Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: February 1 to 4

Blewitt Blows Them Away at 1-5 Sunday

By Bill Heller

Upping his record to two-for-three, Repole Stable’s four-year-old homebred colt Blewitt absolutely dominated seven rivals at Aqueduct Sunday, cruising under Manny Franco to a wire-to-wire, 5 ¾-length victory in a $57,000 New York-bred allowance. He broke from the rail as the 1-5 favorite and completed the one-mile distance in 1:39.00.

Guick, sent off at odds of 5-1 under Trevor McCarthy, checked in second, one length ahead of 26-1 Holy Week and five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr. New York Boy, who went off at 44-1 odds under Dylan Davis, reported home a distant fourth.

Todd Pletcher trains Blewitt, a son of Uncle Mo out of Stopspendingmaria by Montbrook who looks ready and able for a step up to open or stakes company.

Blewitt won his debut by 5 ¾ lengths December 1st, then caught a sloppy track when finishing second by a neck as the 1-2 favorite on December 23rd.

Riding Blewitt for the first time Sunday, Franco hustled him to the lead after he broke fourth. Blewitt took a neck lead on Holy Week after a first quarter-mile in :24.46. He stretched his edge to a half-length after a half-mile in :48.90, then took off. He hit three-quarters in 1:13.66 and bid the field goodbye.

Blewitt has already earned more than $75,000 in his first three starts.

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Alan Kirshner and Leonard Mandl’s idle colt Dig That Mine rallied to win his second straight race Sunday, capturing a one-mile $57,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $80,000 claimer by a length and three-quarters under Angel Arroyo. Dispatched as the 9-5 second choice in a field of seven, Dig That Mine won in a final time of 1:39.81.

Violent Delights, sent off at odds of 9-1 from the rail with Luis Reyes aboard, letd late but had to settle for second, 6 ¼ lengths ahead of 8-1 Engineers Report and Trevor McCarthy. Cain Is Abel, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado, finished another 2 ¾ lengths back in fourth.

Mares Rule III bred Dig That Mine, a son of Mineshaft out of Senora Cat by Cozzene who sold for $110,000 as a two-year-old in May 2017 and is trained by Steve Klesaris. Dig That Mine hadn’t raced since scoring a length-and-a-quarter maiden victory on November 12th at 9-2 odds.

Arroyo settled Dig That Mine in third Sunday as 21-1 Rockin Jo and Kendrick Carmouche set the pace as Cain Is Abel chased in second. Rockin Jo led Cain Is Abel by one length through a quarter in :22.82 and a half-mile in :48.10.

When Rockin Jo tired, both Cain Is Abel and Dig That Mine rallied on the outside as Violent Delights advanced on the inside after three-quarters in 1:14.05. Violent Delights surged to the lead as Dig That Mine rallied into second in mid-stretch. Dig That Mine kept coming, collared Violent Delights in deep stretch and began to draw away.

Dig That Mine is now two-for-four with one second and earnings of a tad under $80,000.

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He had to work hard to do it, but Bran Jam Stable and David Clark’s colt Lutheran Rags, the even-money favorite in a field of five ridden by Dylan Davis, wore down front-running Bourbon Did It, the 2-1 co-second choice under Manny Franco, to win a $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for three-year-olds Sunday. He scored by one length, covering the one-mile distance in 1:40.79.

Hokulea, sent off at odds of 2-1 under Chris DeCarlo, finished third, a length and a half behind Bourbon Did It. Knockin Em Back, a firster on the rail who went off at 19-1 odds under Abel Lezcano, was a distant fourth.

Delehanty Stock Farm bred Lutheran Rags, a son of Union Rags out of Wittenberg Miss by Smart Strike who is trained by John Toscano, Jr. Lutheran Rags finished third by three-quarters of a length in his previous start at 6-1 odds on June 18th.

This was a two-horse race from beginning to end. Bourbon Did It broke sharply from the two post to take the lead immediately as Lutheran Rags, who broke from the five post, sat on his flank in second through a first quarter in :24.42 and a half-mile in :48.95. Bourbon Did It still led by a length after three-quarters in 1:13.99, but Lutheran Rags surged to draw even.

Lutheran Rags kept the pressure on, thrust a head in front and edged away late.

Lutheran Rags is now one-for-six on dirt with two seconds and a third. He also has four turf tries, for total earnings of more than $65,000.

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Winning like a 4-5 favorite should, Michael Dubb’s six-year-old New York-bred gelding Special Story cruised to a 12-length, gate-to-wire victory in a $34,000 conditional $25,000 claimer to give Angel Arroyo his third winner of the day Sunday. He completed the one-mile distance in 1:38.91.

New gelding Pretentious, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Junior Alvarado, finished second, 3 ¼ lengths clear of 3-1 Daddy’s Home and Kendrick Carmouche. New York-bred Sandy Strikes, who went off at 34-1 odds under five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr., finished another seven lengths back in fourth.

William Parsons and David Howe bred Special Story, a son of Tale of the Cat out of Celestial Sweep by Eddington who is trained by Robertino Diodoro. Special Story was dropping into a claimer off a distant fifth-place finish in a starter allowance on January 20th.

Special Story shot to the lead, leading 11-1 New York-bred Ode to the Hunt and Martin Garcia by three-quarters of a length through a half-mile in :48.71. Special Story stretched his lead to one length after three-quarters in 1:13.77, then poured it on, winning utterly alone at the finish line.

Special Story is now two-for-10 on dirt with three seconds, one third and earnings of more than $55,000.

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In Sunday’s thrilling finale, a six-furlong $27,000 conditional $16,000 claimer, Dylan Davis got owner/trainer David Jacobson’s new claim, the five-year-old New York-bred gelding Casigordo, up in the absolute final stride to beat front-running New York-bred Ransom Note and Trevor McCarthy, putting Davis in elite company. Casigordo was Davis’ fifth winner of the day Sunday.

Javelin, the 2-5 favorite ridden by Manny Franco, finished third in between horses, just a neck behind Ransom Note.

Gallagher’s Stud bred Casigordo, a son of Arch out of Leonor Fini (IRE) by Peintre Celebre whom Jacobson claimed for $25,000 when he finished an extremely distant fourth as the 6-5 favorite under Manny Franco on November 9th.

Davis got Casigordo away third, a perfect spot as Random Note set the pace under pressure from Javelin through a first quarter in :23.31 and a half-mile in :46.92.

Davis pushed Casigordo up three-wide to join them, and the trio duked it out all the way to the wire. Ransom Note just refused to let Javelin get past him, but Casigordo passed both of them right at the finish line.

Casigordo is now two-for-nine with one second and a pair of thirds. He also has four grass starts, for total earnings of a tad under $60,000.

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Angel Arroyo rallied Sandy and Irwin Goldfarb, Ira Davis and Jack Hochman’s seven-year-old New York-bred gelding Toohottoevenspeak, the 4-5 favorite on the rail in a field of seven, to a 2 ¾-length victory in a $27,000 conditional $14,000 claimer Sunday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.84.

New York-bred Peculiar Sensation, sent off at odds of 9-2 under Manny Franco, nosed 3-1 Delta Outlaw and Trevor McCarthy for second. Another state-bred, Kenyan, who went off at 25-1 odds with Luis Reyes aboard, checked in another 5 ¾ lengths back in fourth.

Seth Morris bred Toohottoevenspeak, a son of Stonesider out of Cayerless and Hot by Unusual Heat who is trained by Robertino Diodoro. The Goldfarbs, Davis and Hochman claimed Toohottoevenspeak for $25,000 when he finished fourth at 9-2 odds on December 10th. In his first start for his new connections, Toohotoevenspeak led late before weakening to finish second on January 15th.

Toohottoevenspeak got away third as Peculiar Sensation and Delta Outlaw hooked up on the front end. They alternated on the lead through a quarter in :23.59 and a half-mile in :47.57. Their speed duel set the race up perfectly for Toohottoevenspeak, who flew past both of them in mid-stretch and opened up to win handily.

Toohottoevenspeak is now three-for-28 on dirt with six seconds and nine thirds. He has also raced twice on turf and has total earnings topping $175,000.

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Louis Zito, Donall Fingleton and John Crean’s freshened Simona, the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven, out-dueled 3-1 Lune Lake and Angel Arroyo for the lead and went on to an emphatic 5 ¼-length victory in a six-furlong $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies, giving Dylan Davis his third of five wins on the day Sunday.

Lune Lake held on for second, eight lengths clear of 42-1 Little Nanny and Jeremy Rose. Forever Dream, the 2-1 second choice under Andre Worrie, finished a distant fourth.

SF Racing Group bred Simona, a daughter of Take Charge Indy out of Broadway Hennessey by Hennessy who is trained by David Duggan. Simona finished a distant second at 3-2 odds in her previous start on December 15th. Duggan freshened his filly and she came back running.

Breaking from the adjoining three and four posts, Simona and Lune Lake hooked up on the front end immediately. Lune Lake led briefly, but Simona surged on the inside to take a narrow advantage after a first quarter in :23.52.

Simona edged away to a half-length lead through a :48.05 half-mile. Then Davis let her go and she spurted away to a daylight lead, winning easily in a final time of 1:12.87.

Simona is now one-for-four on dirt with one second and one third. She also has one second from two turf tries, for combined earnings of more than $45,000.

 

Cerretalto Wins His Second Straight Saturday

Bond Racing Stable’s four-year-old gelding Cerretalto, trained by Jim Bond, scored his second consecutive victory – both at odds of 7-1 – Saturday at Aqueduct, rallying from off the pace under Dylan Davis to win a $59,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by 3 ¼ lengths. He completed the six and a half furlongs in 1:16.40.

Foreset, the 8-5 favorite in a field of seven ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, finished second, 3 ¼ lengths clear of front-running 10-1 gray Bavaro and Junior Alvarado. There was a two-length gap back to 5-1 Mighty Zealous and Trevor McCarthy in fourth.

Song Hill Thoroughbreds bred Cerretalto, a son of Tizway out of Riserva by Dixie Brass who won her previous start by one length on December 6th with blinkers added. Bond freshened his gelding and he won again, making him two-for-two with blinkers.

Riding Cerretalto for the first time, Davis got him away third on the rail as Bavaro took the early lead and Foreset set up in second. Bavaro held a lead of a neck to a half-length through a first quarter in :22.40 and a half-mile in :45.15.

Foreset then took the front as Cerretalto rallied boldly on the far outside. Cerretalto maintained his momentum and blew past Foreset, drawing away impressively to win by herself at the wire.

Cerretalto is now three-for-six on dirt. He’s also raced once on turf and has total earnings topping $110,000.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s idle homebred Under Suspicion and Manny Franco shook off early pressure on the front end, then gamely held off Lady Moyne and five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz by a half-length in a $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for three-year-old fillies Saturday. She covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.44. Part of an entry of Broman homebreds, Under Suspicion was the 3-2 favorite and Lady Moyne, who was adding Lasix, the 8-5 second choice in the field of eight.

Cartwheel, who was adding blinkers and went off at 14-1 odds under Martin Garcia, pressed the pace and finished third, 5 ¼ lengths behind Lady Moyne. Forever Daisy, sent off at odds of 15-1 under Dylan Davis, reported home another two lengths back in fourth.

Phil Serpe trains Under Suspicion, a daughter of Friend Or Foe out of Misty Rosette by Stormin Fever who hadn’t raced since finishing second in her second career start at Saratoga on August 30th. Serpe did an excellent job getting his filly read for her first start in more than five months.

Under Suspicion fired out of the three post to take the lead as Cartwheel settled on her flank in second and Lady Moyne raced in third. Under Suspicion nursed a half-length advantage through a :22.42 first quarter-mile and a testing half-mile in :45.85.

Under Suspicion put away Cartwheel, but Lady Moyne charged into second and went after the favorite. Lady Moyne kept up the pressure, but Under Suspicion gamely fended her off all the way to the wire.

Under Suspicion now has a win, a second and a third in her first three starts, for earnings of more than $50,000.

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Beneftting from a perfectly timed ride by Junior Alvarado, trainer/co-owner Rudy Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez and Andrew Gordon’s new claim, the five-year-old New York-bred gelding Lucky Town, wore down front-running favorite Shoe Loves Shoe and Kendrick Carmouche to win a $40,000 conditional $40,000 claimer by a length and a quarter Saturday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.06. Lucky Town was sent off at odds of 2-1 from the rail and Shoe Loves Shoe was the 3-2 favorite from the outside post in a field of six.

Truly a Moon Shot, sent off at 4-1 odds with Trevor McCarthy aboard, finished third, 6 ½ lengths behind Shoe Loves Shoe while seven lengths clear of 23-1 New York-bred Hopper Dropper and Angel Arroyo in fourth.

Patricia Calandro and Susan Georgas bred Lucky Town, a son of Posse out of Dr Boo Boo Better by Cure the Blues who finished third in his previous race on December 16th, when he was claimed for $25,000 by his current connections.

Shoe Loves Shoe broke sharply to take the lead as Lucky Town and 8-1 New York-bred Three to Thirteen, with Martin Garcia aboard, alternated in second and third behind him through fast early fractions: a quarter in :21.99 and a half-mile in :45.23.

Shoe Loves Shoe still had a two-length lead at that point, but Lucky Town closed in quickly on the outside. Lucky Town wore down the favorite, struck the front and won going away.

Lucky Town is now one-for-10 on dirt with one second and three thirds. He also has a victory and a pair of seconds from 13 turf tries, for total earnings of more than $95,000.

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Repole Stable’s idle new gelding Surprise Wonder and Manny Franco ran down front-running Wushu Warrior, who was adding blinkers and brushed the rail in early stretch under Trevor McCarthy, to capture a $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer going away by a length and a half Saturday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:12.43 on a “good” track. Both horses went off at 6-5 odds in the field of six.

There was a huge gap of 15 lengths back to 9-2 Theresa’s Boy and Angel Arroyo in third. First-time starter Leading Storm, sent off at odds of 8-1 under Kendrick Carmouche, reported home a distant fourth.

Knight RB Racing bred Surprise Wonder, a son of Giant Surprise out of Wonderwho’sbest by Three Wonders who is trained by Todd Pletcher. Surprise Wonder, who finished second at 1-5 odds in his open maiden special weight debut at Aqueduct on April 20th, hadn’t raced since he finished third in a New York-bred maiden special weight at Belmont Park on May 12th as the 3-5 favorite under John Velazquez in his second career start.

Franco got Surprise Wonder away quickly out of the two post and was immediately confronted by Wushu Warrior out of the five post. Franco took a hold of Surprise Wonder, and Wushu Warrior spurted to a three-length lead by running a fast opening quarter-mile in :22.53. Surprise Wonder whittled away at Wushu Warrior’s advantage around the far turn, drawing within a length and a half after a half-mile in :46.33.

Wushu Warrior then brushed the rail, but didn’t lose that much momentum in early stretch as McCarthy got him straightened out. Surprise Wonder then pounced, drawing even with and passing the frontrunner to score going away.

Surprise Wonder has already earned more than $50,000 from a win, a second and a third in his first three starts.

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In Saturday’s finale, a six-furlong $31,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, Matties Racing Stable’s idle four-year-old new gelding Musicality rallied for a 2 ½-length victory under Angel Arroyo. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of 10, Musicality won in a final time of 1:12.64.

Daring Destiny, the 9-5 favorite piloted by Joe Rocco, Jr., finished second, a half-length ahead of 6-1 Barefoot Angel and Joe Bravo, but was disqualified by the stewards and placed third behind him for interference when he blew the far turn and carried him extremely wide. Longshot Pimm’s Cup, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 26-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished fourth, 3 ¼ lengths behind Barefoot Angel.

Windylea Farm and Valorie Lund bred Musicality, a son of Maclean’s Music out of Oak Flat by Benton Creek who sold for $20,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Gregg Matties. Musicality was making just his second career start after finishing a distant third at 4-1 odds in his debut in a New York-bred maiden special weight at Belmont on May 6th.

Arroyo settled him in third early as Toast to Ghost, ridden by Martin Garcia and sent off at 19-1 odds from the rail, set the pace under pressure from Daring Destiny through an opening quarter in :22.26.

Toast to Ghost led Daring Destiny by a neck around the far turn as Musicality began his move. When Daring Destiny blew the turn, Musicality was able to get a clear shot on Toast to Ghost’s outside. Musicality then struck the front and opened up in an impressive effort.

 

Lake Party Delivers in Friday’s Finale

Angel Arroyo rallied Darlene Bilinski’s homebred colt Lake Party, bred by her husband Dr. Jerry Bilinski, to a 5 ½-length victory in Friday’s finale at Aqueduct, a $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer for three-year-olds at one mile on the dirt. Sent off the 2-1 favorite in a field of eight, Lake Party won in a final time of 1:43.72 on the “muddy” track.

Binkster, who went off at odds of 11-1 under Trevor McCarthy, finished second, nearly two lengths ahead of 6-1 Beach Access and Dylan Davis. There was an eight-length gap back to 5-1 first-time starter Andronikos and Jeremy Rose in fourth.

Gary Contessa trains Lake Party, a son of Desert Party out of Lake Princess by Salt Lake who finished third in his prior two starts in a maiden $50,000 claimer and a maiden $40,000 claimer.

Lake Party broke sharply on the outside from the seven post, but Arroyo let him settle in sixth as Andronikos and Binkster hooked up on the front end immediately. They dueled through an opening quarter-mile in :24.75 and a half-mile in :48.83 before Binkster put away Andronikos. By then, Lake Party had rallied into third.

Lake Party was four lengths behind Binkster after three-quarters in 1:15.80, but closed ground quickly as Binkster tired from his hard-fought early battle. Lake Party blew past him and quickly opened up, winning impressively.

Lake Party is now one-for-six on dirt with two thirds. He also has three starts on turf, for total earnings of more than $30,000.

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In a gritty and impressive debut Friday, My Purple Haze Stable’s five-year-old mare Fashiononthesurge outdueled Burkey’s Babe early, then held off Gypsy Jo late to win a six-furlong $31,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer by one length under Paco Lopez. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of eight, Fashiononthesurge won in a final time of 1:13.06.

Gypsy Jo, the 2-1 favorite on the rail under Manny Franco, finished a clear second, 8 ¼ lengths ahead of 10-1 Celtic Serenade and Jeremy Rose in third. You Promise, sent off at odds of 53-1 under Abel Lezcano, finished a distant fourth.

Dormellito Stud bred Fashiononthesurge, a daughter of Old Fashioned out of Southern Surge by Meadowlake who sold for $19,000 in 2014 and is trained by Chris Englehart.

Fashiononthesurge broke sharply from the six post and set up in second on the flank of Burkey’s Babe, who went off at 3-1 odds with five-pound apprentice Hector Diaz, Jr. up.

Burkey’s Babe led Fashiononthesurge by a half-length through a :22.92 first quarter-mile. Then Fashiononthesurge drew within a head of the frontrunner after a half-mile in :47.74. Fashiononthesurge then took over as Gypsy Jo made a powerful rally on the outside. Gypsy Jo got within a neck of Fashiononthesurge, but Fashiononthesurge wasn’t done and put her away to win.

 

Northernstreetgal Runs Down Jurere in Thursday’s Finale

Saltor Thoroughbred Stables, VIP Stable and Patrick Brown’s Northernstreetgal ran down front-running favorite Jurere to win Thursday’s finale, a $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies, by three lengths under Joe Rocco, Jr. at Aqueduct. She covered the one-mile distance in 1:44.55 on a “good” track. Northernstreetgal was sent off at odds of 2-1 and Jurere was the even-money favorite on the rail under Manny Franco in a field of nine.

Jurere held second, a length and a half ahead of 39-1 Netti’s Legacy and Trevor Simpson. Hug the Rail, who went off at 12-1 odds under Abel Lezcano, finished just another head back in fourth.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds bred Northernstreetgal, a daughter of Here Comes Ben out of Gala Regatta by Boston Harbor who sold for $15,000 as a two-year-old in May 2017 and is trained by Gary Contessa.

Northernstreetgal finished a distant fourth in a maiden $40,000 claimer in her previous start on January 14th.

Northernstreetgal was last early as Jurere hustled up along the rail to take the early lead while 5-1 Lady Bountiful and Angel Arroyo chased in second through a first quarter in :23.91, a half-mile in :48.63 and three-quarters in 1:15.82. By then, Northernstreetgal had rallied powerfully on the far outside into fourth.

Northernstreetgal maintained her momentum and blew past Jurere inside the sixteenth pole to win going away.

Northernstreetgal is now one-for-six on dirt with one second and a pair of thirds. She also has one second from five turf tries, for total earnings of more than $50,000.

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