Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: May 10 to 13

Danebury Scores Wire-to-Wire in Sunday Allowance

By Bill Heller

Co-owner/trainer Charlie Baker and Michael Foster’s five-year-old gelding Danebury, rated beautifully on the front end by Joel Rosario, took a one-mile $65,000 New York-bred allowance by 2 ½ lengths on a muddy track at Belmont Park Sunday afternoon. Sent off at 8-1 odds in the field of nine, Danebury won in a final time of 1:36.10.

Speke, sent off at odds of 5-1 under John Velazquez, chased in second the whole way and finished 8 ¼ lengths clear of 7-2 Honor Up and Junior Alvarado. New gelding Born for a Storm, who went off at 7-2 odds from the outside post under Jose Ortiz, reported home a distant fourth.

Eaton & Thorne bred Danebury, a son of Super Saver out of That’s Ok by Not For Love who was dropping into New York-bred allowance company off a distant fourth-place finish at 10-1 odds in an open $75,000 stakes.

Rosario, who had never ridden Danebury, sent him to the front from the six post, and he had to work hard to keep a nose in front of Speke through a quick :22.68 opening quarter-mile. Danebury stretched his cushion to one length by running a testing half-mile in :45.64.

But Danebury still had plenty left and he bumped his margin to three lengths, hitting three-quarters in 1:10.31. He stayed strong all the way to the wire.

Danebury improved his record to three-for-12 with two seconds, one third and just under $130,000 in earnings.


Five Cs Stable’s four-year-old gelding Carthon dueled favored Santo Antonio into defeat, then drew away to an impressive 5 ¼-length victory under Manny Franco in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Sunday. He covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.20. Carthon was sent off at 6-1 odds and Santo Antonio was the even-money favorite in the field of six.

Panic Attack, who went off at odds of 2-1 under Pablo Fragoso, rallied to finish second, one length ahead of Santo Antonio and Irad Ortiz, Jr. But Panic Attack was disqualified and placed fourth for twice carrying out first-time starter Local Counsel, who had finished fourth at 5-1 odds with John Velazquez aboard, in deep stretch. The DQ moved Santo Antonio up from third to second and Local Counsel from fourth to third.

Dr. William Wilmot and Dr. Joan Taylor bred Carthon, a son of Tapizar out of Naughty Natisha by Known Fact who sold for $105,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in November 2015 and is trained by Gary Sciacca. Carthon was stepping back up to a maiden special weight off an improved second-place finish in a maiden $40,000 claimer at 11-1 odds on April 11th.

Franco, Carthon’s sixth different jockey in his seventh career start, got him away second from the five post as Santa Antonio took the lead from the three post. Santo Antonio led Carthon by a half-length after a first quarter in :23.29, then by just a neck after a half-mile in :46.45.

Then Carthon took charge, putting away the favorite and opening a clear lead. He maintained the margin to the finish line to win handily.

Carthon now has a win and a second in seven starts, for earnings of more than $50,000.


S and P Stable’s 26-1 three-year-old New York-bred filly Caoimhe dove to the inside of 5-1 Desirous and Kendrick Carmouche in deep stretch, and got up in time to win a seven-furlong $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer by a short neck. That gave jockey Rajiv Maragh and trainer Gary Sciacca their third and second victory of the day Sunday, respectively.

First Tomoe, the 3-5 favorite in the field of seven ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished third, 2 ¾ lengths behind Desirous. New York-bred Madeline’s Hope, sent off at odds of 7-1 under David Cohen, finished a distant fourth.

Cedar Ridge Farm bred Caoimhe, a daughter of Dublin out of Cameo Mio by Belong to Me who sold for just $5,000 in 2015. Caoimhe was dropping in claiming price from $25,000 to $16,000 off a dull seventh-place finish with blinkers added at 38-1 odds on April 20th.

Caoimhe settled in fifth as Desirous, who was shedding blinkers, set the pace under heavy pressure from First Tomoe through a first quarter in :22.28 and a half-mile in :46.02. When Desirous put away First Tomoe, she looked home free with a two-length lead in mid-stretch. Then Caoimhe arrived on the scene on her inside. Caoimhe kept coming and got up in the final 100 yards to win in a final time of 1:26.26.

Caoimhe is now two-for-eight with one third and earnings topping $50,000.


Guyana Rocky’s three-year-old gelding Guy American Dream disputed the early lead with longshot Casa Rae and Pablo Fragoso, took over when asked by Rajiv Maragh and went on to a length-and-a-half victory in a $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, covering the 6 1/2 furlong in 1:19.44. That gave Rajiv Maragh a sweep of Sunday’s daily double. Guy American Dream was sent off at odds of 7-2 and Casa Rae went off at 48-1 odds in the field of eight.

Our American Star, sent off at 14-1 odds under Trevor McCarthy, edged 6-1 Can’tweallgetalong and Junior Alvarado by a neck for second. Barefoot Angel, the 6-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Jose Ortiz, finished fourth, a length and three quarters behind Can’tweallgetalong.

First Class Thoroughbreds bred Guy American Dream, a son of Freud out of Taffy Pull by Candy Stripes who sold for $18,000 as a two-year-old in May 2017 and is trained by Randi Persaud. Guy American Dream finished fourth by a neck in his previous start on April 28th.

Breaking sharply from the six and seven posts, respectively, Casa Rae and Guy American Dream got away first and second. Casa Rae led Guy American Dream narrowly after an opening quarter-mile in :22.60. Then Guy American Dream struck the front, hitting the half-mile in :46.81.

Guy American Dream opened a length-and-a-half lead and maintained it all the way to the finish line.

Guy American Dream is now one-for-four on dirt with one third. He’s also raced once on turf and has combined earnings of more than $25,000.


NY Final Furlong Racing Stable’s freshened three-year-old gelding Banker’s Island turned a close race into a rout in Sunday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer, winning coast-to-coast by 10 ½ lengths under Kendrick Carmouche. Sent off the 2-1 second choice in a field of seven, Banker’s Island won in a final time of 1:45.05.

Leading Storm, the slight 2-1 favorite under Manny Franco, finished second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 15-1 Clonedsimmard and Dylan Davis. Thank You So Much, sent off at 7-2 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

Fedwell Farms bred Banker’s Island, a son of Shackleford out of Stand On Top by Peaks and Valleys who sold for $62,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Michael Dilger. Banker’s Island finished fifth at 6-1 odds in his previous start under Joe Rocco, Jr. on March 24th.

Breaking from the rail, Banker’s Island had to work hard to keep a head lead on 7-2 Latin Love Bug and Javier Castellano through a first quarter in 23.37 and a half-mile in :46.61.

Then Banker’s Island said goodbye to the field, hitting three-quarters in 1:12.02 with an expanding three-length lead. Carmouche geared down on him late, but he was utterly alone when he crossed the finish line.

Banker’s Island is now one-for-five on dirt and zero-for-one on grass.


Voodoo Song Guts Out a Nose Victory in Open Allowance Score

In an incredible display of courage, Barry Schwartz’s homebred, the New York-bred speedster Voodoo Song, fought back on the inside under John Velazquez to beat undefeated favorite American Guru and Irad Ortiz, Jr. by a nose in a $96,000 turf allowance Saturday at Belmont Park. He covered the seven-furlong distance in 1:20.54 on the “good” Widener turf course. Voodoo Song was sent off at odds of 9-2 and American Guru went off at 3-5 odds in the field of seven.

Tombelaine, who went off at 7-2 odds under Luis Saez, took a narrow lead on the top pair in mid-stretch but weakened very late to finish third, a half-length behind American Guru.

Linda Rice trains Voodoo Song, a son of English Channel out of Mystic Chant by Unbridled’s Song who finished a front-running fourth by a length and a quarter in his four-year-old debut, his first start in 5 ½ months, on April 11th under Jose Lezcano. Lezcano reportedly suffered a concussion in a training accident, so Rice reached out to Velazquez, who delivered a flawless ride on a horse he’d never ridden before.

Voodoo Song broke on top from the three post while American Guru, who broke from the five post, set up on his flank in second. Breaking from the seven post, Tombelaine was a three-wide third, a length behind the two front-runners.

Voodoo Song led American Guru by a half-length after a :22.22 first quarter-mile, but couldn’t shake him despite running a half-mile in a swift :44.64. American Guru drew even with Voodoo Song, and Tombelaine joined them. Tombelaine stuck a nose in front of American Guru, with Voodoo Song a nose farther back on the rail in deep stretch.

Then Voodoo Song fought back on the inside as American Guru continued to battle him and Tombelaine weakened just a bit in the final 200 yards.

Voodoo Song simply refused to let American Guru by, holding on to a narrow edge all the way to the finish line.

Voodoo Song improved his outstanding turf record to six-for-nine with one second. He also has one second from four dirt races, for total earnings of more than $460,000.


Still five lengths behind in mid-stretch, Alan Brodsky’s idle five-year-old new gelding The JY, sent off at 10-1 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, rallied past 12-1 front-running Changewilldoyagood and Dylan Davis to win a mile-and-a-sixteenth $80,000 New York-bred turf allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by a half-length Saturday. The JY won in a final time of 1:40.38 on the Widener turf course, which had been upgraded from “good” to “firm.”

Changewilldoyagood held second, 3 ¼ lengths clear of 26-1 Samadi Sky and Tyler Baze. The gray Inheritthewind, who went off at odds of 5-1 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., was just another head behind in fourth.

Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding bred The JY, a son of Discreet Cat out of Without Delay by Seeking the Gold who is trained by Mark Hennig. Hennig did a great job getting The JY ready for his first start since November 24th, when he finished seventh at 14-1 odds.

The JY broke first, but settled in fourth as Changewilldoyagood took a narrow lead on the outside of Cloontia, the 5-2 favorite ridden by Jose Ortiz. Changewilldoyagood led Cloontia by just a head after an opening quarter-mile in :23.14, then by a half-length after a half-mile. Then Changewiidoyagood took charge, putting away Cloontia and opening a three-length lead after three-quarters in 1:10.09.

Changewilldoyagood stretched his lead to five lengths in mid-stretch before The JY, who had rallied into second, found another gear. The JY unleashed a furious rally to win going away late.

The JY is now three-for-11 on grass with one second. He also is one-for-six on dirt, for total earnings topping $175,000.


Arturo Vargas’ idle Panamanian shipper Arthur’s Hope, sent off at 4-1 odds under Junior Alvarado despite his eight-for-11 lifetime record, turned away every challenger to win his North American debut, a seven-furlong $75,000 New York-bred allowance, gate-to-wire by 2 ½ lengths in Saturday’s opener, which was delayed 37 minutes. Arthur’s Hope won in a final time of 1:23.76 on the “muddy” main track.

H Man, the 3-2 favorite on the rail in the field of five ridden by Manny Franco, rallied to finish second, two lengths ahead of 2-1 Proletariat and Kendrick Carmouche. There was a 2 ¾-length gap back to 5-1 Prophet’s Cat and Dylan Davis.

Monhill Farm bred Arthur’s Hope, a four-year-old colt by Smart Bid out of Prom Dance by Citidancer who sold for $22,000 at the Keeneland Yearling Sale in September 2015. Now trained by Marco Salazar, Arthur’s Hope posted eight victories from 10 starts in Panama, including a half-length score on January 14th, his last race before coming to America. Salazar added blinkers and Lasix, and Arthur’s Hope responded with a huge effort.

He broke sharply from the three post Saturday, leading Proletariat by a length after an opening quarter-mile in :23.04. Proletariat drew within a half-length of Arthur’s Hope after a half-mile in :46.40, but Arthur’s Hope put him away and stretched his lead to nearly three lengths. H Man, who had rallied from third into second, took a run at Arthur’s Hope, but Arthur’s Hope put him away as well.

Now nine-for-12 with two seconds, Arthur’s Hope has earned more than $85,000.


Flying down the center of the course under Manny Franco, Burning Daylight Farms’ three-year-old colt Sparky collared extreme longshot Whiskey Run and Chris DeCarlo in deep stretch and drew away to a two-length victory in a six-furlong $72,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the turf Saturday. Sent off at 4-1 odds from the extreme outside post in a field of 11, Sparky won in a final time of 1:09.05 on the “good” inner turf course.

Whiskey Run, adding blinkers in his turf debut, held on for second at odds of 100-1, a head in front of 5-1 Lem Me Tel Ya and Javier Castellano. Throw the Deuce, sent off at 14-1 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished just another neck back in fourth. Whiskey Run paid $75 to place.

Eaton & Thorne bred Sparky, a son of Shanghai Bobby out of Handlewoman by Elusive Quality who sold for $35,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Jimmy Toner. Sparky was making just his third career start following a seventh-place finish on dirt and a fourth-place finish on grass on April 22nd, when he was disqualified and placed seventh for impeding another horse.

Franco got Sparky away seventh as the horses breaking from the two and three posts – 18-1 My Mr. Wonderful, with Luis Saez aboard, and Whiskey Run – hooked up immediately on the front end. My Mr. Wonderful led Whiskey Run by a half-length after a fast opening quarter-mile in :21.92. Whiskey Run then took the lead by a length, hitting the half-mile in a sizzling :45.99.

At that point, Sparky was still seventh.

Whiskey Run opened a two-length lead in mid-stretch as Sparky, angled to the far outside, started a powerful rally. Sparky passed all six horses in front of him to win going away.


Blurred Line Wins a Thriller in Friday’s Opener

In an absolute thriller in Friday’s opener at Belmont Park, Morris Bailey’s new claim, the four-year-old gelding Blurred Line – the even-money favorite in a field of nine ridden by Kendrick Carmouche – got his nose down on the finish line to edge the gray Pirelli Tower, sent off at odds of 5-1 from the rail under Trevor McCarthy, in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass. Front-running Zechariah, the 9-5 second choice ridden by Jose Ortiz, finished third, a length behind Pirelli Tower while 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 7-1 Ten Eyck and Eric Cancel.

Sequel Thoroughbreds and Cheryl Prudhomme bred Blurred Line, a son of Girolamo out of Fast Heart by Lion Heart who sold for $55,000 as a two-year-old in May 2016 and is now trained by Danny Gargan. Bailey claimed Blurred Line for $50,000 when he finished third by four lengths in a maiden claimer at 5-2 odds at Gulfstream Park on March 8th.

He earned his maiden victory the hard way, battling head-to-head the entire mile and a sixteenth.

Blurred Line broke well from the six post and settled just off Zechariah, who shot to the front from the three post. Zechariah led by a neck to a half-length through an opening quarter-mile in :24.81, a half-mile in :49.32 and three-quarters in 1:12.94. Pirelli Tower was perfectly placed in third, a length to 2 ½ lengths behind the dueling leaders.

Blurred Line surged to almost even terms with Zechariah in mid-stretch as Pirelli Tower joined the front-end fight. Blurred Line finally subdued Zechariah in deep stretch as Pirelli Tower reached even terms with him. Blurred Line and Pirelli Tower crossed the wire in tandem with bobbing noses deciding the winner in a final time of 1:42.39. The photo revealed Blurred Line had won by a nose.

Blurred Line now has a victory and three thirds in four starts, all on grass, for earnings of nearly $50,000.


Joan Kalina’s three-year-old filly firster Pumpernickel Basil raced in second under Rajiv Maragh, fell back to third, then rallied to win a 6 ½-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer by a length and a half going away. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of seven, Pumpernickel Basil won in a final time of 1:19.53.

Princess Maeve, sent off at odds of 9-2 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. riding, finished a clear second, nearly four lengths ahead of Megalopsychia, the 8-5 favorite ridden by David Cohen. You Promise, who went off at 9-2 odds from the rail under Abel Lezcano, checked in fourth, a head behind Megalopsychia.

Dutchess Views Farm bred Pumpernickel Basil, a daughter of Midshipman out of Sadietheprettylady by Phone Trick who sold for $22,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Michelle Nevin. Pumpernickel Basil showed 10 modest works for her debut, but she took quite a bit of late money to go off the second favorite.

She broke first but was quickly passed by Classy Cara, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 8-1 odds under Lose Lezcano. Classy Cara spurted to a two-length lead through a :23.63 first quarter, then stretched the margin to three lengths after a half-mile in :47.31.

But Pumpernickel Basil, who had faded back to third, rallied strongly on the outside of Princess Maeve, who also rallied. Both passed the tiring frontrunner, with Pumpernickel Basil proving strongest in the final 200 yards.


Catch a Cab Catches Front-Runner, Wins Second Straight

Confidently ridden by Jose Ortiz, Gary Barber’s four-year-old gelding Catch a Cab ran down front-running favorite Elenzee and Javier Castellano past mid-stretch and drew off to a second straight victory at Belmont Park Thursday. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of nine, Catch a Cab won a seven-furlong $65,000 New York-bred grass allowance by two lengths in a snappy final time of 1:20.84.

Elenzee, the 7-5 favorite, held well for second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 7-2 Outrageous Bet and David Cohen. Callant, a 40-1 shot piloted by Hector Diaz, Jr., checked in fourth, another length and three-quarters behind.

Big Z Thoroughbreds bred Catch a Cab, a son of Proud Citizen out of Gypsy Cab Company by Elusive Quality who sold for $100,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Mark Casse. Catch a Cab was stepping up to winners off a three-length score in a maiden $40,000 claimer on April 29th as the 6-5 favorite with Ortiz riding for the first time.

On Thursday, Ortiz settled Catch a Cab towards the rear as Elenzee took the lead immediately while Callant and 17-1 River Knight, with Trevor Simpson aboard, alternated in second and third through a fast pace: a quarter-mile in :22.37 and a half-mile in :44.82.

By then, Catch a Cab had split horses to advance from eighth to fifth. Ortiz then angled Catch a Cab to the far outside as Elenzee spurted away to a two-length lead. Catch a Cab exploded when let loose on the far outside, and he rocketed past the favorite to win going away.

Catch a Cab is now two-for-six on turf with one second. He also has one third from four dirt tries, for combined earnings of more than $90,000.


In a furious flying finish under Jose Ortiz, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s idle four-year-old filly Theaterintheround edged Spring Drama by a neck in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Thursday. She completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.83. Theaterintheround was sent off at odds of 7-2 and Spring Drama, adding Lasix under Joel Rosario, went off at 3-1 odds in the field of 10.

New Pass, who went off at 4-1 odds with Javier Castellano aboard, finished third, one length behind Spring Drama while three-quarters of a length ahead of 10-1 Danielle’s Pride and Manny Franco.

Brewster Ranch bred Theaterintheround, a daughter of Majesticperfection out of Little Theater by Theatrical (IRE) who sold for $210,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Chad Brown. Theaterintheround was making just her second career start after finishing third by two lengths at 8-5 odds in her debut last June 2nd. Credit Brown for having her ready for a tough return more than 11 months later.

Theaterintheround broke third but dropped back to eighth early as 83-1 first Fancycase and Jose Lezcano led 11-1 Quietly Quick and Trevor McCarthy by a head through splits of :25.14, :49.04 and 1:14.53.

Then both New Pass and Theaterintheround rallied on the extreme outside around the far turn. They both passed the dueling leaders quickly, with Theaterintheround a bit stronger on the outside of New Pass. Then Spring Drama came on the scene late, but Theaterintheround held on to win.


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