Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: April 18 to 22

Retonova Stays Unbeaten With Stakes Win Sunday

By Bill Heller

My Purple Haze Stable’s gelding Retonova improved his career record to two-for-two on closing day Sunday at Aqueduct, taking the 25th running of the 6 ½-furlong $100,000 Times Square Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series for three-year-olds by 2 ¾ lengths. Sent off the 2-5 favorite in a field of five under Trevor McCarthy, Retonova won in a final time of 1:16.92.

Spectacular Kid, sent off at odds of 18-1 under Manny Franco, finished second, three-quarters of a length in front of 7-1 Aqua Bel Sar and Angel Arroyo. Santa Antonio, who went off at 7-2 odds with Javier Castellano riding, finished another neck back in fourth.

The complexion of the race changed considerably when A True Giant, the even-money favorite, reared up behind the starting gate, tossing jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. A True Giant was then loaded in the gate without a rider. Ortiz looked shaken up as he tried to get back on his horse in the gate, and the decision was made to scratch the horse. Ortiz returned to win the next race, the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes, easily on 1-9 Significant Form.

Barry Ostrager bred Retonova, a son of Boys At Tosconova out of Jb’s Golden Regret by Banker’s Gold who sold for just $20,000 as a two-year-old last year and is trained by Chris Englehart. Retonova began his career on March 11th with a four-length maiden special weight victory under McCarthy at 10-1 odds. When A True Giant, who was one-for-one, was scratched, Retonova became the odds-on choice.

He got away fourth as 6-1 Belleville Spring and Hector Diaz, Jr. set the pace as Aqua Bel Sar chased in second through an opening quarter-mile in :22.77 and a half-mile in :45.27. By that point, Retonova was rallying three-wide and gaining quickly.

Aqua Bel Sar got by Belleville Spring to take a brief lead before Retonova confronted him. Aqua Bel Sar tried to fight him off, but Retonova put him away past mid-stretch and drew away.

Now two-for-two in his career, Retonova has already earned more than $90,000.

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Alpha Delta Stables’ ultra-talented four-year-old colt Long Haul Bay shook off a layoff from last June to win a $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by 6 ½ lengths under Manny Franco as the even-money favorite in the field of 10 Sunday. He covered the six-furlong distance in a quick 1:09.04, improving his lifetime record to three-for-four.

Mighty Zealous, a 10-1 shot ridden by Paco Lopez, finished a clear second, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of 18-1 gray Wicked Macho and Trevor McCarthy. Global Positioning, sent off at odds of 60-1 with Abel Lezcano up, finished a distant fourth.

Chad Brown trains Long Haul Bay, a son of Quality Road out of French Satin by French Deputy who hadn’t raced since June 10th, when he finished fifth in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes. Before that, he won his maiden special weight debut by a nose, then the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths. Franco was aboard for all three starts.

Credit Brown with another outstanding job of getting his horses ready off long layoffs.

Franco got Long Haul Bay away in mid-pack from the nine post as 9-2 Tribecca, with Kendrick Carmouche aboard, and 26-1 For Pops, with Jose Lezcano up, butted heads in a wicked speed duel that produced a first quarter in an eye-popping :21.55 and a brutal half-mile in :44.75.

Franco rallied Long Haul Bay three-wide around the far turn, and he inhaled the dueling pacemakers and opened up on the field to win as he pleased.

Long Haul Bay has earned $240,000 in just four career starts.

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Newport Stables’ gray gelding Morrison skirmished for the early lead with Rockin Jo, put that rival away and went on to a length-and-a-quarter victory under Kendrick Carmouche in a $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $80,000 claimer for three-year-olds Sunday at Aqueduct. He covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:41.48. Morrison was sent off at odds of 2-1 in the field of seven, and Rockin Jo, who was shedding blinkers, went off at 8-1 odds with Joe Bravo aboard.

Way Early, also sent off at 2-1 odds under Manny Franco, was a strong second, eight lengths clear of 11-1 Big Thicket and Jose Lezcano in third. Longshot Engineers Report, sent off at 49-1 odds with Trevor McCarthy riding, finished a distant fourth.

Golden Goose Enterprises bred Morrison, a son of The Factor out of Liza Lu by Menifee who sold for $90,000 as a two-year-old in March 2017 and is trained by Joe Sharp. Morrison finished a solid second with blinkers added at 16-1 odds in his previous race on April 19th, his first start in more than four months. The race obviously helped.

Morrison dueled with Rockin Jo through a half-mile in :47.12. When Morrison put Rockin Jo away, Way Early advanced into second after three-quarters in 1:10.80. Way Early closed well, but Morrison kept him safe all the way to the end.

Morrison is now one-for-five on turf with one second and one third. He also has one win from two dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $115,000.

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William Parsons, Jr. and David Howe’s three-year-old homebred filly Cartwheel collared front-running gray Anne’s Song in mid-stretch and drew off to a dominant six-length victory under Joe Bravo in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Sunday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:36.14. Cartwheel was sent off at odds of 5-2 from the rail and Anne’s Song, who gamely held on for second, went off at 19-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche in the field of seven.

Another gray, 5-1 Dancingwthdaffodls and Jose Lezcano, finished third, a neck behind Anne’s Song while three lengths in front of another – you guessed it – gray, Zecha, who went off at 12-1 odds with Dylan Davis riding.

Mark Hennig trains Cartwheel, a daughter of Flatter out of Kaleidoscope by Elusive Quality who finished a distant seventh under Trevor McCarthy in her prior start on March 23rd.

Bravo got her away third as Anne’s Song shot to the lead with Dancingwthdaffodls chasing in second through splits of :23.15, :46.10 and 1:10.88. Bravo got Cartwheel off the rail for a clear shot at Anne’s Song, and Cartwheel flew past her with an impressive burst of speed. She was drawing away through the stretch.

Cartwheel is now one-for-five with one third and earnings of a tad under $50,000.

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Wachtel Stable’s idle three-year-old New York-bred gelding Panama Ed, masterfully ridden by Javier Castellano, shadowed front-running favorite Hard Way Winner and Irad Ortiz, Jr. the entire way, then thrust his nose in front a step before the wire to take a thrilling $40,000 open $20,000 claimer by a nose Sunday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:10.97 to notch his second straight score. Panama Ed was sent off at odds of 9-2 and Hard Way Winner went off at 9-5 odds in the field of seven.

New York-bred Buss the Bell, sent off at 18-1 odds with Abel Lezcano up, finished third, a length behind Hard Way Winner while 4 ¼ lengths clear of 5-2 Indian Ghost and Manny Franco.

Chris Englehart trains Panama Ed, a son of Bluegrass Cat out of Miss Splash by Husband who hadn’t raced since winning a New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer by a half-length under Castellano at 7-1 odds on December 6th.

Breaking from the outside two posts, Hard Way Winner and Panama Ed were 1-2 the entire race. Hard Way Winner led Panama Ed by a half-length after a first quarter in :23.04 and by three-quarters of a length through a :46.35 half-mile.

Hard Way Winner couldn’t shake clear of Panama Ed, who took him on head-to-head the final sixteenth of a mile. In the final desperate strides, Panama Ed inched past.

Panama Ed improved his record to two-for-eight with two seconds and nearly $70,000 in earnings.

 

Baby Boss Scores in Stakes at 23-1 Saturday

Neal Allread’s Baby Boss broke sharply and never looked back, taking the 25th running of the 6 ½-furlong $100,000 Park Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series for three-year-old fillies by one length under Manny Franco at 23-1 odds Saturday at Aqueduct.

“I thought Manny did a really nice job,” Baby Boss’ trainer Jeremiah Englehart said.

My Roxy Girl, sent off at odds of 6-1 under Jose Lezcano, chased Baby Boss the entire way to finished second, one length ahead of 3-1 Orchid Party and David Cohen. Orchid Party was looking for her fourth consecutive victory on just two days rest. Aunt Babe, who went off at 12-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished fourth, nearly two lengths behind Orchid Party.

Eric Bishop bred Baby Boss, a daughter of Frost Giant out of Wild in Montana by Yankee Victor who sold for just $23,000 last May. Baby Boss began her career with a distant fifth-place finish in open company at Finger Lakes last November. She then won a state-bred maiden $40,000 claimer and finished second by a neck in a New York-bred allowance/optional $80,000 claimer at Aqueduct with Franco in the saddle both times.

He couldn’t have ridden her any better than on Saturday. She broke on top from the five post and quickly had a clear lead. “Going to the lead wasn’t the plan, but I wasn’t going to get in her way,” Franco said. “I just left her there and she responded very well for me.”

Baby Boss stretched a length-and-a-half lead on My Roxy Girl through a :22.76 first quarter-mile to two lengths by running a half-mile in:46.28. My Roxy Girl did her best to close in, but Baby Boss held her safe the whole way.

Baby Boss has already earned more than $95,000 in her first four starts.

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In a stunning upset at 62-1 odds thanks to a great ride by David Cohen, VIP Stables’ Vip Nation, making his turf debut, upset 6-5 favorite Purely Lucky and John Velazquez by three-quarters of a length in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $66,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $80,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies Saturday. Vip Nation won in a final time of 1:45.16 to give Cohen and trainer Gary Contessa their second victory of the afternoon.

Pauseforthecause, sent off at odds of 4-1 with Rajiv Maragh riding, finished third, just a neck behind Purely Lucky. Goodbye Brockley, who went off at 7-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished fourth, one length behind Pauseforthecause.

J.D. Stuart, P.C. Bance and A.R. Enterprises bred Vip Nation, a daughter of Paynter out of Sweet N Sour Nina by Sweetsouthernsaint who finished fourth on dirt at 22-1 odds in her previous start on April 12th.

Cohen, riding Vip Nation for the first time, got him away third as 9-2 gray Breezy Gal and Jose Lezcano set the pace under pressure from Pauseforthecause through a pokey half-mile in :50.17. Then Pauseforthecause took the front as Vip Nation rallied and Purely Lucky looked to get untracked behind horses.

Cohen shot Vip Nation up on the inside of Pauseforthecause, who continued to fight on gamely through three-quarters in 1:14.43. Purely Lucky finally got going on the extreme outside as Vip Nation took a narrow lead on Pauseforthecause. Vip Nation kept going and had enough left to hold off Purely Lucky, who finished fast too late.

Vip Nation is now one-for-one on grass. She’s one-for-eight on dirt with four seconds, for total earnings topping $90,000.

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Flawlessly ridden by Manny Franco, James Riccio’s five-year-old mare Hay Field surged past odds-on Pink Twist and John Velazquez in the final 200 yards to win Saturday’s opener, a one-mile $66,000 New York-bred allowance, by a neck in a final time of 1:36.95. Hay Field, who improved her record off the claim by Riccio to two-for-two, was sent off at odds of 3-1 and Pink Twist, who broke a step slow, was 1-5 in the field of five.

Unbridledadventure, who went off at 13-1 odds from the rail with Rajiv Maragh aboard, finished third, five lengths behind Pink Twist. Frosty Gal, sent off at 10-1 odds with Travis McCarthy up, reported home fourth.

Brereton Jones bred Hay Field, a daughter of Haynesfield out of My Indian by Indian Charlie who is now trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Riccio claimed Hay Field for $25,000 when she finished second under Kendrick Carmouche on February 23rd. Englehart added blinkers to Hay Field and switched riders to Franco on March 18th, and Hay Field won an open starter allowance by a head at 4-1 odds.

Hay Field dropped back to last early Saturday as Frosty Gal, 31-1 Beyond Discreet, with Eric Cancel up, and Pink Twist scrimmaged for the early lead. Racing on the far outside, Pink Twist took the lead after a half-mile in :47.37 as Hay Field began her strong rally.

After three-quarters in 1:12.15, Pink Twist opened a near-two-length lead on Hay Field, who had advanced into second. Pink Twist fought on gamely, but Hay Field maintained her momentum and nailed the favorite late.

Hay Field is now three-for-ten on dirt with four seconds. She has also raced twice on turf and has combined earnings topping $120,000.

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Cleverly rated on the front end by Jose Lezcano, Long View Stable’s long-idle four-year-old gelding Horoscope, the 7-5 favorite in a field of nine, cruised to a three-length victory in a $66,000 New York-bred allowance Saturday at Aqueduct. He covered the one-mile distance in 1:34.64.

JJ’s Dreaming, sent off at odds of 7-1 from the outside post under Trevor McCarthy, finished a clear second, nearly five lengths ahead of 8-1 Blame the Thief and Chris DeCarlo. Light the Vow, a 16-1 shot ridden by Dylan Davis, was just another head behind in fourth.

Apache Farm bred Horoscope, a son of Astrology out of Roxie Dancer by Successful Appeal who sold for $75,000 as a two-year-old in 2016 and is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Horoscope hadn’t raced in a year and five days, but Rodriguez had him ready to go.

Lezcano hustled him to the lead on the inside of 22-1 Discreet Mission and Angel Arroyo. Horoscope led Discreet Mission by a half-length to three-quarters of a length through a first quarter in :23.12 and a snappy half-mile in :45.61.

When Discreet Mission couldn’t stay with Horoscope, JJ’s Dreaming, who had been third, advanced into second. JJ’s Dreaming drew within a half-length of Horoscope through three quarters in 1:09.56, but Horoscope had a lot left when Lezcano asked him.

Horoscope spurted away to win comfortably.

Horoscope is now two-for-nine on dirt with four seconds, one third and earnings of more than $130,000.

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In Saturday’s finale, Corms Racing Stable’s three-year-old colt Crossways made a spectacular grass debut, taking a mile-and-a-sixteenth $55,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by five lengths under Dylan Davis. Sent off at 9-2 odds from the rail in a field of 12, Crossways won in a final time of 1:43.80.

Longshot Bad Guy, sent off at odds of 52-1 under Pablo Fragoso, edged 7-2 Collective Effort and Manny Franco by a nose for second. Appealing Briefs, the 8-5 favorite from the extreme outside post under John Velazquez, finished fourth, a length and a half behind Collective Effort.

Mares Rule III and Lansdowne Thoroughbreds bred Crossways, a son of Quality Road out of Miss Nashwan (IRE) by Nashwan who sold for $55,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Danny Gargan.

Crossways made his first two career starts on dirt, finishing second as the 5-2 favorite and seventh as the 3-2 favorite. Kendrick Carmouche rode him in both races.

Crossways broke sharply on the rail, but Davis let the horse directly outside him, 33-1 firster Blue Pride and Hector Diaz, Jr., take the early lead. Blue Pride led by two lengths after a first quarter in :23.45 before Crossways drew within a head through a :48.77 half-mile.

Davis asked Crossways to take over, and he did so with style, quickly opening a gaping eight-length lead. He was on cruise control to the wire.

Crossways’ victory upped his earnings to nearly $50,000 in his first three starts.

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J and M Racing Stable’s freshened homebred, the five-year-old New York-bred gelding Samadi Sky, co-owned by David Samadi and Eleven Racing Stables, surged late to a three-quarter-length victory under Dylan Davis in a 6 ½-furlong $38,000 conditional $25,000 claimer Saturday. Sent off at 7-2 odds as the lone New York-bred in a field of just four, won in a final time of 1:16.70.

Javelin, the 6-5 favorite on the rail ridden by David Cohen, finished a clear second, 3 ½ lengths ahead of 9-5 Proud Zip and Jose Lezcano.

Samadi Sky was making his first start for new trainer Edward Barker, who replaced Bobby Barbara after Samadi Sky finished eighth at 5-1 odds in a $25,000 claimer in his last start on January 25th under Paco Lopez. Barker freshened Samadi Sky and switched riders to Dylan Davis, who gave Samadi Sky a perfect ride in a tricky race.

Davis settled Samadi Sky in a clear three-wide third as Proud Zip led and Javelin chased in second through a slow quarter in :24.23 and a half-mile in :47.11. Then Davis sent up Samadi Sky to challenge the top pair. Javelin took a narrow lead between horses, but Samadi Sky kept coming on his outside. Samadi Sky struck the lead inside the sixteenth pole and slowly inched away to win.

Samadi Sky is now three-for-16 on dirt with three seconds and two thirds. He also has one third from two turf tries, for total earnings of $165,000.

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Charging down the center of the track under David Cohen, Empire State Thoroughbreds’ eight-year-old New York-bred gelding Pegasus Red blew by favored Nominal Dollars and Manny Franco to capture a $32,000 open $16,000 claimer by 2 ¼ lengths Saturday. Sent off at odds of 5-1 in the field of eight, he covered the one-mile distance in 1:36.89.

Nominal Dollars, who went off at 9-5 odds, saved second, a length and a quarter in front of 5-1 New York-bred Jet Black and Jose Lezcano. Another New York-bred, 5-1 Taoiseach and Trevor McCarthy, finished another 2 ¼ lengths back in fourth.

Thomas Dushas bred Pegasus Red, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus out of Raise a Carter by Dr. Carter who is trained by Gary Contessa. Pegasus Red was dropping off a fourth-place finish in a longer New York-bred $25,000 claimer under Paco Lopez on April 7th.

Cohen got Pegasus Red away in mid-pack as Jet Black took the field to a first quarter in :23.74 and a half-mile in :47.00. Then Nominal Dollars rushed up to take the lead as Pegasus Red began to close after three-quarters in 1:11.30.

Nominal Dollars tried holding on to his lead but couldn’t withstand Pegasus Red, who powered past him for an impressive victory.

Pegasus Red improved his dirt record to six-for-56 with 12 seconds and seven thirds. He also has four thirds from 11 grass starts, for combined earnings of more than $335,000.

 

Morning Breez Sheds Blinkers and Gets the Job Done Friday

Trainer Carlos Martin took the blinkers off of John Caputo and Lady DelPo and The Boys Racing’s colt Morning Breez, and he responded with a 2 ¼-length victory Friday in a 6 ½-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $80,000 claimer for three-year-olds. Sent off the 2-1 favorite in a field of six, Morning Breez won in a final time of 1:17.20.

Front-running Comeoncomeoncat, sent off at odds of 36-1 from the rail under Junior Alvarado, held on for second, a neck ahead of 5-2 What a Catch and John Velazquez. Velazquez claimed foul on Comeoncomeoncat for interference in mid-stretch, but the stewards let the original order of finish stand. Presence of Mind, who was adding Lasix and went off at 7-1 odds with Eric Cancel aboard, finished fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind What a Catch.

Hart Farm and Rhapsody Farm bred Morning Breez, a son of Morning Line out of Tico Breeze by Carson City who sold for $65,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016. Martin added blinkers in Morning Breez’s previous race on March 23rd, when he finished a front-running third at 1-5 odds under Manny Franco.

Without them Friday, Morning Breez got away third as Comeoncomeoncat quickly took a two-length lead on What a Catch and maintained it through a half-mile in :45.80. Ortiz sent Morning Breez up to challenge for the front. He took over past mid-stretch and finished strongly to the wire.

Morning Breez has done little wrong in his career, with two victories, two seconds and three thirds from eight starts, for earnings of more than $135,000.

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Kendrick Carmouche rallied Drawing Away Stable’s three-year-old gelding Anything Pazible to a half-length victory over Barefoot Angel and Eric Cancel in a $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer Friday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.72. Anything Pazible was sent off at odds of 9-2 and Barefoot Angel went off at 4-1 odds in the field of 10.

Front-running gray Merger of Banks, sent off at 7-1 odds under Hector Diaz, Jr., finished third, a length and a quarter behind Barefoot Angel while two lengths clear of 7-2 Leading Storm and Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Mockingbird Farms and Spotted Pony LLC bred Anything Pazible, a son of Mission Impazible out of Lightning Pace by Regal Classic who sold for $55,000 as a two-year-old a year ago and is trained by Robert Falcone, Jr. Anything Pazible was dropping off a sixth-place finish in a maiden $40,000 claimer under Jeremy Rose in his prior start on March 24th.

Carmouche settled Anything Pazible in mid-pack as Merger of Banks set the pace while chased by Barefoot Angel though an opening quarter-mile in :22.91. Around the far turn, Barefoot Angel and Anything Pazible advanced two- and three-wide, respectively. After a half-mile in :46.85, both Barefoot Angel and Anything Pazible passed Merger of Banks, with Anything Pazible proving the stronger of the two closers in the final 300 yards.

Anything Pazible is now one-for-seven on dirt with one third and more than $30,000 in earnings.

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He had to work hard to do it, but Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred four-year-old colt Can You Diggit prevailed as the 2-5 favorite under Junior Alvarado in a field of seven Friday, winning a mile-and-an-eighth $70,000 New York-bred allowance wire-to-wire by a length and three quarters in a final time of 1:49.70.

Calculated Risker, sent off at odds of 13-1 from the rail under Irad Ortiz, Jr., closed well to finish second, 7 ½ lengths ahead of 6-1 Charming Indy and Paco Lopez. Zabaione, a 22-1 shot piloted by Angel Arroyo, finished just another head back in fourth.

Jimmy Jerkens trains Can You Diggit, a son of Tiznow out of Mineralogist by Mineshaft who had finished second in his previous three starts, two of them in stakes.

Alvarado sent Can You Diggit to the lead from the five post and he nursed a narrow lead on 5-1 Blugrascat’s Smile and Manny Franco through three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.99. When Blugrascat’s Smile called it a day, Charming Indy took a run at Can You Diggit, who disposed of him after a mile in 1:37.57. There was one more challenge from Calculated Risker, but Can You Diggit had enough left to win by nearly two lengths.

Can You Diggit is now three-for-15 on dirt with six seconds, two thirds and earnings of a tad under $300,000.

 

Homebred What the Luck Wins $100,000 Maiden Debut Thursday

Ice Wine Stable’s homebred New York-bred colt What the Luck streaked to the lead under Dylan Davis and never looked back, taking Thursday’s opener at Aqueduct, a 4 ½-furlong $100,000 maiden special weight for two-year-olds, by three lengths. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of seven first-time starters, What the Luck won in a final time of :51.99.

Social Fan, part of the 2-5 Todd Pletcher-trainer entry ridden by John Velazquez, closed well for second, nearly two lengths clear of 25-1 Candys Delight and Jevian Toledo in third.

Wesley Ward, who is winning with a stunning 25 percent of his two-year-olds, trains What the Luck, a son of Lookin At Lucky out of Magic Reider by Majesticperfection who followed five works on synthetic at Turfway Park with a solid four-furlong move in :49 on dirt at Keeneland April 13th.

What the Luck and Candys Delight broke 1-2 from the two outside posts, quickly clearing their five opponents. What the Luck stretched a half-length lead on Candys Delight after an opening quarter-mile in :22.79 to two lengths by running a sharp half-mile in :45.81. Candys Delight couldn’t stick with him and Social Fan charged into second, but What the Luck was long gone, winning comfortably in a promising debut.

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Sunrise Stable and Golden Goose Enterprise’s homebred three-year-old colt Ucantcatchmybreath backed up his 4-5 odds with a dominant eight-length victory under Irad Ortiz, Jr. in a $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer. He covered the one-mile distance in 1:38.48.

Beach Access, sent off at odds of 22-1 under Dylan Davis, finished second, a length and a half ahead of 23-1 Holycowits Patrick and Mike Luzzi. Our American Star, a 21-1 shot ridden by Pablo Fragoso, finished a distant fourth.

Rudy Rodriguez trains Ucantcatchmybreath, a son of Heavy Breathing out of Qualionne by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) who was making just his second start on a fast track. He began his career by finishing fourth and a distant second on sloppy tracks, then was second by a nose under Paco Lopez on March 24th.

Riding Ucantcatchmybreath for the first time Thursday, Ortiz got him away third in the field of nine behind dueling leaders Our American Star and Raging Fire, who went off at 6-1 odds under Abel Lezcano. Our American Star put away Raging Fire after a half-mile in :46.52. Ortiz sent Ucantcatchmybreath after the front-runner around the far turn.

Ucantcatchmybreath blew past Our American Star and quickly drew away after hitting three-quarters in 1:12.17.

Ucantcatchmybreath was in hand crossing the finish line utterly by himself, upping his earnings to more than $35,000 in four starts.

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With a perfectly timed rally under John Velazquez, Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable’s idle four-year-old gelding Psychic Energy got up in the final strides to edge Dr. Shane and Kendrick Carmouche by a long nose in a $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Thursday. He completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.73. Psychic Energy, who was making his first start since December 8th, was the 3-1 favorite in the field of 10, while Dr. Stone, who was adding blinkers, went off at 4-1 odds.

Heavy Meddle, sent off at odds of 9-2 from the rail with Junior Alvarado up, and 9-2 Banana Thief, who lacked room in deep stretch under Javier Castellano, dead-heated for third, a length behind Dr. Shane.

Thomas/Burleson bred Psychic Energy, a son of Freud out of Go Ask Daisy by Mutakddim who is trained by Linda Rice. A gem of consistency, Psychic Energy had finished fourth or better in his final eight starts last year, including a two-length victory under Velazquez and a close third under Irad Ortiz, Jr. in his final two starts as a three-year-old. The red-hot Rice did a superb job getting Psychic Energy ready for his first start in more than four months against a salty group of turfers.

Velazquez got Psychic Energy away sixth as Heavy Meddle set the pace with Dr. Shane sitting second on his flank through a half-mile in :46.54. Then Dr. Shane took over as a pack of closers drew in.

Dr. Shane fought them all off, but couldn’t withstand one final surge from Psychic Energy, who just got up.

Psychic Energy is now three-for-11 on grass with three seconds and one third. He also has one second from two dirt races, for combined earnings topping $160,000.

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Charging down the center of the track under seven-pound apprentice Winston Kay, Anthany and Susan Beadnell’s homebred four-year-old filly She’sakittykat rallied to win Thursday’s finale, a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, by 2 ½ lengths. Dispatched at 18-1 odds, She’sakittykat won in a final time of 1:12.28.

Big Expense, the 9-5 favorite in a field of 10 ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, led late but had to settle for second, one length ahead of 13-1 You Promise and Abel Lezcano. Tequila Sunday, sent off at odds of 12-1 under Eric Cancel, finished just another head back in fourth.

Jim Ferraro trains She’sakittykat, a daughter of Girolamo out of One Wise Cowgirl by Wiseman’s Ferry who finished seventh by 25 ¼ lengths in her prior start on March 25th at 7-2 odds under Abel Lezcano.

Kay got She’sakittykat away in mid-pack as Marie’s Warrior, who was adding Lasix and blinkers and went off at 41-1 odds from the rail under Pablo Fragoso, opened a four-length lead as Big Expense chased in second through a half-mile in :46.75.

When Marie’s Warrior tired, Big Expense took over as She’sakittykat rallied into second. She’sakittykat powered past the favorite to win going away.

She’sakittykat is now one-for-nine with one second and two thirds, for earnings of more than $40,000.

 

Orchid Party Wins Her Third Straight at 6-1 Wednesday

Talk about a lack of respect. Ignoring Ben Mondello’s Orchid Party’s two handy victories in her last two starts, bettors sent her off at 6-1 odds under Javier Castellano Wednesday at Aqueduct in a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies. All she did was win again, by a length and a half, in a final time of 1:10.80.

Front-running Camorra, the 6-5 favorite in the field of seven ridden by Junior Alvarado, settled for second, two lengths clear of 5-1 Puffery and Rajiv Maragh. Rachel’s Blue Moon, sent off at odds of 8-1 under Mike Luzzi, checked in another length and a half back in fourth.

ZBS Thoroughbreds bred Orchid Party, a daughter of Desert Party out of Star Orchid by Successful Appeal who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Mondello claimed Orchid Party for $50,000 when she finished a front-running fourth in her career debut on November 24th at 4-1 odds. She finished second by a half-length in her first start for her new connections, then won a maiden $40,000 claimer by 2 ½ lengths on February 17th. She made it two straight on March 4th, taking an open starter allowance by three lengths. Alvarado rode her to both victories, but opted to ride Camorra Wednesday.

Riding Orchid Party for the first time, Castellano got her away in mid-pack as Camorra took the field to a first-quarter in :22.51 and a half-mile in :46.14. By then, Orchid Party had advanced into second.

Orchid Party overpowered Camorra and drew away late for another victory. She is cross-entered in Saturday’s Park Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series.

Orchid Party is now three-for-five with one second and earnings topping $100,000.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s idle homebred three-year-old gelding Forward Motion took the early lead under Manny Franco, surrendered it, and then regained the front with a strong middle move to win a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass by a length and a half. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of 10, Forward Motion won in a final time of 1:10.32 on the “good” outer turf course.

Lem Me Tel Ya, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano, edged 7-1 firster Scatsuku and Junior Alvarado by a neck for second. There was a 5 ¼-length gap back to 14-1 Pequeno Grande and Irad Ortiz, Jr. in fourth.

This race, the fourth on Wednesday’s card, race marked the return of 56-year-old former top rider Robbie Davis to the saddle. Now a trainer, Davis rode Dublin Green, a horse he owns and trains. Sent off at 30-1 odds, Dublin Green stumbled badly at the start and finished far back. Davis, riding for the first time in five years, has won 3,882 races in his 20-year career.

Linda Rice trains Forward Motion, a son of Mission Impazible out of Satin Sheeks by Elusive Quality. Forward Motion was making just his third career start. He made his debut on turf November 30th, finishing a rallying third at 4-1 odds under Jose Ortiz. Rice switched Forward Motion to dirt, and he finished a tiring fifth under Irad Ortiz, Jr. as the 4-5 favorite on December 22nd.

Franco shot Forward Motion to the lead, one he relinquished to 99-1 Won’t Be Missed and Abel Lezcano after a :23.72 first quarter-mile. Won’t Be Missed opened a two-length lead, but Forward Motion made a quick rush to regain the front after a :47.05 half-mile.

Forward Motion then opened a two-length lead and won with plenty left. In doing so, he increased his earnings to nearly $45,000 in just three starts.

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Newtown Anner Stud’s four-year-old homebred filly Princess Akris struck the lead past mid-stretch and drew away to a 3 ½-length victory under Angel Arroyo in a $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer Wednesday. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of eight, Princess Akris won in a final time of 1:39.40.

Scripted, also sent off at odds of 5-2 from the rail under Dylan Davis, led late but finished second, nearly two lengths clear of 31-1 Mazmania and Pablo Fragoso. There was a four-length gap back to 7-1 Forever Rising and Abel Lezcano in fourth.

Miguel Vera trains Princess Akris, a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday out of Akris Queen by Arch who finished second by a neck in his prior start on March 2nd.

Arroyo let Princess Akris settle in fifth as Lucky Bug, the 8-5 favorite piloted by Irad Ortiz, Jr., set the pace: a quarter in :23.75 and a half-mile in :47.70. Then Scripted quickly swept to the lead as Princess Akris advanced into third. Scripted opened a clear lead but couldn’t hold off Princess Akris, who powered past her in the final sixteenth of a mile.

Princess Akris is now one-for-three on dirt with one second. She also has one second from two turf tries, for total earnings of more than $25,000.

 

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