

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