Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: June 14 to 20

Jc’s Shooting Star Rallies for Open Grass Allowance Victory

By Bill Heller

Powering down the center of the turf course under Manny Franco, Shooting Star Stable’s six-year-old New York-bred mare Jc’s Shooting Star rallied to a three-quarter-length victory over favored New York-bred Fire Key in a six-furlong $85,000 grass allowance/optional $80,000 claimer Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Park. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of six, Jc’s Shooting Star won in a sharp final time of 1:07.54 to push her career earnings to more than a half-million dollars.

Fire Key, the even-money favorite making her five-year-old debut under Paco Lopez, finished a game second, a neck ahead of 6-1 front-runner Miss Gossip (IRE) and Kendrick Carmouche.

Miracle Man Racing Partners bred Jc’s Shooting Star, a daughter of Miracle Man out of American Passage by Quiet American who is trained by David Donk. Jc’s Shooting Star was dropping into open allowance company off a fourth-place finish in the Mount Vernon Stakes for New York-breds on May 20th.

Franco settled Jc’s Shooting Star in fifth as Miss Gossip (IRE) set the pace with Fire Key chasing in second. Miss Gossip (IRE) led Fire Key by a length and a half after a first quarter-mile in :22.12 before Fire Key drew within three-quarters of a length through a :45.11 half-mile.

Fire Key kept edging closer to Miss Gossip (IRE) through the stretch as Franco set Jc’s Shooting Star loose on the far outside. Fire Key kept the pressure on the tenacious Miss Gossip (IRE) and wore her down late, but Jc’s Shooting Star shot past her in the final 200 yards to win.

Jc’s Shooting Star is now four-for-17 on grass with three seconds and one third. She also has one win, five seconds and seven thirds from 19 dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $525,000. As a NY-sired NY-bred, she earned a $15,300 breeder award and a total of $30,600 in breeder, owner and stallion owner awards in this race alone. In her career, in addition to her purses, she has earned a total of $187,995 in breeder, owner and stallion owner awards.

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Niall Brennan, Michael Ryan and Mike Anderson Racing’s idle three-year-old colt More Than a Saint took control in early stretch, opened a four-length lead and then held off fast-finishing longshot Bad Guy and Pablo Fragoso by a neck to win Wednesday’s finale, a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass. He completed the one-mile distance in 1:34.98. More Than a Saint was sent off at odds of 5-1 and Bad Guy went off at 26-1 odds from the extreme outside post in a field of 12.

The gray Pirelli Tower, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished third, two lengths behind Bad Guy while a neck ahead of 7-1 gray Singapore Trader and Javier Castellano.

Aynsford Holdings bred More Than a Saint, a son of More Than Ready out of St Francis Wood by Irish River (FR) who is trained by Brad Cox. Cox did an outstanding job getting More Than a Saint ready for his first start in almost four months.

More Than a Saint finished a distant fifth in a New York-bred maiden special weight on November 11th, then finished second by three-quarters of a length in an open maiden special weight at the Fair Grounds on February 17th.

Carmouche hustled More Than a Saint into second from the 10 post as Lem Me Tel Ya, who was adding blinkers and went off at 7-1 odds under Luis Saez, set the pace: a first quarter in :23.09 and a half-mile in :46.16.

Then More Than a Saint took over, opening a four-length lead in mid-stretch as Bad Guy rallied boldly into second. Bad Guy quickly closed in, but More Than a Saint had enough left to hold on.

Now with a win and a second from three starts, More Than a Saint has earned more than $45,000.

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Preferred Pals Stable and Wachtel Stables homebred three-year-old colt It’s Hot Out shadowed front-running Royal Heist, took the lead readily when asked by Irad Ortiz, Jr. and rolled to 4 ½-length victory in a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Wednesday at Belmont Park. Dispatched at 7-2 odds in the field of eight, It’s Hot Out won in a final time of 1:11.45.

First-time starter Light the Posse, sent off at odds of 12-1 under Mike Luzzi, rallied for second, a half-length ahead of Royal Heist, who went off at 2-1 odds from the rail with Kendrick Carmouche aboard. New gelding Leap to Glory, sent off at 3-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished just a nose behind Royal Heist in fourth.

Chris Englehart trains It’s Hot Out, a son of Bluegrass Cat out of Its Tuesday by Take Me Out who had finished second in his last four starts.

Ortiz, riding It’s Hot Out for the first time, settled him in second from the two post as Royal Heist shot to the lead on the rail. Royal Heist led It’s Hot Out by a half-length after an opening quarter in :22.46.

When Ortiz asked It’s Hot Out for more he took the front, hitting the half in :45.96. It’s Hot Out spurted away impressively through the stretch to an easy victory.

With a win and four seconds from six starts, It’s Hot Out has earned more than $65,000.

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James Riccio’s four-year-old New York-bred filly Ribbonite, sent off the 7-5 favorite under Kendrick Carmouche, out-dueled New York-bred Tee Up for the early lead and went on to a game length-and-a-half victory in a $36,000 conditional $25,000 claimer Wednesday. She completed the six-furlong distance in 1:11.50.

Tee Up, sent off at 6-1 odds under Javier Castellano, chased in second the whole way and finished second, nearly two lengths clear of 24-1 New York-bred My Girl Annie. Yet another New York-bred, She’sakittykat, who went off at odds of 23-1 with Pablo Fragoso in the saddle, was another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

Monhill Farm bred Ribbonite, a daughter of Griffinite out of Western Lariat by Western Expression who sold for $25,000 as a two-year-old in April 2016 and is now trained by Danny Gargan.

Riccio claimed Ribbonite for $25,000 on April 20th, when she finished a tiring fifth under Dylan Davis. In her first start for her new connections on May 10th, she was a hard-fought fourth under Joe Bravo.

Breaking from the adjoining seven and eight posts, Tee Up and Ribbonite got away first and second. Tee Up pushed a head in front of Ribbonite hrough a :23.04 first quarter-mile before Ribbonite edged ahead, hitting the half-mile in :46.70. Ribbonite finally cleared Tee Up and continued on with good energy to maintain the lead.

Ribbonite is now two-for-14 on dirt with two seconds and one third. She also has three grass starts and has total earnings of more than $145,000.

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Flashing huge improvement in his second start back, owner/trainer George Weaver’s four-year-old gelding Irish Marauder made the early lead on the rail under Rajiv Maragh and never looked back, drawing away to an impressive 8 ¼-length score in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer. Sent off at 3-1 odds in a field of just five in Wednesday’s opener, Irish Marauder won in a final time of 1:47.24.

Dublin Leprechaun, sent off at odds of 7-2 with Abel Lezcano riding, finished a clear second, almost five lengths ahead of Leading Storm, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Manny Franco. The Vow Is Lit, who went off at 2-1 odds under Eric Cancel, checked in a distant fourth.

Petaluma Bloodstock and Windmill Manor Farm bred Irish Marauder, a son of Dublin out of Esther Got Even by Steven Got Even who sold for $40,000 as a yearling in October 2015. Irish Marauder made three starts as a two-year-old before returning to the races for his four-year-old debut on May 13th, when he ran an okay fifth at 9-1 odds. The race off the lengthy layoff obviously helped.

Riding Irish Marauder for the first time, Maragh hustled him to the front, and he had to work to take a head lead over Leading Storm two-wide and Dublin Leprechaun three-wide through an opening quarter-mile in :23.99. Irish Marauder stretched his advantage to three-quarters of a length by running a half-mile in :47.09, then kissed the competition goodbye. Maragh eased up on Irish Marauder late, but he still won by daylight.

Irish Marauder now has a win and a third from five starts, and more than $25,000 in earnings.

 

Stolen Pistol Rallies for Grass Allowance Score Sunday

Brad Grady’s idle homebred three-year-old gelding Stolen Pistol, co-bred by Misty Grady, made a breathtaking wide rally around the far turn under Luis Saez and outfinished Shiraz and Kendrick Carmouche to take a six-furlong $65,000 New York-bred grass allowance by a half-length Sunday at Belmont Park.

Stolen Pistol was sent off at odds of 9-1 and Shiraz was the 2-1 favorite on the rail in the field of 10.

Front-running Starry Messenger, who went off at 58-1 odds under Dylan Davis, gamely held on for third, three-quarters of a length behind Shiraz. Sparky, sent off at 6-1 odds with Jose Lezcano up, finished another length and a quarter back in fourth.

Joe Sharp trains Stolen Pistol, a son of New Year’s Day out of Pistolpackinsenora by Closing Argument who hadn’t raced since finishing ninth under Saez in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park on December 9th. Previously, he’d made just one grass start vs. New York-breds when he won a maiden special weight last August 17th at Saratoga, also under Saez.

Saez got him away eighth as Starry Messenger set the pace under heavy pressure from Sparky through a quick opening quarter-mile in :21.74 and a testing half-mile in :44.41 as Stolen Pistol came flying on the far outside into contention.

Starry Messenger dug in on the front end as Sparky tired and both Stolen Pistol on the far outside and Shiraz, who split Starry Messenger and Sparky, surged. Stolen Pistol maintained his momentum and gained the lead in the final 200 yards to win in a final time of 1:07.67.

Stolen Pistol is now two-for-six on turf with one third. He has also raced twice on dirt and has total earnings of more than $90,000.

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Louis Corrente’s three-year-old gelding Flipped ran down front-running gray Merger of Banks to make the lead, then gamely held off Our American Star by a neck to win Sunday’s opener, a six-furlong $35,000 New York-bred maiden $30,000 claimer, under Jose Ortiz. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of seven, Flipped won in a final time of 1:10.45.

Adirondack Star, sent off at odds of 10-1 under Kendrick Carmouche, had to settle for second, almost three lengths clear of Barefoot Angel, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 2-1 odds with Joel Rosario riding. Merger of Banks, who also went off at 2-1 odds under Dylan Davis, held on for fourth, 2 ¼ lengths behind Barefoot Angel.

Hidden Lake Farm and Anthony Grey bred Flipped, a son of Power Broker out of Brave the Storm by Storm Cat who sold for $40,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Robertino Diodoro. Flipped finished second by six lengths in his previous start with Ortiz aboard for the first time on May 24th.

Merger of Banks made the early lead and Ortiz settled Flipped in second. Merger of Banks led Flipped by a length and a half through a :23.50 first quarter-mile, but Flipped drew within a half-length after a :46.35 half-mile.

Then Flipped took the lead as Our American Star rallied boldly into second. Our American Star closed ground steadily, but Flipped gamely held him off all the way to the wire.

Flipped now has a win and three seconds from six dirt starts. He’s also raced once on grass and has combined earnings of more than $45,000.

 

Picco Uno Dominates in the Dancin Renee Stakes Saturday

Jockey Manny Franco changed tactics on Kennesaw Mountain Racing’s freshened five-year-old gray mare Picco Uno and she responded with a powerful performance on the front end, taking the sixth running of the six-furlong $125,000 Dancin Renee Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares by four lengths Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of six, Picco Uno won in a final time of 1:09.66.

Cozzy Spring, sent off at 7-2 odds under Dylan Davis, finished second, a half-length ahead of Holiday Disguise, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado. There was a six-length gap back to 7-2 Absatootly and Joe Bravo in fourth.

Topsmeade and Adena Springs Farm bred Picco Uno, a daughter of Macho Uno out of Piccola Isola by Western Expression who is trained by Jason Servis. Servis freshened Picco Uno off an even fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap, in which she was beaten six lengths by Holiday Disguise on April 6th.

Franco sent Picco Uno hard from the three post, and she cleared Cozzy Spring to lead by a length after a first quarter-mile in :22.25. Cozzy Spring drew within a head of Picco Uno around the far turn, but when Franco asked Picco Uno for more, she spurted away quickly after a half-mile in :45.23.

Picco Uno continued strongly to the wire to win by herself.

“Coming into the race, the plan was to break out of there and get involved early,” Franco said. “Jason wanted to be right there up front. Thankfully it worked out getting on the lead, and she did everything from there easy.”

Picco Uno is now seven-for-17 with four seconds, two thirds and earnings of more than $410,000.

“She had a really good breeze the other day, so we thought we’d take a shot,” Servis said. “She ran a really great race and we’re just thrilled.”

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Daniel Feiss’ five-year-old gelding Dr. Shane shot to the lead on the rail under Kendrick Carmouche and dominated six rivals Saturday, taking a seven-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by 4 ¾ lengths in a fast final time of 1:19.44. Dr. Shane was the 2-1 favorite.

Banana Thief, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., nipped 5-2 Changewilldoyagood and Rajiv Maragh by a neck for second. Manofire, who went off at 18-1 odds with Jose Ortiz aboard, finished fourth, a neck behind Changewilldoyagood.

Dutchess Views Farm bred Dr. Shane, a son of Freud out of French Link by Orientate who is now trained by Danny Gargan after being conditioned by Nicholas Esler. In his first two starts for Gargan, both under Carmouche, Dr. Shane finished second by a nose on grass and then second by a length and three-quarters on a sloppy track in an off-the-turfer.

Using the rail to his advantage, Dr. Shane took the front immediately. He had to work hard, though, to lead Changewilldoyagood by a half-length after a first quarter-mile in :22.60. Dr. Shane stretched his lead to three-quarters of a length by running a half-mile in a posted time of :43.57.

Rather than tire, Dr. Shane opened up, winning easily.

Dr. Shane is now one-for-eight on turf with two seconds and a pair of thirds. He also has two wins, six seconds and four thirds from 17 dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $410,000.

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Trainer Christophe Clement added blinkers to Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s four-year-old homebred, the New York-bred filly Timely Tradition, and she won Saturday’s opener, a one-mile $25,000 open $12,500 claimer, by 4 ½ lengths under Dylan Davis. Sent off at 4-1 odds in the field of seven, Timely Tradition won in a final time of 1:38.00.

Patriotic Endeavor, sent off at odds of 3-1 under Manny Franco, edged 3-1 Arewehavingfunyet, who was also adding blinkers under Luis Saez, by a neck for second.

Clement had removed Timely Tradition’s blinkers in her previous start on May 15th in her four-year-old debut, when she finished a distant third on a sloppy track under Manny Franco.

Davis got her away fourth Saturday as Ritzy Lass, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., set a reasonable pace: a quarter in :22.94 and a half-mile in :46.34. Then Timely Tradition roared up on the far outside, advancing into second after three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.88.

Timely Tradition blew past the favorite and drew off, winning handily.

Timely Tradition improved her dirt record to three-for-six with one third and earnings topping $85,000.

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Benefitting from a fine ride by Rajiv Maragh, Thomas Priola’s three-year-old gelding Moses Supposes tracked front-running Casa Rae and Dalton Brown, took over when asked, then gamely held off heavily favored Ferrad’s Party and Joel Rosario by a head to win Saturday’s finale, a $41,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:09.16. Moses Supposes, making his turf debut in his second career start, was sent off at odds of 8-1 in the field of 12.

Ferrad’s Party, the even-money favorite, settled for second, 3 ¼ lengths clear of 18-1 Casa Rae. Causeforcelebration, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-2 odds under Dylan Davis, checked in fourth, a length and a half behind Casa Rae.

Blue Flight, LLC bred Moses Supposes, a son of Desert Party out of Princess Tish by Eltish who sold for $17,000 as a two-year-old in March 2017 and is trained by Tom Morley. Moses Supposes made his debut on dirt in a maiden special weight on May 5th, and finished sixth at 9-2 odds under Edgar Prado. Morley freshened Moses Supposes, switched him to grass and dropped him into a maiden claimer.

Breaking from the adjoining six and seven posts, Casa Rae and Moses Supposes got away 1-2. Casa Rae led Moses Supposes by a half-length after a :22.65 opening quarter-mile, then by three-quarters of a length through a :45.90 half-mile. Moses Supposes then took over as Ferrad’s Party rallied from fourth into second.

Ferrad’s Party charged at Moses Supposes, but Moses Supposes refused to wilt in deep stretch and gamely held on.

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With incredible ease, Drawing Away Stable’s three-year-old filly Reata’s Reward backed up her 1-5 odds with an in-hand, 6 ¾-length victory under Kendrick Carmouche in a $35,000 New York-bred $30,000 claimer. She completed the six-furlong distance in 1:11.66.

Gentle Annie, sent off at 19-1 odds from the outside post in a field of eight under Pablo Fragoso, finished a clear second, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of 8-1 A Song for Sue and Dylan Davis. Princess Mikayah, a 65-1 shot piloted by Talbert Howell, reported home a distant fourth.

Cypress Bend Farm bred Reata’s Reward, a daughter of Warrior’s Reward out of Reata’s Quik Punch by Two Punch who is trained by Robert Falcone, Jr. Reata’s Reward was claimed for $50,000 in her career debut when she finished second as the 2-1 favorite last September 21st. She finished second again in her final start as a two-year-old in a maiden special weight, then sixth on a sloppy track in her three-year-old debut on May 19th, again in a maiden special weight. Bettors pounded her Saturday with the drop back into a maiden claimer.

Breaking well from the two post, Reata’s Reward took the lead from the only filly inside of her, 5-1 Princess Maeve and Irad Ortiz, Jr., through a :23.69 opening quarter-mile. Reata’s Reward stretched her lead to 2 ½ lengths by running a half-mile in :46.86 and then poured it on, giving Carmouche his second of four victories Saturday.

With a victory and a pair of seconds from four starts, Reata’s Reward has earned more than $40,000.

 

Luzinski Lights Up the Toteboard at 39-1 Friday

Rallying on the far outside from last in a field of seven under Pablo Fragoso, Alex Kazdan’s four-year-old New York-bred gelding Luzinski outran his 39-1 odds with a half-length victory over 2-1 New York-bred Anything Pazible and Joel Rosario in a $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer Friday at Belmont Park. He completed the six-furlong distance in 1:11.86.

Ripe, sent off at odds of 5-2 with David Cohen riding, finished third, 2 ½ lengths behind Anything Pazible while a length and a half ahead of another 2-1 New York-bred, Money Laundering and Kendrick Carmouche.

Matties Racing bred Luzinski, a son of Flashy Bull out of Lady Louise by Stalwart who is trained by Norman Follett. Kazdan claimed Luzinski for $16,000 on April 29th, when he finished eighth. Luzinski made his first two starts for his new connections on turf, finishing ninth and seventh.

Fragoso let Luzinski get away last before moving up to sixth after 15-1 New York-bred Buss the Bell and Angel Arroyo set a reasonable pace: a first quarter-mile in :22.79. Buss the Bell took a two-length lead by running a half-mile in :46.32 before tiring.

By then, Luzinski had rallied six-wide into contention. Continuing his momentum on the far outside, Luzinski hit the front as Anything Pazible, who had been last, rallied strongly while drifting out a bit. Luzinski held him off to win.

Luzinski is now two-for-11 on dirt with one second, one third and earnings of just under $50,000.

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Silvino Ramirez’ four-year-old gelding Fiery Opal collared JJ’s Dreaming inside the sixteenth pole and went on to his third straight victory Friday, taking a one-mile $65,000 New York-bred allowance by 2 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:35.66 under Javier Castellano. Both horses went off at 2-1 odds in the field of six.

JJ’s Dreaming held on to be a clear second, nearly 10 lengths ahead of 13-1 Carthon and Manny Franco. Honor Up, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado, was just another nose back in fourth.

SF Racing bred Fiery Opal, a son of Gemologist out of Impending Storm by Mineshaft who sold for $200,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2015 and is now trained by Antonio Arriaga. Fiery Opal was shipping in from Parx, where he won a $25,000 claimer and a starter allowance easily in his prior two starts.

Fiery Opal raced in last as 17-1 Special Story and Angel Arroyo took the field to a :45.91 half-mile. Then JJ’s Dreaming rallied from fifth to take the front as Fiery Opal moved up quickly on the outside. The two separated themselves from the others, and Fiery Opal proved clearly best.

Fiery Opal is now four-for-13 on dirt with two seconds, two thirds and earnings of just under $120,000.

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Glencrest Farm’s three-year-old filly Take Charge Audrey took charge in early stretch and rocketed to a 9 ¼-length victory under David Cohen as the 3-2 favorite in a field of seven contesting a mile-and-sixteenth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight.

The Great Johanna, sent off at odds of 6-1 under Joe Bravo, finished second, two lengths clear of 12-1 March Two Madness and Paco Lopez. There was a 2 ¾-length gap back to Mrs. Orb, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 5-2 odds with Jose Ortiz up.

SF Bloodstock bred Take Charge Audrey, a daughter of Take Charge Indy out of Dr. Zic by Milwaukee Brew who is trained by Bruce Levine.

Take Charge Audrey was making just her third career start. After finishing fourth in her debut on March 23rd, she was second by a nose under Cohen with blinkers added on May 19th. She took another major step forward Friday.

Cohen got Take Charge Audrey away fifth as 19-1 Lightworker, with Junior Alvarado aboard, Mrs. Orb and March Two Madness dueled on the front end. March Two Madness worked her way to the lead after three-quarters in 1:12.06 as The Great Johanna advanced on the far outside. Take Charge Audrey had rallied into fourth by then.

Cohen sent Take Charge Audrey inside the leaders, and she took over and opened up immediately. She drew off impressively to win in a final time of 1:43.61.

Take Charge Audrey now has a win and a second from three starts, for earnings of more than $50,000.

 

Dezzer Holds Off Charlie McCoy in Allowance Thriller Thursday

With utter determination, Joseph Besecker’s three-year-old colt Dezzer, ridden by Jose Ortiz, held off 15-1 Charlie McCoy and Manny Franco by a desperate head to notch his second straight victory in a $65,000 New York-bred allowance Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park. He went off as the 8-5 favorite and completed the six-furlong distance in 1:10.52. Dezzer and Charlie McCoy ran 1-2 the entire race.

Proletariat, sent off at odds of 9-1 in the field of 10 under Kendrick Carmouche, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Charlie McCoy while a neck ahead of 5-1 H Man and John Velazquez.

Hidden Lake Farm and Anthony Grey bred Dezzer, a son of Desert Party out of Lady Dora by Lord At War (ARG) who sold for $10,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Jorge Navarro.

Dezzer began his career with a 3 ¼-length victory in a New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer at Belmont on October 13th. His final start at two came in a division of the $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Series, in which he finished a front-running, badly tiring sixth on December 17th.

Dezzer returned to the races at Monmouth Park on May 20th, when he dead-heated for an 11 ¾-length victory in a $30,000 claimer.

Ortiz, riding Dezzer for the first time, sent him immediately to the lead from the two post. The only horse inside him, Charlie McCoy, got away a length and a half behind Dezzer in second before moving up to race on his outside flank after a first quarter-mile in :22.50.

Then Dezzer and Charlie McCoy went head-to-head. Dezzer led by a head after a half-mile in :45.58 before Charlie McCoy drew even, and may have put a nose in front, as they continued to battle through deep stretch. Dezzer fought back and got a head in front, and he remained in front in a courageous effort.

Now three-for-four in his career, Dezzer has earned more than $75,000.

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Racing more like a seasoned pro than a first-time starter under Jose Ortiz, CTR Stable’s Native Dawn drew off to a near-six-length score in Thursday’s opener, a 5 ½-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of six firsters, Native Dawn won in a final time of 1:06.70.

Princess Pinky, sent off at odds of 5-2 with John Velazquez riding, finished second, a length and a half clear of the gray She’s Trouble, the 7-5 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr. who made a remarkable rally after just standing in the starting gate when the doors opened. Damselfly, who went off at 8-1 odds under Manny Franco, also had a slow start and finished fourth, one length behind She’s Trouble.

Kingsport Farm and Hidden Lake Farm bred Native Dawn, a daughter of Morning Line out of Imanativenewyorker by Harlan’s Holiday who sold for just $7,000 as a yearling at Saratoga last August and is trained by Mark Casse.

Native Dawn got away third as All Right With Me, sent off at 9-2 odds from the rail under Luis Saez, dueled with Princess Pinky through an opening quarter in :23.08 and a half-mile in :47.09. Princess Pinky put away All Right With Me but was immediately confronted by Native Dawn. Native Dawn shot past Princess Pinky, opened up impressively and won easily while geared down late.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred three-year-old filly Out of Orbit returned to dirt and powered to a four-length victory under Luis Saez in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Thursday. She completed the six-furlong distance in 1:11.39. Coupled with Bromans’ first-time started In Denile, Out of Orbit went off at 5-1 odds in the field of seven.

Front-running Missbigtimes, who was shedding blinkers and went off the 3-2 favorite with Manny Franco aboard, finished second, a neck ahead of 5-2 firster Makin’ Out and Jose Ortiz. In Denile rallied to finish fourth, four lengths behind Makin’ Out.

Phil Serpe trains Out of Orbit, a daughter of Malibu Moon out of Kibosh by Discreet Cat who finished 12th with blinkers added on grass in her prior start under Jose Lezcano on April 27th. Serpe freshened his filly and switched surfaces and jockeys, and Out of Orbit rewarded those decisions with a powerful performance.

Missbigtimes broke on top and Saez set up Out of Orit on her flank. Missbigtimes led Out of Orbit narrowly through a first quarter-mile in :23.13 and a half-mile in :46.58. Then Saez cued Out of Orbit and she took the front readily and opened up quickly on the way to an impressive victory.

Out of Orbit is now one-for-four on dirt with one second. She’s also made two turf tries and has combined earnings of more than $50,000.

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Charles Engel’s homebred, the New York-bred Codrington, adding blinkers under Manny Franco, ran down front-running favorite La Piu Bella, opened a two-length lead in mid-stretch and held on for a one-length victory in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $53,000 open $32,000 claimer on the grass for three-year-old fillies Thursday. Codrington, sent off at odds of 5-2 in the field of seven, won in a final time of 1:42.98.

New York-bred Vip Nation, who went off at 4-1 odds under David Cohen as part of an entry, rallied strongly to grab second, 1 ¾ lengths clear of 14-1 gray Pure Magic and Javier Castellano. New York-bred gray Miss Jen, sent off at 6-1 odds with Jose Lezcano up, was just another nose back in fourth.

David Donk trains Codrington, a daughter of Courageous Cat out of Notacharlie’sangel by Fappie’s Notebook who was dropping into open claimers off a ninth-place finish in a New York-bred allowance on May 28th.

Codrington raced in fourth early as La Piu Bella, the even-money favorite piloted by Irad Ortiz, Jr., opened a two-length lead through a :25.09 opening quarter-mile. La Piu Bella stretched her cushion to three lengths by running a half-mile in :49.10. She still was in front after three-quarters in 1:14.28 before tiring badly.

Codrington charged past her and opened a two-length lead. She had plenty left to hold on for the victory,

Codrington is now two-for-eight with one second and one third on grass, for earnings of more than $105,000.

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LRE Racing’s idle eight-year-old gelding Mobridge made a spectacular, extremely wide sweep around the far turn and went on to a length-and-three-quarter victory under Junior Alvarado in a one-mile $44,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer Thursday. Dispatched at 7-2 odds in the field of seven, Mobridge won in a final time of 1:34.36.

Vincento, sent off at odds of 4-1 with Manny Franco riding, edged Hidden Vow, the even-money favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., by three-quarters of a length for second. There was a near-five-length gap back to 4-1 Tiz a Chance and Luis Saez in fourth.

Oak Bluff Stables and Christophe Clement bred Mobridge, a son of Indygo Shiner out of River Nore by Archers Bay who is trained by Bill Mott. Credit Mott with doing an outstanding job getting Mobridge ready for his first start since September 21st, when he finished sixth in a similar spot.

Alvarado settled Mobridge in fifth early as 15-1 Manifest Destiny and Tzeonn Chang battled Tiz a Chance on the front end through a half-mile in :48.50.

Then Mobridge came flying around horses on the far turn, gaining the lead at the top of the stretch. Mobridge opened a two-length advantage and cruised home.

Mobridge improved his all-turf record to seven-for-23 with two seconds, four thirds and earnings of more than $285,000.

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In a seven-furlong $36,000 conditional $25,000 claimer Thursday, Bond Racing Stable’s five-year-old New York-bred gelding Cavallotto, trained by Jim Bond, ran down favored Truly a Moon Shot and went on to a three-quarter-length victory under Dylan Davis. Sent off at 6-1 odds in the field of seven, Cavallotto won in a final time of 1:23.94.

New York-bred Sicilia Mike, sent off at 9-2 odds from the rail under Pablo Fragoso, nipped Truly a Moon Shot, who went off at even money under Irad Ortiz, Jr., by a half-length for second. New York-bred Pirate’s Treasure, the 2-1 second choice ridden by Angel Arroyo, reported home another 5 ½ lengths back in fourth.

Song Hill Thoroughbreds bred Cavallotto, a lightly raced son of Tizway out of Princess Dixie by Dixie Brass who finished a close seventh in a $40,000 claimer on the grass in his prior start May 10th.

Cavallotto raced in fourth early as Truly a Moon Shot tried going coast-to-coast. After nursing a narrow lead through a :46.70 half-mile, Truly a Moon Shot opened a three-length lead. By then, both Cavallotto and Sicilia Mike were rallying quickly.

Cavallotto wore down the favorite in deep stretch, then held off Sicilia Mike.

Cavallotto is now two-for-three on dirt. He also has one third from three turf tries, for total earnings of more than $45,000.

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