Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: July 11 to 15

Maiden Beauty Wins Her Debut in a $100,000 Stakes Sunday

By Bill Heller

Powering to the lead in deep stretch, Pines Stables, John Irwin, Paul Zysset and Sam Arci’s Maiden Beauty won her career debut by 3 ¼ lengths under Joel Rosario in the fifth running of the six-furlong $100,000 Lynbrook Stakes for two-year-old New York-bred fillies on closing day Sunday at Belmont Park. Sent off at 22-1 odds in the field of eight, Maiden Beauty won in a final time of 1:13.41 on the sloppy track.

Another first-time starter, 7-2 Tossup with Joe Bravo, edged Midnitesalright, who was adding blinkers and went off at 9-2 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, by a head for second. The gray She’s Trouble, sent off at odds of 3-1 under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished just another head back in fourth.

Sandy Glenn Stables bred Maiden Beauty, a daughter of Revolutionary out of Alpha Charlie by Eddington who sold for $40,000 in April and is trained by Gary Contessa. Maiden Beauty showed good speed in several of her seven works for her debut, but was ignored at the windows. “She’s been training really well,” Contessa said.

Rosario got her away fifth as 4-1 Native Dawn and Jose Ortiz took the field to a first quarter in :22.80 and a half-mile in :47.25. When Native Dawn tired, Maiden Beauty pounced to take the front and draw away.

“She was a first-time starter, but very professional,” Rosario said. “She finished very strong.”

Maiden Beauty becomes both the first winner and first stakes winner for Revolutionary.

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Javier Castellano rallied Peter Brant’s four-year-old New York-bred filly Fifty Five past her front-running entrymate Quidura and Jose Ortiz to win a one-mile $85,000 grass allowance/$80,000 claimer by a neck in a final time of 1:37.65 on the yielding Widener turf course. The entrymates were sent off at odds of 1-5 in the field of five.

Delectation, who went off at 5-1 odds under John Velazquez, finished a distant third, 5 ¼ lengths behind Quidura.

Empire Equines bred Fifty Five, a daughter of Get Stormy out of Soave by Brahms who is trained by Chad Brown. Fifty Five finished second in her first two starts this year, losing her last race by a neck as the even-money favorite under Castellano.

Castellano let Fifty Five settle in last in the small field Sunday as Quidura took the field to a :49.67 half-mile. Castellano sent Fifty Five up on the far outside around the far turn, but she still had work to do as Quidura opened a two-length lead in mid-stretch.

Fifty Five closed relentlessly and nailed Quidura in the final 200 yards.

Fifth Five is now five-for-13 with three seconds and four thirds in her all-grass career, for earnings topping $450,000.

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James Riccio’s five-year-old mare Hay Field ran down unbeaten Byself in the final sixteenth of a mile to win a $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by one length Sunday under Joe Bravo. She completed the seven-furlong distance in 1:25.72 on the sloppy track. Hay Field was sent off at odds of 3-1 and Byself was the even-money favorite under Jose Ortiz in the field of five.

No Hayne No Gain, sent off at 7-1 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Byself. Held Accountable, who went off at 5-2 odds under Luis Saez, checked in a distant fourth.

Brereton Jones bred Hay Field, a daughter of Haynesfield out of My Indian by Indian Charlie who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Hay Field finished second on a sloppy track in her previous start under Manny Franco on May 27th.

Hay Field got away last as 10-1 Tiznow’s Smile and Eric Cancel nursed a small lead on Byself through a half-mile in :47.06. Byself then took the front as Hay Field rallied on the far outside into third.

Hay Field maintained her momentum and ran down Byself, who had won her first two career starts.

Hay Field is now four-for-12 on dirt with five seconds. She also has two turf tries, for total earnings of more than $175,000.

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Sackatoga Stable’s four-year-old filly Frosty Gal struck the lead in mid-stretch under John Velazquez and went on to a 1 ¾-length victory in a seven-furlong $65,000 New York-bred grass allowance Sunday. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of six, Frosty Gal won in a final time of 1:25.60 on the yielding turf.

Spring Folly, the 2-5 favorite on the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 5-1 Peril and Manny Franco. Forever Daisy, who was adding blinkers and went off at 8-1 odds under Jose Ortiz, came in fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind Peril.

James Lamonica, Lee Sacks and Soave Stable bred Frosty Gal, a daughter of Frost Giant out of Nick’s Honor by Jump Start who sold for $80,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Barclay Tagg. Frosty Gal was returning to turf off a close fourth-place finish on dirt under David Cohen on June 13th.

Velazquez got Frosty Gal away fifth as 38-1 Puparee and Dalton Brown battled with 21-1 Birthday Gift and Eric Cancel on the front end through a half-mile in :47.61.

Velazquez sent Frosty Gal up on the far outside around the far turn, and she took over just past mid-stretch and drew away to a clear lead, one she never relinquished.

Frosty Gal is now one-for-three on turf. She also has one win, two seconds and a pair of thirds from 11 dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $125,000.

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Swishing her tail through deep stretch, Lawrence Goichman’s homebred three-year-old filly Ascender rallied to a length-and-a-half victory under John Velazquez in a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Sunday. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite in a field of eight, Ascender won in a final time of 1:40.53 on the yielding turf.

The gray Danielle’s Pride, sent off at odds of 3-1 under Manny Franco, finished second, a length and a half ahead of 9-1 firster That’s Smart and Jose Lezcano. Barrel of Destiny, who was adding blinkers and went off at 4-1 odds from the rail with Kendrick Carmouche aboard, finished just another half-length back in fourth.

Michelle Nevin trains Ascender, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of Dean Henry by Empire Maker who was making just her second career start. She finished a rallying seventh as the 5-2 favorite under Javier Castellano in her debut on June 2nd.

Ascender raced in sixth early as 8-1 Lets Dance Some Mo and Junior Alvarado set the pace under pressure from 27-1 Handle With Care and Luis Saez through a first quarter-mile in :23.61 and a half-mile in :49.27.

Around the far turn, the pack closed in on the front-runners. The horses closing best were Ascender and Danielle’s Pride. Ascender made the lead past mid-stretch and then edged away while continually swishing her tail at the opposition.

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Upland Farm’s homebred three-year-old gelding Ten Eyck made a spectacular far-outside sweep of horses around the far turn under Eric Cancel and went on to an emphatic eight-length victory in a $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass Sunday. He completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46.14 on the yielding turf. Sent off the 2-1 second choice in a field of 12, Ten Eyck was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time.

Joe’s Smokin Gun, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Dylan Davis, finished second, two lengths clear of 9-1 Run for Boston and Jose Lezcano. Longshot Last Chant, sent off at odds of 65-1 with Pablo Fragoso up, was just another nose back in fourth.

Tom Morley trains Ten Eyck, a son of Freud out of Old City by City Zip who finished a rallying sixth in a maiden special weight in his prior start on June 20th.

Cancel, who has ridden Ten Eyck in all six of his starts, let him settle far back early as 6-1 American Ninja and Luis Saez set the pace under pressure from 6-1 Space Captain and Manny Franco through a half-mile in :48.67.

The two front-runners continued their battle around the far turn as Ten Eyck rushed up on the extreme outside to join them. Ten Eyck took over at the top of the stretch and blew the competition away, winning utterly isolated at the finish line.

Ten Eyck is now one-for-six in his all-turf career with one second and earnings of more than $40,000.

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Robert Valerei’s idle homebred, the three-year-old colt Laura’s Posse, made his three-year-old and dirt debut a rousing success, taking the final race of the Belmont Park summer meet easily on the front end under Joel Rosario at odds of 3-1. Laura’s Posse captured the Sunday finale, a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, by 4 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:12.09 on the sloppy track.

Latin Love Bug, sent off at odds of 4-1 from the outside post in a field of 10, finished a clear second under Mike Luzzi, five lengths ahead of Raging Fire, the 9-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Manny Franco. Wheresthebarber, who was adding blinkers and went off at 6-1 odds under Pablo Fragoso, finished a distant fourth.

Gary Gullo trains Laura’s Posse, a son of Posse out of Laura’s Jewel by Jules whose only race was on turf last October, when he finished 11th in a maiden special weight.

Gullo switched surfaces and dropped Laura’s Posse into a maiden claimer and he dominated on the lead, setting splits of :23.27 and :47.38 before drawing away late.

 

Voodoo Song Caps Schwartz’s Homebred Stakes Double Saturday

Barry Schwartz, the former CEO of the New York Racing Association, thought he was having a pretty good day Saturday when his unbeaten two-year-old homebred La Fuerza won the $100,000 Rockville Center Stakes at Belmont Park. Then his homebred four-year-old gelding Voodoo Song won the fifth running of the one-mile $150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes wire-to-wire under Manny Franco by one length. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of seven, Voodoo Song won in a superb final time of 1:31.67.

Projected (GB), sent off at odds of 4-1 under Joel Rosario, finished second, a neck ahead of 6-1 New York-bred Offering Plan and Javier Castellano. New York-bred Disco Partner, winner of last year’s Forbidden Apple by 3 ¼ lengths, came up empty in the stretch and finished fifth as the even-money favorite under Irad Ortiz Jr.

Linda Rice trains Voodoo Song, a son of English Channel out of Mystic Chant by Unbridled’s Song who finished third in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes in his previous start on June 17th with Ortiz aboard at 9-1 odds.

Franco sent Voodoo Song to the lead from the four post and got away with an extremely soft half-mile in :46.30 while maintaining a lead of a half-length to one length on 14-1 Blind Ambition and Luis Saez.

“He was able to get on the lead and settle,” Rice said. “As a four-year-old, he’s really matured.”

Then Voodoo Song turned on the jets, hitting three-quarters in 1:08.94. He sped to the wire comfortably in front, thanks to an eye-popping second half-mile in :45.37.

“The plan was to let him do what he wanted to,” Franco said. “He always keeps trying. He gave me all he had.”

He usually does, especially on grass. Voodoo Song is now seven-for-11 on turf with one second and one third.  He also has a second from four dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $580,000.

That gave Franco two stakes scores on Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, in an important step forward in his brief career, Schwartz’s homebred colt La Fuerza improved his unblemished record to two-for-two by winning the fifth running of the six-furlong $100,000 Rockville Center Stakes for two-year-old New York-breds by 4 ½ lengths. Sent off the 2-5 favorite in a field of five under Manny Franco, La Fuerza won in a final time of 1:12.27.

Bustin Mach Four, sent off at odds of 6-1 under Luis Saez, finished second, a length and a half ahead of 14-1 firster Red Zinger and Joel Rosario. There was a gap of nearly seven lengths back to the 24-1 gray Hushion and Mike Luzzi in fourth.

A claim of foul by Dylan Davis, rider of 5-2 What the Luck, against Bustin Mach Four was not allowed by the stewards.

Todd Pletcher trains La Fuerza, a son of Flatter out of Jonata by Private Citizen who overcame a bothered start to win his maiden debut by 7 ¼ lengths under Jose Ortiz as the 1-2 favorite on June 22nd. With Ortiz riding at Delaware Saturday, Franco got the call to ride La Fuerza.

Franco let La Fuerza settle in as a close last as Hushion – named for Schwartz’s retired long-time trainer Mike Hushion – took the lead on the rail, nursing a narrow advantage through a first quarter-mile in :22.33 and a half-mile in :46.28.

Franco angled La Fuerza to the far outside for a clear run at the head of the stretch, and he uncorked a powerful rush to take the lead past mid-stretch and draw away without being asked for his best.

“I just tipped him out and he exploded by himself,” Franco said. “He’s a nice horse.”

Now two-for-two, La Fuerza has already earned nearly $100,000.

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Waterville Lake Stables’ four-year-old homebred filly Epping Forest scored her second straight victory and third in her last four starts by running down front-running Malibu Stacy to win an $85,000 turf allowance/optional $80,000 claimer by a length and a half under Joel Rosario. She covered the six-furlong distance in a blazing 1:06.82 to give Rosario his second winner of the day.

Both Epping Forest, who broke from the outside post in the field of six, and Malibu Stacy, breaking from the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr., went off at 9-5 odds.

New York-bred JC’s Shooting Star, sent off at odds of 3-1 under Manny Franco, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Malibu Stacy.

Christophe Clement trains Epping Forest, a daughter of Exchange Rate out of Andraste by Pulpit who won her last start on June 3rd in open company by a length at 2-1 odds.

Rosario got her away fourth Saturday as Malibu Stacy worked hard to maintain a narrow lead on 14-1 Sylphide and Luis Saez through a sizzling pace: an opening quarter-mile in :21.68 and a half-mile in :44.00. By then Epping Forest was gaining ground on the far outside.

Malibu Stacy put away Sylphide but immediately had to deal with Epping Forest. Malibu Stacy was game, but Epping Forest powered past her to score another victory in her stellar all-grass career.

Epping Forest is now six-for-11 with one second, one third and more than $300,000 in earnings.

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Joel Rosario sent August Dawn Farm’s three-year-old gelding Mango M to the lead and he went on to a well-rated length-and-a-half victory in a mile-and-an-eighth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Saturday. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of 12, Mango M won in a final time of 1:47.76.

Bad Guy, sent off at odds of 5-1 under Pablo Fragoso, rallied to finish second, one length ahead of 28-1 Curlin’s Legacy and Manny Franco. Pirelli Tower, the 3-2 favorite on the rail ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., reported home fourth, a neck behind Curlin’s Legacy.

Edition Farm bred Mango M, a son of Tale of the Cat out of Awesome Bull by Holy Bull who sold for $250,000 as a two-year-old in March 2017 and is trained by Shug McGaughey. Mango M finished second by a length in his six-furlong turf debut on June 7th, which was also his first race since October 19th, under Jose Ortiz.

Rosario sent him to the front from the seven post and he cleared 36-1 Fair Archer and Junior Alvarado to lead by a length and a half after a first quarter in :23.99.

Mango M never had an anxious moment the rest of the way, hitting splits of :48.47 and 1:12.75, then opening a 3 ½-length cushion in mid-stretch. He won in-hand late.

Now one-for-two on grass with one second, Mango M also has one third from three dirt races, for total earnings of more than $60,000.

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In Saturday’s opener, the first of consecutive six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimers on the turf for fillies and mares, Loda Luck Stables’ three-year-old filly Lady of Miracles backed up her 3-5 odds on the rail with a powerful performance under Dylan Davis. Lady of Miracles dueled JCS Star into defeat by running a fast half-mile in :44.73, then drew away to win by 5 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:08.43 in a powerful performance.

Catania Rose, sent off at odds of 14-1 in the field of nine under Abel Lezcano, nipped 19-1 Frederica and Pablo Fragoso by a short head for second. There was a length-and-a-half gap back to 44-1 Saturdaynightfling and Mike Luzzi in fourth.

The race was delayed when Third Card Down, 4-1 at the time, reared up behind the starting gate, dumping Rajiv Maragh and taking off. Third Card Down was caught and scratched, and Maragh was up and walking after the incident.

Frank Lodato bred Lady of Miracles, a daughter of Teuflesberg out of Smartgabrielle by Smart Strike who was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time off a tiring eighth-place finish at 23-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche in a maiden special weight on June 23rd, her first start since December 1st. Lady of Miracle’s older half-brother, New York-bred Canarsie Kid, won a race at Belmont Park Friday afternoon.

Davis, riding Lady of Miracles for the first time, got away quickly, as did 2-1 JCS Star and Irad Ortiz Jr. from the eight post. They went head-to-head on the lead through an opening quarter-mile in :22.00 and a half-mile in a quick :44.73.

Then Lady of Miracles said goodbye, drawing away to an impressive victory despite contesting the hot early pace.

Lady of Miracles is now one-for-seven in her all-grass career, with earnings of more than $45,000.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred five-year-old mare Town Fair, sent off the 8-5 favorite under Abel Lezcano, tracked dueling pacesetters Truly Courageous and Gotcha Gabin, took over readily when asked and opened up to win Saturday’s second six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass by 2 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:09.20. Truly Courageous and Jose Lezcano went off at odds of 28-1 and Gotcha Gabin was sent off at 7-2 odds from the extreme outside post in a field of 12.

Smart Throb, a 20-1 shot ridden by Rajiv Maragh, rallied to finish second, a half-length ahead of Truly Courageous in third. Merlins Muse, sent off at 7-2 odds from the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished just another neck back in fourth.

Rodrigo Ubillo trains Town Fair, a daughter of Speightstown out of No Fair by War Chant who was dropping into a maiden claimer off a good third-place finish at 6-1 odds under Dylan Davis on May 29th.

Riding Town Fair for the first time, Abel Lezcano got her away fourth, keeping her in the clear three-wide. In front of her, Truly Courageous and Gotcha Gabin duked it out on the front end through a fast first quarter-mile in :21.75 and a half-mile in :45.10.

Lezcano sent Town Fair up three-wide to join them and she struck the front and opened up, winning easily.

Town Fair is now one-for-10 on grass with two seconds and two thirds. She also has three dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $75,000.

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Jockey Dylan Davis notched his second victory of the day in Saturday’s finale, a six-furlong $32,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, wire-to-wire by 4 ¼ lengths with My Purple Haze Stable’s three-year-old gray filly Troffissio. Sent off at 4-1 odds from the rail in a field of 12, Troffissio was making just her second career start.

Lightworker, who went off at odds of 15-1 under Junior Alvarado, finished well to take second, a length and three-quarters ahead of 6-1 Trinni Ninja and Herman Harkie. Tequila Sunday, sent off at 9-2 odds under Manny Franco, finished fourth, a neck behind Trinni Ninja.

Sequel Stallions and Sandee Schultz bred Troffissio, a daughter of Mission Impazible out of Betroff Tough by Tale of the Cat who sold for $10,000 as a two-year-old and is trained by Chris Englehart. Troffissio made the lead but tired to finish ninth in her debut in a maiden $40,000 claimer at 16-1 odds on June 22nd under Kendrick Carmouche.

Davis hustled her to the lead Saturday and she turned back an early challenge from 99-1 Chenais’ Posse and Luis Reyes through a :22.20 first quarter-mile to win handily.

 

Pat On the Back Wins the Saginaw Stakes

 

 

Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables’ four-year-old colt Pat On the Back shadowed front-running Hit It Once More, took the lead readily when asked by Dylan Davis and posted a 1 ¾-length victory in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $100,000 Saginaw Stakes for New York-breds Friday at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 6-5 second choice on the rail in a field of five, Pat On the Bank won in a final time of 1:41.73.

Wine Not, sent off at odds of 7-1 under Kendrick Carmouche, edged Hit It Once More, who went off at 13-1 odds under John Velazquez, by a half-length for second. There was an eight-length gap back to 3-5 Twisted Tom and Jose Ortiz in fourth.

Twisted Tom was making his first start since winning last year’s Empire Classic on October 21st, his third straight victory and sixth in his last seven starts.

Sugar Maple Farm bred Pat On the Back, a son of Congrats out of Accomplished by Awesome Again who sold for $70,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015. Pat On the Back was making his second start for trainer Jeremiah Englehart after previously being trained by Kenny McPeek. In his first start for Englehart in the $200,000 Commentator Stakes on May 28th, Pat On the Back finished second by a nose to Diversify, who went on to win the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap in his next start.

Davis got Pat On the Back away second as Hit It Once More sped to the lead. Hit It Once More led by a length to 2 ½ lengths through a half-mile in :46.13. Then Pat On the Back closed the gap heading into far turn as Wine Not rallied three-wide.

After three-quarters in 1:10.08, Pat On the Back took over. He opened a clear lead near the sixteenth pole and won comfortably.

“He’s just a fighter,” Davis said after the race. “He’s one of my favorite horses.”

Pat On the Back is now five-for-18 on dirt with three seconds and four thirds. He’s also raced once on grass and has total earnings of more than $530,000.

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Virginia Kraft Payson’s New Jersey shipper Summer Sweet, a four-year-old filly who went off the 5-2 favorite from the rail under Joe Bravo in a six-furlong $65,000 New York-bred grass allowance Friday, found room in mid-stretch and blew past dueling pacesetters Dreams Are Pazible and Shrink for a three-length victory in a sharp final time of 1:07.50. Dreams Are Pazible was sent off at odds of 11-1 under Ruben Silvera and Shrink went off at 74-1 odds from the extreme outside post in a field of 11 with Abel Lezcano aboard.

Saratoga Treasure, sent off at 4-1 odds under Jose Lezcano, rallied to finish second, a length and a quarter clear of 9-1 Spa Treatment and Junior Alvarado. Scripted, who went off at 11-1 odds with Dylan Davis up, finished fourth, three-quarters of a length behind Spa Treatment.

The late Sarah Leigh bred Summer Sweet, a daughter of More Than Ready out of Summer Solstice (IRE) by Caerleon who sold for $550,000 as a two-year-old in January 2016 and is trained by Mike Stidham. Summer Sweet was dropping into New York-bred company off a fourth-place finish at Monmouth Park on June 24th.

Bravo settled her in sixth early as Dreams Are Pazible and Shrink hooked up on the lead immediately, separating themselves from the field by running a first quarter-mile in :21.48 and a half-mile in a blazing :44.07.

The field was strung out behind that pair, which allowed Bravo to gain ground easily towards the inside before angling Summer Sweet to the outside. Once he did, she exploded, rushing to the front and opening up impressively.

Summer Sweet is now one-for-12 on grass with one second and two thirds. She also has a win, a second and two thirds from five dirt races, for combined earnings of more than $95,000.

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Loda Luck Stables’ homebred seven-year-old gelding Canarsie Kid backed up his 2-1 favored odds with a powerful coast-to-coast one-length victory under Kendrick Carmouche in a $48,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer on the grass Friday. He covered the six-furlong distance in a sizzling 1:07.57.

The gray Mission Command, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-2 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr. from the outside post in a field of eight, nosed 7-1 Tiz a Chance and Luis Saez for second. Excluded, a 9-2 shot piloted by Rajiv Maragh, finished another half-length back in fourth.

Michael Miceli trains Canarsie Kid, a son of Belong to Me out of Smartgabrielle by Smart Strike who finished a front-running third at 13-1 odds under Carmouche in his previous race on June 16th in his first start in seven months. He needed that race, and bettors pounded him at the windows for his second start back. He didn’t let them down.

Canarsie Kid broke quickly from the seven post, but he had to hustle to beat Chosen One Elijah, sent off at odds of 80-1 from the rail under Jorge Panaijo, to take the early lead through a quick :21.64 opening two furlongs. Canarsie Kid then opened up to lead by 2 ½ lengths by running a half-mile in a testing :44.19.

Canarsie Kid extended his lead to four lengths in mid-stretch before the pack closed in. He had more than enough left to get the job done comfortably.

Canarsie Kid improved his grass record to four-for-21 with five seconds, four thirds and earnings of more than $120,000.

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Beautifully rated on the front end by Junior Alvarado, Susanne Hooper’s homebred four-year-old filly Courageous Change held off fast-finishing Smart and Sassy and Rajiv Maragh by a head in a $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass Friday. She completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.06. Courageous Change was sent off at odds of 8-1 and Smart and Sassy was the 2-1 favorite in the field of eight.

Crater Rim, sent off at 5-1 odds from the rail with Joe Bravo riding, finished third, 2 ¾ lengths behind Smart and Sassy while a half-length ahead of 5-2 gray Simple Mission and Jose Ortiz.

James Hooper co-bred Courageous Change, a daughter of Courageous Cat out of Distinctive Sister by Distinctive Pro who is trained by Jimmy Ferraro. Courageous Change finished seventh at 16-1 odds under Jose Lezcano in her previous start on June 13th.

Alvarado sent her straight to the lead from four post, and she raced with 9-1 Fancycase and Jose Lezcano on her flank through splits of :23.87, :47.34 and 1:11.55.

Then Courageous Change put away Fancycase as Smart and Sassy started gaining ground quickly on the outside. Courageous Change dug in and gamely held on for the narrow victory.

Courageous Change is now one-for-four on grass with one second. She also has four dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $35,000

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Martin Zaretsky’s three-year-old gelding Scatsuku made his first start in a maiden claimer a winning one, taking Friday’s finale, a seven-furlong $41,000 maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, by 1 ¾ lengths under Junior Alvarado as the 4-5 favorite in a field of 10.

Rough Justice, sent off at odds of 5-1 under Luis Saez, finished second, a length and a half ahead of 73-1 Straitouta Congtin and Kendrick Carmouche. Front-running Tammany Giant, who also went off at 5-1 odds under Jose Lezcano, was just another nose back in fourth.

Pine Ridge Stables bred Scatsuku, a son of Scat Daddy out of Ubusuku by Hat Trick (JPN) who is trained by Linda Rice. Scatsuku was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time after finishing third, fifth and ninth in his first three career starts.

Alvarado let Scatsuku settle in mid-pack as Tammany Giant built a two-length lead by running a half-mile in :45.60. Then Scatsuku made his move. He quickly collared the front-runner and drew away late to win in a final time of 1:21.97.

Now one-for-four with one third, Scatsuku has earned more than $30,000.

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Co-owner/trainer David Cannizzo and Mane Event Stable’s classy four-year-old filly Royal Inheritance seized the lead immediately under Manny Franco, opened up a three-length lead and held on to beat 4-1 Eloweasel and Irad Ortiz Jr. by a half-length in a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer at Belmont Park Friday afternoon. Dispatched at odds of 5-1 in the field of six, Royal Inheritance won in a blazing final time of 1:07.50.

Eloweasel finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 3-1 gray Driven by Speed and John Velazquez. Baby Boss, sent off at 7-1 odds from the rail under Luis Saez, broke slowly but recovered to finish fourth, a length behind Driven by Speed.

Phil Birsh bred Royal Inheritance, a daughter of Regal Ransom out of Grand Cocotte by Corinthian who sold for $32,000 as a two-year-old in May 2016. Royal Inheritance finished a late-weakening, front-running fifth in her turf debut at 30-1 odds on June 3rd.

Her chances Friday were enhanced when speedy Baby Boss missed the break. Royal Inheritance was in charge throughout while setting a brisk pace: a first quarter-mile in :22.62 and a half-mile in :44.77.

Royal Inheritance stretched her lead to three lengths before getting a bit tired. Eloweasel closed strongly for second, but couldn’t get to Royal Inheritance late.

Now one-for-two on turf, Royal Inheritance is four-for-11 on dirt with two seconds and one third. Her total earnings are more than $250,000.

 

Discretionary Marq Scores Wire-to-Wire Thursday

Streaking to the lead from the outside post in a field of seven under Irad Ortiz Jr., Patricia Generazio’s homebred four-year-old gelding Discretionary Marq took a six-furlong $65,000 New York-bred allowance race by 2 ¼ lengths Thursday at Belmont Park. Sent off at 5-2 odds, Discretionary Marq won in a final time of 1:08.10.

Source Control, who went off at odds of 13-1 under Junior Alvarado, finished second, a head ahead of 2-1 Spectacular Kid and John Velazquez. Outrageous Bet, sent off at 9-1 odds from the rail under Joel Rosario, was just another head back in fourth.

Christophe Clement trains Discretionary Marq, a son of Discreet Cat out of To Marquet by Marquetry who was making just his second start of the year after finishing fifth in his four-year-old debut on June 17th in his first start since December 9th. The race obviously helped.

Ortiz got him away sharply and Discretionary Marq opened a two-length lead on 8-1 Looking Ready and Jose Ortiz through a :22.73 first quarter-mile. Looking Ready got within a half-length of Discretionary Marq through a :45.67 half-mile, but Discretionary Marq spurted clear when asked. He won comfortably.

Discretionary Marq improved his grass record to two-for-seven with two seconds and earnings of more than $105,000.

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Jeffrey Lutsky’s debuting colt Lutsky exploded out of the starting gate on the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr. and humbled seven opponents by 5 ¼ lengths in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-olds, completing the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.68. The performance wasn’t a shock: Lutsky went off the 8-5 favorite.

Stop Me If You Can, the only runner in the field not making his debut, finished second at 6-1 odds under Jose Ortiz, three-quarters of a length ahead of 7-2 gray Taptaptap. There was a gap of nearly seven lengths back to 9-1 Lost in Manhattan and Joel Rosario in fourth.

Pine Ridge Stables bred Lutsky, a son of Yes It’s True out of Reen by Forestry who sold for $135,000 in May and is trained by Jason Servis. Lutsky showed five works at Monmouth Park, including a quick four furlongs from the gate in :48 1/5, fourth fastest of 46 working that distance on June 23rd.

He could not have gotten out of the gate any quicker Thursday, immediately taking a two-length lead. Lutsky raced a quarter-mile in :22.70 and a half-mile in :45.62 before really pouring it on. He led by six lengths in deep stretch and was in-hand late.

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Withstanding pressure every step of the way under Joel Rosario, John Moirano, Monty Foss, Pines Stables and Bob Chimienti’s three-year-old filly Starlite Mission won a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by three-quarters of a length Thursday. Sent off at 5-2 odds in a field of six, Starlite Mission won in a final time of 1:37.08.

In a tight photo for second, 3-1 The Great Johanna and Joe Bravo nosed 9-2 Mrs. Orb and Jose Ortiz. Party in the Sand, who was adding blinkers and went off at 13-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished a distant fourth.

Mustang Farm bred Starlite Mission, a daughter of Mission Impazible out of Starship Kitty by Tale of the Cat who sold for $30,000 as a two-year-old in April 2017 and is trained by Gary Contessa. Starlite Mission was returning to dirt off second- and ninth-place finishes on grass.

Starlite Mission broke quickly from the five post, but had to work hard to make the lead ahead of Mrs. Orb. Starlite Mission cleared Mrs. Orb to lead by a length after an opening quarter-mile in :23.52, but Mrs. Orb came right back to sit second on Starlite Mission’s outside.

Starlite Mission nursed a narrow lead on Mrs. Orb through a half-mile in :47.06 and three-quarters in 1:11.52. They were joined by The Great Johanna three-wide in mid-stretch.

Starlite Mission was up to the challenge, and she gamely held off both rivals to win.

Starlite Mission is now one-for-seven on dirt with three seconds and one third. She also has one second from a pair of grass tries, for combined earnings of more than $90,000.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred four-year-old colt The Caretaker, sent off at 6-1 odds under Luis Saez as the only New York-bred in a field of nine contesting a $55,000 starter allowance Thursday, zipped to the lead and scored gate-to-wire by 2 ¼ lengths. He completed the seven-furlong distance in 1:22.72.

Mesotherm, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of You’re Killin Me, who was sent off at odds of 5-2 as part of an entry under Joel Rosario.

Kiaran McLaughlin trains The Caretaker, a son of Speightstown out of Safety Net by A.P. Indy who had three seconds and a pair of thirds in his last five starts.

Saez sent him straight to the lead from the three post, and he preserved a narrow lead over You’re Killin Me’s entry-mate Class Won and Angel Arroyo through a first quarter-mile in a modest :23.31 and a half-mile in a pokey :46.56.

Then Saez asked The Caretaker for more and he responded, drawing away after three-quarters in 1:10.47 to win easily.

The Caretaker is now two-for-14 on dirt with five seconds, four thirds and earnings of more than $140,000.

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Sent off the longest shot as the only New York-bred in a field of six, Anthony Perri’s three-year-old gray filly Miss Jen rallied from last in mid-stretch to win a $53,000 open $32,000 claimer on the grass by a length and a quarter going away under Jose Lezcano. She completed the one-mile distance in a sharp 1:33.64. That gave Lezcano a sweep of the daily double after he won the opener on the front end with New York-bred Binkster.

Regal Dame, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Jose Ortiz, finished second, a half-length ahead of 3-1 Cause Me Grief and Luis Saez.

Peter and Marie Daly bred Miss Jen, a daughter of Mission Impazible out of Trust in Gold by Golden Missile who sold for $32,000 as a two-year-old last year and is trained by Jim Ryerson. Miss Jen finished a tiring fourth in her previous race in a similar spot at 6-1 odds on June 14th.

Lezcano let her linger in last Thursday as Regal Dame led 7-2 Tiz Priceless and Manny Franco by less than a length through splits of :22.63, :45.70 and 1:09.65. Lezcano took Miss Jen to the far outside, and she blew past the field to win impressively.

Miss Jen is now one-for-four on grass with one third. She also has a win and a third from four dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $85,000.

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Taking full advantage when Mobridge drifted out twice after making the lead in deep stretch, Vincent Scudari’s homebred five-year-old gelding Vincento rallied to a neck victory under Manny Franco in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $48,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer on the grass Thursday. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of seven, Vincento won in a final time of 1:41.00.

Mobridge, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado, had to settle for second, one length ahead of 3-1 Hidden Vow and Irad Ortiz Jr. Peculiar Sensation, sent off at odds of 9-1 under Jose Lezcano, finished a neck behind Hidden Vow in fourth.

Rudy Rodriguez trains Vincento, a son of Include out of Seeking the Silver by Grindstone who finished a sharply improved second when returned to grass in his last start on June 14th.

Franco settled Vincento in fourth as Peculiar Sensation and 47-1 Manifest Destiny, with Tzeonn Chang riding, dueled on the front-end through a half-mile in :48.01.

Alvarado sent Mobridge up three-wide around the far turn to join them. Mobridge went past the dueling pacesetters, but drifted out. Alvarado straightened him out, but he drifted again, leaving plenty of room on his inside for Vincento, who surged to the lead in the final 200 yards.

Vincento is now one-for-six on turf with one second and one third. He also has three wins and a pair of seconds from 21 dirt races, for total earnings topping $200,000.

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Phil Birsh’s homebred, the three-year-old New York-bred gelding Binkster, co-owned by John Bienkowski, made it look easy in Thursday’s opener, taking a one-mile $36,000 conditional $25,000 claimer wire-to-wire under Jose Lezcano by four lengths. Sent off at 9-5 odds in the field of five, Binkster won in a final time of 1:36.54.

Single Gem, also sent off at odds of 9-5 under Luis Saez, finished second, nearly five lengths clear of 2-1 Tale of Mist and Dylan Davis.

David Cannizzo trains Binkster, a son of Bluegrass Cat out of La Femme Galante by Grand Slam who was returning to dirt and dropping off a failed stakes try in his turf debut on June 24th.

Lezcano, who was riding Binkster for the first time, gunned him to the lead from the three post, and he led Single Gem by less than a length through a quarter-mile in :23.08 and a half-mile in :46.24. Binkster then opened up, hitting three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.04 with an increasing lead. He kept widening his margin until deep stretch, when Lezcano let him coast home.

Binkster is now two-for-nine on dirt with two seconds and earnings of more than $60,000.

 

Homebred Rachel’s Blue Moon Scores Wire-to-Wire Wednesday

Manny Franco hustled Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred three-year-old filly Rachel’s Blue Moon to the lead and she never had an anxious moment, taking a one-mile $65,000 New York-bred allowance race by 2 ¼ lengths Wednesday at Belmont Park. Sent off at 6-1 odds in the field of eight, Rachel’s Blue Moon won in a final time of 1:36.49 to give Franco a riding triple through Wednesday’s first six races.

Pink Twist, who was shedding blinkers and went off the 5-2 favorite under Irad Ortiz Jr., rallied to finish second, a length and a half clear of 5-1 Puffery and John Velazquez. There was a four-length gap back to 3-1 Strawberry Tequila and Luis Saez in fourth.

Jimmy Jerkens trains Rachel’s Blue Moon, a daughter of Bodemeister out of Beautiful But Blue by El Corredor who finished sixth with blinkers added from off the pace under Velazquez in her prior start on June 13th.

Franco gunned her to the lead Wednesday and she set a fast pace, getting the opening quarter-mile in :22.58, the half-mile in :45.38 and three-quarters in 1:09.91. She remained strong all the way to the wire.

Rachel’s Blue Moon is now one-for-three on dirt. She is also one-for-two on turf and has total earnings of more than $75,000.

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In a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight, Vincent Scudari’s idle homebred, the four-year-old gray colt Dwizard, beat odds-on Suas to the early lead and never relinquished it, posting a dominant five-length victory under Manny Franco to give Franco a sweep of Wednesday’s daily double. He completed the six and a half furlongs in a final time of 1:16.18. Dwizard, who broke from the outside post in a field of six, went off at 7-2 odds while Sous was sent off at 1-2 odds from the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr.

Suas salvaged second, 5 ¼ lengths ahead of 5-1 firster Legion Storm and Junior Alvarado. Another firster, Unsullied, sent off at odds of 21-1 with Dylan Davis aboard, finished another neck back in fourth.

Michelle Nevin trains Dwizard, a son of Macho Uno out of Seeking the Silver by Grindstone. Dwizard finished third in three consecutive dirt races, then ended his three-year-old season with a fifth-place finish on grass November 9th. Nevin did an outstanding job getting him ready to roll off the layoff. A final bullet work on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga on July 3rd, fastest of 58 that morning at the distance, signaled his readiness to return to racing.

He broke second, a step behind Suas, but quickly motored past him to take a one-length lead through a :22.54 first quarter-mile. Dwizard stretched his lead to three lengths by running a half-mile in :45.21, then extended his cushion even more through the stretch to win as much the best.

Dwizard is now one-for-four on dirt with three thirds, and zero-for-one on grass, for total earnings of more than $55,000.

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Benefitting from a perfectly timed rally under Joel Rosario, Castleton Lyons’ five-year-old New York-bred gelding Gucci Factor won his second straight race in his debut against open company. Gucci Factor got up just in time to edge Dr. Edgar and Dylan Davis by a neck in a $77,000 grass allowance Wednesday, completing the mile and a sixteenth in a fast 1:38.87.

Gucci Factor was the 2-1 favorite and Dr. Edgar went off at odds of 9-1 in the field of seven.

New York-bred Rapt, sent off at 4-1 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, finished third, 4 ½ lengths behind Gucci Factor.

Highclere bred Gucci Factor, a son of Gio Ponti out of Shoo In by Dynaformer who is trained by Christophe Clement. Gucci Factor was stepping up to open company off a length-and-a-quarter victory in a New York-bred allowance under Rosario on June 21st.

Credit Rosario for figuring out just how far back he could keep Gucci Factor as 5-2 Harlan’s Holiday, with Irad Ortiz Jr. up, and Dr. Edgar hooked up immediately in a speed duel breaking from the two adjoining outside posts. Harlan’s Holiday fought to a three-quarter-length lead on Dr. Edgar through a :22.67 first quarter-mile, then edged away to a length lead by running a half-mile in a sizzling :44.53. Three Perfections, sent off at 10-1 odds under Luis Saez, was a clear third, eight lengths behind Dr. Edgar while four lengths ahead of Gucci Factor in fourth.

Dr. Edgar made a bid for the lead, which he took by running three-quarters in 1:07.92 as the pack began closing in. Dr. Edgar opened a three-length lead as Gucci Factor advanced on the far outside into second. Dr. Edgar fought on gamely, but Gucci Factor kept coming and nailed him with 200 yards to run.

Gucci Factor is now three-for-four on grass. He also is one-for-six on dirt with one second and one third, for total earnings of more than $180,000.

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Saratoga Seven Racing Partners’ three-year-old colt Honor Up found room in deep stretch under Junior Alvarado and collared front-running Saratoga Colonel and Luis Saez to win a $65,000 New York-bred grass allowance by a neck Wednesday. He covered the mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course in a final time of 1:40.42.

Breaking from the two post, Honor Up was sent off at odds of 7-2, while Saratoga Colonel went off at 7-1 odds from the rail.

Ides of Arch, sent off at 8-1 odds under Rajiv Maragh, finished third, five lengths behind Saratoga Colonel while a half-length in front of 16-1 Carthon and Jose Lezcano in fourth.

Gainesway Thoroughbreds bred Honor Up, a son of To Honor and Serve out of Unobstructed View by Yes It’s True who sold for $65,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Leana Willaford while regular trainer Bill Mott is serving a suspension. Honor Up was switching to turf off a distant fourth-place finish as the 7-5 favorite on June 15th. She had two sharp dirt works, including a bullet three furlongs, for the surface switch.

When Saratoga Colonel went straight to the lead on the rail, Alvarado got Honor Up away second, and he protected that inside spot for much of the race. Saratoga Colonel led from one to two lengths through a first quarter-mile in :23.67, a half-mile in :47.68 and three-quarters in 1:11.67.

When Carthon, who had been chasing in second, tired, Honor Up found room to get off the rail. He closed strongly to nail Saratoga Colonel late as the two separated themselves from the rest of the competition.

Now one-for-one on grass, Honor Up is one-for-eight on dirt with two seconds and one third, for combined earnings of more than $110,000.

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Gee Zee Stables’ homebred three-year-old gelding Leap to Glory, dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time and adding Lasix, backed up his 3-5 odds with a handy 3 ½-length victory in Wednesday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer, giving jockey Joel Rosario his third win of the afternoon. Leap to Glory won in a final time of 1:10.71.

Our American Star, sent off at 4-1 odds in the field of seven with Junior Alvarado up, finished second, seven lengths clear of 8-1 Shuffling Madness and Irad Ortiz Jr. Firster Thefinalcrazydude, who went off at odds of 16-1 under Mike Luzzi, was just another neck back in fourth.

Charlie Baker trains Leap to Glory, a son of Outflanker out of Leaping Lady by Mass Media who finished fourth at 3-1 odds in his previous race on June 20th.

He broke like a shot Wednesday to take a quick two-length lead through a :22.58 first quarter-mile. First-time starter Ragnar Lothbrok, sent off at 8-1 odds under David Cohen, rushed up quickly to nearly get even with Leap to Glory through a :45.52 half-mile, but Leap to Glory quickly put him away and re-opened a safe lead.

Leap to Glory is now one-for-five on dirt with one third. He also has two turf tries, for total earnings of more than $35,000.

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