Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: September 15 to 21

Discretionary Marq Wins; Jockey Junior Alvarado Injured Friday

By Bill Heller

In a frightening six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Friday at Belmont Park, Patricia Generazio’s homebred four-year-old gelding Discretionary Marq and Irad Ortiz Jr. edged Ethan Hunt and Rajiv Maragh by a head. Around the far turn, towards the rear of the 10-horse field, jockey Junior Alvarado fell off his mount Sword Fighter right in the path of Frisky Magician and Manny Franco. Frisky Magician could not possibly have avoided striking Alvarado, but after the race Alvarado was sitting up and talking to officials.

Discretionary Marq was sent off at odds of 7-2 and Ethan Hunt went off  at 32-1 odds.

The Crocheron Kid, who went off at 15-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Ethan Hunt while three-quarters of a length ahead of 8-1 Psychic Energy and John Velazquez in fourth.

Christophe Clement trains Discretionary Marq, a son of Discreet Cat out of To Marquet by Marquetry who finished second in his previous start at Saratoga under Ortiz on August 24th.

Discretionary Marq got away second as 7-2 Uncle Youdge, shedding blinkers under Dylan Davis, set the pace, taking the field to a first quarter-mile in :22.44. Uncle Youdge got away to lead by a length and a half, but Discretionary Marq quickly closed in. He took over the front and gamely held off Ethan Hunt to win in a final time of 1:10.45.

Discretionary Marq is now three-for-nine on grass with three seconds and earnings of more than $160,000.

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Mane Event Stable’s recent claim, the five-year-old gelding Sudden Surprise, shot to the lead under Javier Castellano and never looked back, rolling to an impressive five-length score in a 6 ½-furlong $50,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer. Sent off at 3-1 odds from the seven post in a field of nine, all with more than $100,000 in career earnings, Sudden Surprise won in a final time of 1:15.66.

Ostrolenka, who went off at odds of 4-1 under Joel Rosario, rallied to finish second, two lengths clear of Mighty Zealous, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. Pegasus Red, sent off at 14-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished fourth, 1 ¾ lengths behind Mighty Zealous.

Repole Stable bred Sudden Surprise, a son of Giant Surprise out of Ready and Good by More Than Ready who is now trained by David Cannizzo. Mane Event Stable claimed Sudden Surprise for $25,000 when he finished a front-running second on a sloppy track at Saratoga as the 6-5 favorite August 3rd. In his first start for his new connections on August 28th at Saratoga, Sudden Surprise finished a late-weakening sixth at 16-1 odds in a New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer under Ricardo Santana Jr.

Under Castellano Friday, Sudden Surprise broke out of the starting gate like a rocket and was immediately in front. He led Mighty Zealous, who had moved up to second, by a length after a first-quarter in :22.51. Sudden Surprise stretched the margin to a length and a half by hitting the half-mile in a quick :44.99.

Then Sudden Surprise spurted away from the field. He was never challenged and never tested the rest of the way, winning by himself.

Sudden Surprise is now an excellent 12-for-25 on dirt with three seconds. He has also raced one on turf and has total earnings topping $740,000.

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Joey Martinez hustled Bob Petersons Stables’ six-year-old New York-bred mare Non Finisce Mai to the lead and she won Friday’s opener, a six-furlong $25,000 open $12,500 claimer, by a length and three-quarters. Sent off at 4-1 odds in the field of four, she won in a final time of 1:12.08.

Dean’s Ticket, the 9-5 second choice ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of New York-bred E Warfare, who was adding blinkers and went off at 13-1 odds under Hector Diaz Jr. Loose, the 3-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado, pushed a head in front of Non Finisce Mai at the top of the stretch but was pulled up abruptly and did not finish.

Team Penney Racing bred Non Finisce Mai, a daughter of Roman Ruler out of Riverman’s Tea by Riverman who is trained by Gary Gullo. Non Finisce Mai was “bumped hard and clobbered” by another horse, according to the Daily Racing Form, when she finished seventh by 37 lengths at 6-1 odds in an open $12,500 claimer under David Cohen in her previous start at Saratoga on August 2nd. That race was her first in 11 months, and Gullo gave her ample time to recover.

Martinez sent her hard to the lead and she led Loose, who got away last of the quartet before rushing up into second, by three-quarters of a length after a first quarter-mile in :23.26. Loose drew within a head of Non Finisce Mai after a half-mile in :46.43, took a narrow lead and then was pulled up suddenly. Non Finisce Mai took advantage, opening a four-length lead on Dean’s Ticket, and she cruised home comfortably in front.

Non Finisce Mai improved her fine dirt record to five-for-16 with two seconds and a pair of thirds. She’s also raced twice on turf and has total earnings of more than $180,000.

 

Vortex Road Holds Off Wegetsdamunnys Thursday

Flying P Stables’ four-year-old filly Vortex Road swept up on the far outside to take the lead in mid-stretch under Irad Ortiz Jr., then gamely held off favored Wegetsdamunnys and Joel Rosario by a half length in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer on the yielding inner turf course at Belmont Park Thursday afternoon. Vortex Road was sent off at odds of 5-1 and Wegetsdamunnys was the 2-1 favorite on the rail in the field of eight.

Kreesie, who went off at 5-1 odds with Jose Ortiz up, finished third, one length behind Wegetsdamunnys while three lengths clear of 5-1 Purely Lucky and Javier Castellano in fourth.

John Dorrian bred Vortex Road, a daughter of Quality Road out of Notmyfault by Belong to Me who is trained by Bruce Levine. Vortex Road finished second by a length under Castellano in her prior start at Saratoga on a “good” course August 22nd, her 10th consecutive finish in the money.

Irad Ortiz Jr. kept her a close fifth in the clear three-wide as 31-1 Free N Clear and Dylan Davis set the pace under pressure from 6-1 Driven by Speed and John Velazquez through a first quarter-mile in :24.42, a half-mile in :48.78 and three-quarters in 1:13.25. Wegetsdamunnys, who had raced in last most of the way, advanced on the extreme outside on the far turn to get close to the leaders.

Vortex Road swept up on the outside to take the lead as Wegetsdamunnys rallied even farther outside into second. Wegetsdamunnys had considerable momentum, but Vortex Road repelled her challenge and gamely held on to win in a final time of 1:43.97.

Vortex Road is now six-for-16 on turf with four seconds and one third. She also has one second from two dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $195,000.

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He took the length of the stretch to do it, but Flanken Farms’ five-year-old gelding Kenyan, sent off at 10-1 odds in a field of six under Rajiv Maragh, finally got past game, front-running 7-5 favorite Fox Rules and Joel Rosario to capture a $50,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer switched from the turf to the “fast” main track by one length Thursday. He covered the one-mile distance in 1:36.66.

Fox Rules, seeking his 19th career win in 57 starts, finished a well-clear second, 8 ½ lengths ahead of 18-1 Peculiar Sensation and Dylan Davis in third. High Moon, sent off at odds of 7-2 from the rail under Jose Ortiz, checked in another length back in fourth.

Twin Creeks Farm bred Kenyan, a son of Curlin out of Our Perfect Ten by Medaglia d’Oro who is trained by Gary Sciacca. Kenyan finished a distant seventh in an open $14,000 claimer at Saratoga in his prior start on August 10th.

Maragh settled Kenyan in last as Fox Rules led the field by a length and a half through an opening quarter-mile in :23.24, a half-mile in :46.52 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.25.

By that point, Kenyan had advanced into second. Kenyan then battled Fox Rules head-to-head, with neither horse giving in. Kenyan edged past in deep stretch to win.

Kenyan is now three-for-25 in his all-dirt career, with three seconds, seven thirds and earnings of more than $115,000.

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In an impressive debut, Dennis Narlinger’s two-year-old filly Sadie Lady took a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight wire-to-wire under Joel Rosario by a length and a quarter, then survived an inquiry and a jockey’s objection by second-place finisher Junior Alvarado on firster Forever Changed before the race was made official.

Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of five, Sadie Lady won in a final time of 1:11.54.

Forever Changed, who went off at odds of 11-1, had tried to squeeze through on the inside of Sadie Lady in mid-stretch, but lacked room and had to be taken back. To her credit, she re-rallied to finish second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Awesome Alana, the 1-2 firster favorite ridden by Javier Castellano. Rose of Dublin, sent off at 8-1 odds from the rail under Jose Lezcano, finished 2 ¾ lengths behind Awesome Alana in fourth.

JMJ Racing Stables bred Sadie Lady, a daughter of Freud out of Zucca by Read the Footnotes who is trained by Arnaud Delacour. Sadie Lady’s eight works at Fair Hill included a bullet four furlongs in :47 3/5.

She broke on top Thursday and led Forever Changed by three-quarters of a length to one length through an opening quarter-mile in :23.38 and a half-mile in :47.61. Alvarado then sent Forever Changed on the inside of Sadie Lady, and she nearly drew even with her before Alvarado had to take her back. She came again to be a clear second best.

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Gamely rallying between horses under Hector Diaz Jr., Joseph Straus and Hugo Fitzsimmons’ four-year-old New York-bred gelding The I Man won Thursday’s finale, a 6 ½-furlong $30,000 maiden $25,000 claimer, by a head. Sent off at 12-1 odds in the field of eight, The I Man won in a final time of 1:18.51.

Huracan, sent off at odds of 9-1 under Eric Cancel, finished second, a nose in front of 7-2 Hot Mesa and Junior Alvarado. Front-running Pay the Price, who also went off at 7-2 odds under Jose Lezcano, finished fourth, three-quarters of a length behind Hot Mesa.

Siobhan McCormack bred The I Man, a son of Bob and John out of Kaydeross by Prime Timber who is trained by Bob Dunham. The I Man finished a distant fifth under Rajiv Maragh in a New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer in his previous start on August 17th at Saratoga.

The I Man got away sixth as Pay the Price led while 57-1 New York-bred Trinni Juice and Samuel Jiminez chased in second through a first quarter-mile in :23.10 and a half-mile in :46.56.

Then The I Man, Huracan and Hot Mesa all rallied into contention late, with The I Man proving strongest in deep stretch.

The I Man is now one-for-eight with one third and earnings topping $20,000.

 

Cartwheelin Lulu Stays Unbeaten by Winning Joseph A. Gimma Stakes Wednesday

Roddy Valente’s homebred Cartwheelin Lulu, co-bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, upped her record to two-for-two Wednesday at Belmont Park, taking the seven-furlong $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes for two-year-old New York-bred fillies wire-to-wire under John Velazquez by a length and a half. Sent off at 7-1 odds from the outside post in a field of seven, Cartwheelin Lulu won in a final time of 1:23.71.

More Mischief, sent off at odds of 4-1 from the rail under Jose Ortiz, edged 5-2 favorite Elegant Zip and Manny Franco by a nose for second. She’s Trouble, a 7-1 shot ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., finished just another head back in fourth.

Jeremiah Englehart, whose other two fillies in the race finished out of the money, trains Cartwheelin Lulu, a daughter of Valente’s undefeated Bustin Stones out of Repreive by Successful Appeal who won her maiden debut at Finger Lakes by four lengths on the front end August 16th at 3-1 odds. “I was really happy to see one of the fillies win,” he said. “I thought Johnny did a really nice job being aggressive and getting the lead.”

It worked. He shot Cartwheelin Lulu to the front and she led by at least a length through splits of :23.17, :47.22 and 1:11.39. More Mischief, Elegant Zip and She’s Trouble all closed in, but Cartwheelin Lulu had plenty left to win.

“She’s a big filly and she galloped out pretty strong,” Velazquez said.

Cartwheelin Lulu has already earned more than $90,000 in her first two starts.

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Flying P Stables’ four-year-old filly Unbridledadventure kept grinding on the outside under Javier Castellano while chasing front-running Puffery and Joel Rosario, then wore her down late to take a $66,000 New York-bred allowance switched from the turf to the “fast” main track Wednesday. She won by a length and a half and covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.89. Unbridledadventure was sent off at odds of 5-1 and Puffery went off at 6-5 odds in the field of five.

Puffery finished a clear second, five lengths ahead of Myhartblongstodady, the even-money favorite ridden by Jose Ortiz. Danielle’s Pride, a 23-1 shot piloted by Eric Cancel, reported home a distant fourth.

Thomas Moran bred Unbridledadventure, a daughter of Courageous Cat out of Serene Ditty by Unbridled’s Song who is trained by Bruce Levine. Unbridledadventure finished eighth on grass in her previous start at Saratoga on August 26th under Junior Alvarado.

Castellano settled Unbridledadventure in second as Puffery struck the lead immediately and opened up on the field. Puffery stretched a three-length lead after an opening quarter-mile in :23.55 to four lengths by running a half-mile in :46.57. Then Unbridledadventure narrowed the margin to just one length through three-quarters in 1:11 flat.

Puffery didn’t stop, but Unbridledadventure kept the pressure on. Unbridledadventure wore Puffery down, striking the lead in deep stretch and edging away late.

Unbridledadventure improved her dirt record to five-for-19 with four seconds and five thirds. She also has a pair of thirds from 10 turf tries, for total earnings of just under $250,000.

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Rallying from far back up the rail under Weston Hamilton, Louis Ulman’s first-time-starting colt Strive for a Cure collared frontrunning odds-on favorite Steam Engine and Joel Rosario inside the sixteenth pole and won a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-olds by a length and a quarter Wednesday. He completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.37. Strive for a Cure was sent off at 10-1 odds from the two post and Steam Engine went off at odds of 3-5 from the rail in a field of nine.

Stop Me If You Can, sent off at 9-2 odds under Manny Franco, finished third, four lengths behind Steam Engine while 4 ¾ lengths ahead of 10-1 firster Funny Guy and Dylan Davis.

Bloom Racing Stable bred Strive for a Cure, a son of Goldencents out of Hitch Village by Old Trieste who sold for just $9,000 in May and is trained by Dale Capuano. Strive for a Cure had nine works at Laurel Park for his Belmont debut.

He started slowly, getting away eighth as Steam Engine broke sharply on the rail to take the lead, one he held by three-quarters of a length to one length through a first quarter-mile in a quick :22.14 and a half-mile in :45.53.

Steam Engine then opened a two-length cushion as Strive for a Cure advanced into second on the rail. Though it was a tight squeeze, Strive for a Cure got through on the inside of Steam Engine and won going away late.

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Sent off the even-money favorite in a field of six in Wednesday’s opener, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer switched from the turf to the dirt, Henry Oak’s three-year-old filly Mohanie pounced on front-running Dancingwthdaffodls and David Cohen and went on to an in-hand six-length victory under Dylan Davis in a final time of 1:45.16.

Youmakemeblush, sent off at odds of 3-1 under John Velazquez, nipped Dancingwthdaffodls by a neck for second. Union Patriot, who went off at 7-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished a distant fourth.

Barclay Tagg trains Mohanie, a daughter of Frost Giant out of Gold Getter by Gold Token who was making just her second career start after finishing fourth in a maiden special weight at Saratoga at 27-1 odds on August 22nd.

Davis got Mohanie away fifth as Dancingwthdaffodls set the pace with a clear lead through a :23.53 opening quarter-mile, a half-mile in :47.49 and three-quarters in 1:12.72. Mohanie then made a quick burst, put away the frontrunner and drew away from the field without even being asked.

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With a perfectly timed rally from last in a field of eight under Joel Rosario, Saul Kupferberg’s homebred three-year-old filly Party in the Sand, co-bred by Max Kupferberg, won Wednesday’s finale, a 6 ½-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, by three-quarters of a length. Sent off at 3-1 odds, Party in the Sand won in a final time of 1:17.60.

Zecha, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Jose Ortiz, contested the pace throughout and held on gamely for second, a head clear of 3-1 Tequila Sunday and Irad Ortiz Jr. There was a five-length gap back to 10-1 Ramblin’ Ma’am and Rajiv Maragh in fourth.

Charlie Baker trains Party in the Sand, a daughter of Desert Party out of Shoeless Angel by Wildcat Shoes who had four fourths and one fifth in her first five starts.

Rosario, riding Party in the Sand for the first time, let her dawdle in last early as Zecha dueled with both Tequila Sunday and 5-1 One Cool Kitten, with Manny Franco aboard, through a half-mile in :46.27. One Cool Kitten called it a day, but Zecha and Tequila Sunday kept battling head-to-head as Party in the Sand swept past horses on the far outside.

Zecha was courageous, but had no answer for Party in the Sand in deep stretch.

 

H Man Gets There in Time to Win Sunday

Rallying on the far outside under Irad Ortiz Jr., Ben Mondello’s six-year-old gelding H Man won a $66,000 New York-bred allowance by a length and a quarter as the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven Sunday at Belmont Park, completing the six-furlong distance in 1:10.09.

Wushu Warrior, sent off at odds of 3-1 from the rail with Manny Franco aboard, edged front-running 10-1 Royal Heist and Julio Hernandez by a head for second. New gelding I Love Jaxson, who was adding blinkers and went off a 5-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished just three-quarters of a length behind Royal Heist in fourth.

Eric Fein bred H Man, a son of Musket Man out of Private Port by Sea Salute who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. In his previous start on August 24th at Saratoga, H Man finished a late-tiring fourth as the 7-5 favorite under Ortiz.

Ortiz got H Man away sixth Sunday as Royal Heist took the lead and 9-1 Nolinski, with Jose Ortiz aboard, chased in second. Royal Heist led Nolinski by three-quarters of a length to a length through a first quarter-mile in :22.80 and a half-mile in :46.68.

Then H Man rallied on the far outside while Wushu Warrior got through on the rail to challenge for the lead. H Man was faster than Wushu Warrior, and prevailed.

H Man is now nine-for-47 on dirt in his career with 10 seconds, five thirds and earnings topping $340,000.

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Patricia Generazio’s two-year-old colt Magical Tale lit up the toteboard Sunday, rallying to a half-length victory at odds of 52-1 under Joe Bravo in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:12.83.

Kosciuszko, who led late, had to settle for second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 7-2 Qian BC and Dylan Davis. First-time starter Bobby Man, sent off at odds of 13-1 with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the saddle, finished fourth, a neck behind Qian BC.

Dianne Boyken bred Magical Tale, a son of Forty Tales out of No No Magic by Mo Mon who is trained by Jim Ryerson. Magical Tale was making his third career start after finishing eighth on a sloppy track in his debut, then sixth on grass with blinkers added.

Bravo let Magical Tale settle in mid-pack in the field of 10 as 88-1 Center City and Mike Luzzi set the pace under pressure from Kosciuszko through a first quarter-mile in :22.71 and a half-mile in :47.33. By then, Magical Tale had rallied into fourth.

Kosciuszko took over the front as Magical Tale advanced into second and went after the new leader. Magical Tale wore down Kosciuszko late to win.

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Benefiting from a fine ride by Jose Lezcano, George Anthony, Lawrence Roman and CT Racing’s idle four-year-old gelding Mr. Massena ran down front-running longshot Blessed Honour and Winston Kay, opened a five-length lead and held on to win Sunday’s finale, a $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, by three-quarters of a length. He completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46.40. Mr. Massena was sent off at odds of 5-1 from the 11 post in a field of 12, and Blessed Honour went off at 122-1 odds from the rail.

Lemon Blitz, sent off at 7-2 odds with Joe Bravo up, rallied to finish second, 2 ¾ lengths clear of 48-1 Golconda and Rajiv Maragh. Joe’s Smokin Gun, the 5-2 favorite ridden by Jose Ortiz, finished fourth, a length and a half behind Golconda.

Newton Anner Stud bred Mr. Massena, a son of Flatter out of Lady Aphrodite by Giant’s Causeway who sold for $175,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Mike Miceli. Anthony, Roman and CT Racing claimed Mr. Massena for $25,000 when he finished fifth as the 2-1 favorite in a 6 ½-furlong maiden claimer on a sloppy track December 23, 2017 at Aqueduct. In his first start for his new connections on February 25th, Mr. Massena finished a distant fourth in a maiden $40,000 claimer, also on a sloppy track.

Miceli gave Mr. Massena a long vacation, and he came back running.

Lezcano got Mr. Massena away second as Blessed Honour opened a three-length lead through a :23.35 first quarter-mile. Blessed Honour stretched the lead to a gaping 10 lengths by running a half-mile in :47.74. Then the pack closed in.

Blessed Honour was still two lengths in front after three-quarters in 1:13.71, but Mr. Massena blew past him and opened a five-length cushion. He needed it, as he tired late, but he had enough left to hold off Lemon Blitz.

Mr. Massena is now one-for-seven on turf with three seconds. He also has one second from six dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $65,000.

 

Unbeaten Gambler’s Fallacy Gives Irad Ortiz Jr. His 2,000th Win Saturday

Doubledown Stable’s undefeated three-year-old colt Gambler’s Fallacy rallied strongly in deep stretch to win an eventful mile-and-a-sixteenth $66,000 New York-bred allowance race on the grass by a length and a quarter Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, giving jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his 2,000th career victory at the age of 26, a remarkable accomplishment. Sent off the 2-1 second choice in a field of eight, Gambler’s Fallacy upped his record to two-for-two, winning in a final time of 1:46.96 on the “yielding” inner turf course.

Steelersfanforlife, sent off at odds of 20-1 under Eric Cancel, led late by two lengths but had to settle for second, a length and a half in front of 5-1 Ides of Arch and Rajiv Maragh. There was a 5 ½-length gap back to 47-1 American Ninja and Manny Franco in fourth.

Mango M, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, made an aggressive middle move to take a narrow lead before the far turn, but his saddle slipped and he plummeted backwards through the field.

Christopher Shelli bred Gambler’s Fallacy, a son of Violence out of Fear This by Ghostzapper who sold for $235,000 as a two-year-old in April 2017 and is trained by Chad Brown. Gambler’s Fallacy won his mile-and-an-eighth debut at Saratoga on August 8th by 2 ½ lengths under Javier Castellano in a maiden special weight taken off grass and switched to the “good” main track.

Now he’s two-for-two and become one of a small percentage of Thoroughbreds to win a race on both turf and dirt.

Ortiz let Gambler’s Fallacy settle towards the rear of the pack as 21-1 Stormy Highway and David Cohen took the field through an opening quarter-mile in :24.73 and a half-mile in :49.89.

Then Mango M rushed up to take a narrow, short-lived lead on the outside of Stormy Highway before succumbing to his saddle issue. That allowed Steelersfanforlife, who had been ready to pounce on Stormy Highway, to inherit the lead as Gambler’s Fallacy, seventh in early stretch, rallied into third.

Steelersfanforlife opened a two-length lead in deep stretch, but Gambler’s Fallacy had advanced quickly and closed in powerfully. Gambler’s Fallacy maintained his rally to improve his earnings to more than $75,000 in just two starts and give Ortiz his historic win.

Ortiz was joined in the winner’s circle by his family.

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Rallying up the rail under Trevor McCarthy, Francis Paolangeli’s homebred, the four-year-old New York-bred filly Tiznow’s Smile, a 33-1 longshot in a field of seven, stormed past front-running 9-2 New York-bred Palladian Bridge and Dylan Davis to win her second straight race Saturday, a seven-furlong $77,000 allowance, by 3 ¼ lengths. She completed the seven-furlong distance in 1:22.19.

Palladian Bridge held on for second, a length and a half ahead of 11-1 Pink Sands and Manny Franco in third. Ascot Walk, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Joe Bravo, finished another half-length back in fourth.

Tiznow’s Smile and Palladian Bridge were the only New York-breds in the field.

Charlie Baker trains Tiznow’s Smile, a daughter of Tiznow out of Serenity’s Smile by Dixie Brass who won her last start, a New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer, by a neck under Joel Rosario at 20-1 odds at Saratoga on August 8th.

Tiznow’s Smile raced in fifth early as Palladian Bridge built a two-length lead by running an opening quarter-mile in :22.65 and a half-mile in :45.13.

Palladian Bridge stretched her lead to three lengths in mid-stretch before Tiznow’s Smile arrived on the scene full of momentum on Palladian Bridge’s inside. Tiznow’s Smile blew past the frontrunner and won going away.

Tiznow’s Smile is now four-for-16 on dirt with four seconds, four thirds and earnings of more than $280,000.

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In the very next race Saturday, a New York-bred who was the longest shot in the field not only won, but did so easily. This time it was owner/trainer John Quiles’ four-year-old filly Peaches and Spice. Sent off at 9-1 odds from the rail under Eric Cancel in a field of just four, Peaches and Spice used an explosive burst in early stretch to take a mile-and-a-sixteenth $44,000 conditional $35,000 claimer switched from the turf to the the “fast” main track by 10 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:45.46.

Cruiseswithbrandon, sent off at odds of 6-1 under Anthony Salgado, finished a clear second, and Enthusiastic Gal, the 1-5 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., was a distant third. Front-running New York-bred B Three, who went off at 4-1 odds under Hector Diaz Jr., tired to finish last.

Dormellito Stud bred Peaches and Spice, a daughter of Simmard out of Especially Me by Coronado’s Quest who finished fourth in a New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer at Saratoga on August 9th, just a day after Tiznow’s Smile won her previous start at Saratoga.

Diaz rode B Three hard to get the early lead, one she kept by less than a length through a first quarter-mile in :24.11, a half-mile in :47.71 and three-quarters in 1:12.91. All four horses were close at that point.

Then Cancel let Peaches and Spice go, and she turned a close race into a showcase, widening her margin with every stride.

Peaches and Spice improved her dirt record to three-for-19 with three seconds and two thirds. She also has one third from 11 turf races, for total earnings of more than $140,000.

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In a thoroughly professional debut under John Velazquez, Marc Keller’s two-year-old gray filly Aquariva broke third, quickly made the front, opened a four-length lead in mid-stretch and sauntered home to win by a length and a half in a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight switched from the turf to the main track Saturday. Sent off 8-1 odds in the field of eight, Aquariva won in a final time of 1:11.48.

Call It a Truce, a first-time starter sent off a 34-1 odds under Rajiv Maragh, edged Corey Scores, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., by three-quarters of a length for second. Mike’s Girl, the 3-1 second choice ridden by Manny Franco, finished fourth, just a head behind Corey Scores.

Hidden Lake Farm bred Aquariva, a daughter of Flashback out of Boatman Road by Lord At War who sold for $170,000 in March and is trained by Bobby Ribaudo.

After breaking third, Aquariva rushed up on the outside of Mike’s Girl to lead by one length after a first quarter-mile in :22.64. Aquariva stretched the margin to 2 ½ lengths by running a half-mile in :46.18. She then opened a four-length cushion in mid-stretch and cruised home to win comfortably.

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