Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: November 14 to 18

Gold for the King Dominates in the Thunder Rumble Sunday

By Bill Heller

With a breathtaking three-wide sweep around the far turn under Joel Rosario, Francis Paolangeli’s homebred four-year-old gelding Gold for the King showed why he went off the 1-5 favorite in the field of five contesting the seven-furlong $125,000 Thunder Rumble Division of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct Sunday. After sweeping to the lead, Gold for the King drew off to an impressive geared-down 9 ¼-length victory in a final time of 1:24.25.

“He did it comfortably, which I think he was supposed to do,” Gold for the King’s trainer Charlie Baker said. “He pretty much had this field over a barrel.”

Winston’s Chance, sent off at odds of 6-1 under Nazario Alvarado, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 16-1 Sudden Surprise and Luis Saez. Tribecca, who went off at 6-1 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, finished another half-length back in fourth.

Gold for the King, a son of Posse out of Gold for the Queen by Gold Token, finished second by three-quarters of a length under Rosario in his previous start as the 2-1 favorite in the $150,000 Hudson Stakes on New York-bred Showcase Day at Belmont Park October 20th.

Breaking from the outside post, Gold for the King set up three-wide in third and in the clear as Tribecca led new gelding Loki’s Vengeance, sent off at 5-1 odds under Jose Ortiz, by a head after an opening quarter-mile in :23.06. Tribecca stretched his lead to one length by running a half-mile in :46.07.

Then Rosario sent Gold for the King up three-wide to challenge for the lead around the far turn. He struck the lead at the top of the stretch and drew away quickly and with complete authority. Rosario took him in-hand in deep stretch, and he still won by daylight.

“He’s always dependable and gives you an `A’ effort,” Baker said.

Gold for the King is now seven-for-18 with four seconds, two thirds and earnings of more than $650,000.

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Treadway Racing Stable’s three-year-old filly Miss Mystique, sent off as the 34-1 longshot in a field of nine under Rajiv Maragh, took the lead near the sixteenth pole and went on to a length-and-a-quarter victory in a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Sunday. Miss Mystique won in a final time of 1:10.30 on the “good” turf course.

Mentality, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Luis Saez, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 3-1 Hannah’s Smile and Manny Franco. Saratoga Treasure, a 16-1 shot piloted by Jose Ortiz, was another length back in fourth.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds bred Miss Mystique, a daughter of Teuflesberg out of Malibu Mystique by Malibu Moon who sold for $100,000 as a two-year-old in April 2017 and is trained by Leah Gyarmati. Miss Mystique was returning to grass off a win and a fourth-place finish on dirt. She had previously been off the board in two grass starts.

Maragh got Miss Mystique away second as 14-1 Awsum Roar and Reylu Gutierrez set the pace. Awsum Roar led Miss Mystique by two lengths after a first quarter-mile in :22.86, and by a length and a half through a :46.31 half-mile.

Then Miss Mystique made a bid for the lead. She collard the frontrunner, took the lead and opened a clear cushion, one she maintained all the way to the finish line.

Miss Mystique is now one-for-three on turf. On dirt, she has two wins and two thirds from eight races, for total earnings of more than $175,000.

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Junior Alvarado rallied Mishmash Racing’s idle three-year-old filly Emblazoner in deep stretch to a head victory over Dreamers and Me and Javier Castellano in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight switched from the turf to the “fast” main track. She completed the six-furlong distance in 1:14.28. Emblazoner was sent off at odds of 10-1 and Dreamers and Me went off at 5-2 odds in the field of eight.

Anne’s Song, who was adding blinkers and went off at 9-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished third, a half-length behind Dreamers and Me while 4 ¼ lengths clear of 6-1 In Denile and Irad Ortiz Jr.

Sequel Stallions New York and Mojo Stables bred Emblazoner, a daughter of Emcee out of Classic Love by Regal Classic who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Emblazoner was making just her second career start after finishing a front-running second as the 8-5 favorite under Manny Franco in a maiden $40,000 claimer on a sloppy track May 16th. Englehart did a great job getting her ready for her first start in six months.

Alvarado got her away third Sunday as the two horses in posts one and two came out of the gate battling on the front end. Overtime Olivia, who was also adding blinkers and went off at 8-1 odds from the rail under Franco, led Dreamers and Me by a head through a :22.86 first quarter-mile. Overtime Olivia edged away to a half-length advantage through a :47.61 half-mile.

Then Dreamers and Me took over and opened a clear lead as Anne’s Song rallied on the inside and Emblazoner advanced three-wide. Dreamers and Me was game, but Emblazoner wore her down in the final 200 yards to win.

Emblazoner has already earned more than $40,000 in her first two starts.

 

Satisfy Puts Away Sunset Ridge to Win an Open Allowance Race Saturday

Dream Maker Racing’s classy four-year-old New York-bred filly Satisfy, well-ridden by Junior Alvarado, dueled early with idle undefeated New York-bred Sunset Ridge and Jose Ortiz, put her away in mid-stretch and was taken in-hand late for a length-and-three-quarter victory in an $80,000 allowance/optional $62,500 claimer Saturday at Aqueduct. She completed the one-mile distance in 1:40.02. In a field of just four, Satisfy was sent off at odds of 4-5 and Sunset Ridge went off at 6-5 odds.

New York-bred Tiznow’s Smile, who went off at 5-1 odds under Joel Rosario, finished a clear third, 2 ½ lengths behind Sunset Ridge. There was an 8 ½-length back to 16-1 Posse Needed and Irad Ortiz Jr. in fourth.

Mia Gallo, Mary Kopley, Michael Newton and Elizabeth Weese bred Satisfy, a daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) out of Averymerrymoment by Distorted Humor who is trained by Bill Mott. Satisfy finished second by a head in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes on NY-bred Showcase Day, October 20th, in her previous start.

Saturday’s race featured a super matchup between two outstanding four-year-old New York-bred fillies that happened to take place in open allowance company.

Satisfy had four victories and two seconds in six lifetime starts.

Sunset Ridge, who was four-for-four, hadn’t raced in nearly 15 months since winning the $150,000 Fleet Indian Stakes on New York-bred Showcase Day at Saratoga on August 25th, 2017.

Bettors saw it as a two-filly race, and they were right, as Satisfy and Sunset Ridge hooked up immediately on the front end. Sunset Ridge was a head in front early before Satisfy surged on her inside to lead by a neck after a first quarter-mile in :24.08. Satisfy’s lead was just a head after a half-mile in :48.26.

Sunset Ridge countered to lead by a head before Satisfy answered by regaining the lead again after three-quarters in 1:13.87.

Then Satisfy put Sunset Ridge away and opened a two-length lead. She was geared down late as she cruised home.

Now five-for-seven with two seconds, Satisfy has earned more than $250,000.

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In a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-olds Saturday, Kallenberg Farms’ idle colt Le General, who had finished second in her debut on a sloppy track, broke well from the outside post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of eight and drew away through the stretch under Manny Franco to win by 6 ¾ lengths while geared down late. He completed the six-furlong distance in 1:11.84.

First-time starter Blindwillie McTell, sent off at odds of 19-1 from the rail under Jose Ortiz, finished strongly for second, six lengths clear of 4-1 Kadens Courage and Irad Ortiz Jr. Trips Up, who went off at 7-1 odds with Mike Luzzi aboard, finished a distant fourth.

MDS Farms bred Le General, a son of Lemon Drop Kid out of Regal’s Encore by Speightstown who sold for $125,000 in March and is trained by Michelle Nevin. Le General hadn’t raced since finishing second at 5-2 odds in his debut under John Velazquez on a sloppy track at Belmont Park June 1st. Credit Neville with a great job getting him ready. His preparation for his second career start included four bullet works.

Franco got him away quickly and he was second by three-quarters of a length behind 50-1 Wisecrack and Reylu Gutierrez through a :22.70 opening quarter-mile.

Le General then took the front readily, leading Kadens Courage by a length after a half-mile in :46.77. Then he took off, spurting away quickly and winning by himself.

With a win and a second to begin his career, Le General has earned more than $45,000.

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Co-owner/trainer John Toscano Jr., Michael Divitto Sr. and Kryptonite Racing’s four-year-old gelding Latin Love Bug, bred by Debra Divitto, took charge in early stretch under Mike Luzzi and opened up, taking a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer by 9 ¼ lengths. Sent off at 7-2 odds in the field of eight, Latin Love Bug won in a final time of 1:13.22.

Theresa’s Boy, who went off at odds of 9-2 with Luis Saez riding, finished a clear second, five lengths ahead of 54-1 Freudian Analyst and Brandon Boulanger. Causeforcelebration, sent off at 5-1 odds from the rail under Bernard Hernandez, finished another head back in fourth.

A son of Rule out of Princess Marly by Outofthebox, Latin Love Bug finished second by four lengths under Luzzi in his previous start at 4-1 odds on a sloppy track at Belmont Park October 20th.

On Saturday, Luzzi got Latin Love Bug away a three-wide third as 2-1 Back of the Watch and Irad Ortiz Jr. set the pace under pressure from 7-1 Sandlot Star and Reylu Gutierrez. Back of the Watch led Sandlot Star by one length after a first quarter-mile in :22.86. Sandlot Star then took over, leading Back of the Watch by one length after a half-mile in :47.32.

Then Latin Love Bug rushed up three-wide, took the front and turned a close race into a rout, winning by daylight.

Latin Love Bug is now one-for-13 with three seconds, two thirds and earnings topping $50,000.

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Michael Schrader’s homebred three-year-old gelding Thefinalcrazydude, co-owned by Paul O’Neil, made it look easy under Rajiv Maragh in Saturday’s finale, winning a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer wire-to-wire by 3 ½ lengths. Sent off at 6-1 odds in the field of 10, Thefinalcrazydude won in a final time of 1:13.05.

In a tight photo for second, 7-1 No Hitter and Jose Ortiz edged Unsullied, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Dylan Davis, by a nose. Cross Multiply, sent off at odds of 7-2 under Luis Saez, checked in fourth, a length and three-quarters behind Unsullied.

Bruce Brown trains Thefinalcrazydude, a son of Bluegrass Cat out of New Britski by Polish Numbers who finished a late-weakening second with Maragh aboard in his previous start on November 8th.

Maragh sent him to the lead from the four post Saturday and he never had an anxious moment, leading by one length after a first quarter-mile in :23.18 and by a length and a half after a half-mile in :47.22.

Thefinalcrazydude drew away late, winning handily.

Thefinalcrazydude is now one-for-five with one second on dirt. He’s also raced twice on turf and has combined earnings of more than $30,000.

 

Palladian Bridge Edges Bluegrass Jamboree Friday

Rallying late under Manny Franco, Cutair Racing’s five-year-old New York-bred mare Palladian Bridge nipped New York-bred Bluegrass Jamboree and Jose Lezcano by a long neck in a six-furlong $77,000 allowance race on a sloppy track Friday at Aqueduct. As the only New York-breds in the field of seven, Palladian Bridge was sent off at odds of 5-2 and Bluegrass Jamboree went off at 7-1 odds.

Naples Princess, sent off at 5-2 odds with Junior Alvarado aboard, finished third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Bluegrass Jamboree.

Mark Toothaker and Steve Holliday bred Palladian Bridge, a daughter of Girolamo out of Prior Park by Silver Deputy who is trained by Raymond Handal. Palladian Bridge was dropping into open allowance company off a seventh-place finish in the $156,000 Iroquois Stakes for New York-breds on Showcase Day October 20th under Dylan Davis.

Franco let Palladian Bridge settle in mid-pack as 11-1 Transaction Tax and Joel Rosario took the field to a speedy :22.24 opening quarter-mile. When Transaction Tax tired, 5-1 Wisconsin Night and Irad Ortiz Jr. took over as Bluegrass Jamboree rallied into second.

After a half-mile in :46.49, Bluegrass Jamboree struck the lead as Palladian Bridge arrived on the scene full of run. Bluegrass Jamboree had a two-length lead in mid-stretch, but Palladian Bridge quickly erased it, passing Bluegrass Jamboree in the final 200 years to win in a final time of 1:12.12.

Palladian Bridge is now nine-for-26 on dirt with six seconds and four thirds. She has also raced twice on turf, for combined earnings topping $390,000 in her outstanding career.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred three-year-old filly Out of Orbit ran down front-running Cool as You Like and went on to a 2 ¼-length victory under Luis Saez in a $66,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $25,000 claimer. She covered the one-mile distance in 1:38.45 on a sloppy track. Out of Orbit was the 9-5 second choice and Cool as You Like was sent off at 7-2 odds under John Velazquez in the field of six.

Cool as You Like held on for second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of My Won Love, the 3-2 favorite on the rail piloted by Manny Franco. There was a 4 ½-length gap back to 12-1 Peaches and Spice and Eric Cancel in fourth.

Phil Serpe trains Out of Orbit, a daughter of Malibu Moon out of Kibosh by Discreet Cat who finished fourth at 3-1 odds under Saez in her previous start on October 20th.

Saez got her away second Friday as Cool as You Like shot to the lead from the outside post. Cool as You Like led Out of Orbit by a length and a half through an opening quarter-mile in :23.14 and a half-mile in :46.12.

Out of Orbit drew closer around the far turn as My Won Love rallied three-wide behind them into third. After three-quarters in 1:12.50, Out of Orbit turned up the pressure on the front-runner and went by her near the sixteenth pole before drawing away in deep stretch.

Out of Orbit improved her dirt record to two-for-11 with three seconds and three thirds. She’s also raced twice on grass and has total earnings of more than $150,000.

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Rallying on the inside under Reylu Gutierrez, Bond Racing Stable and Edward Nasierowski Jr.’s freshened three-year-old New York-bred filly Cathy Naz, trained by Jim Bond, nailed New York-bred Vote Coeur and John Velazquez by a nose in Friday’s finale, a six-furlong $42,000 open $40,000 claimer switched from the grass to the sloppy main track. Both Cathy Naz and Votre Coeur went off at 5-1 odds in the field of eight.

Salt Pond, sent off at odds of 3-1 with Luis Reyes riding, finished third, a length and a quarter behind Votre Coeur while a neck in front of 4-1 New York-bred Parlapiano and Irad Ortiz Jr.

Song Hill Thoroughbreds bred Cathy Naz, a daughter of Bluegrass Cat out of Gattinara by Raffie’s Majesty who finished third under Dylan Davis in her prior race at the same level at Belmont on September 15th. Bond freshened his filly, and she ran strongly.

Cathy Naz got away in mid-pack as 11-1 New York-bred Jo Jo’s Candy and David Cohen set the pace with Salt Pond second through a first quarter-mile in :22.52 and a half-mile in :47.05.

Salt Pond then took the lead as Votre Couer rallied into second and Cathy Naz advanced into third.

Votre Couer made it to the front, but Cathy Naz was a close second and gaining quickly on the inside.

They crossed the wire in tandem, with Cathy Naz just getting up in the final strides to win in a final time of 1:13.63.

Cathy Naz is now two-for-nine with one second, two thirds and earnings of more than $75,000.

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Marc Keller’s two-year-old filly Quietude survived a four-horse scramble for the early lead, made the front, opened up a 2 ½-length lead and held on under Dylan Davis to win a seven-furlong $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer by three-quarters of a length Friday. Sent off at 12-1 odds in the field of seven, Quietude won in a final time of 1:28.73 on the sloppy track.

It’s a Lovely Day, the 3-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano, rallied to finish second, two lengths clear of 6-1 gray Pendolino and Manny Franco. The gray Margie Cat and Eric Cancel finished fourth, 3 ¼ lengths behind Pendolino.

Dixie Farm bred Quietude, a daughter of Tapizar out of Free as Tristan by Crafty Friend who sold for $130,000 in August 2017. Trained by Bobby Ribaudo, Quietude was shortening up from eight furlongs to seven off tiring fourth-place finish with blinkers added under Franco on a sloppy track October 11th.

Davis, riding Quietude for the first time, sent her right to the lead, but she had plenty of company as four horses dueled for early control. Quietude had to work hard to get past Pendolino, who held a narrow lead after an opening quarter-mile in :22.59. Then Quietude made the front, leading by a length after a half-mile in :48.25. Quietude stretched her advantage to 2 ½ lengths after three-quarters in 1:14.83.

It’s a Lovely Day found her best stride and closed quickly, but Quietude held her off to win.

 

Mary’s Girl and Southern King Win Maiden Races Before the Snow

Co-owner/trainer Rick Schosberg’s two-year-old filly Mary’s Girl dueled odds-on Traci’s Girl into defeat then held off first-time starter Anydayisherday to win Thursday’s opener at Aqueduct, a 5 ½-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight, by one length under David Cohen in a final time of 1:08.48. Mary’s Girl was sent off at odds of 8-5, Traci’s Girl went off at 1-2 odds under Joel Rosario and Anydayisherday was the 15-1 longshot on the rail in a field of just four.

Anydayisherday finished a clear second, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of Traci’s Girl.

Another firster, 7-1 gray Mats Checkride and Reylu Gutierrez, were a distant fourth.

Later Thursday, races 7 to 9 were canceled because of quite heavy snow.

Sugar Maple Farm bred Mary’s Girl, a daughter of Shanghai Bobby out of Anjorie by A.P. Jet who sold for $71,000 in May. Mary’s Girl finished third in all of her three previous races, the last with Cohen aboard for the first time.

Breaking sharply from the two post, Mary’s Girl got away second as Traci’s Girl took a slim lead on the outside of Mary’s Girl without being able to clear her through a quarter-mile in :24.07 and a half-mile in :48.61.

When Mary’s Girl put away the favorite, she took a clear lead as Anydayisherday made a strong rally on the outside. She drew within a length of Mary’s Girl, but no closer as Mary’s Girl finished strongly to the wire.

Mary’s Girl boosted her earnings to just under $60,000 in four starts.

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Rallying late under Joel Rosario, Enrique Arroyo’s two-year-old colt Southern King surged past front-running Woodbury and Jose Ortiz to win a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by three-quarters of a length Thursday. He completed the one-mile distance in 1:40.15. Southern King was sent off at 3-1 odds and Woodbury went off at odds of 2-1 in the field of six.

Wild Boar, who went off at 9-2 odds from the rail under Jose Lezcano, finished third, 4 ½ lengths behind Woodbury. There was a huge gap back to 10-1 firster Poker Game and Irad Ortiz Jr. in fourth.

Eaton & Thorne bred Southern King, a son of Animal Kingdom out of Southern Truth by Yes It’s True who sold for $15,000 earlier this year and is trained by Joseph Taylor. Southern King rallied strongly to finish third in his six-furlong debut at 11-1 odds under Rosario on October 20th.

Woodbury set the pace while Southern King got away fifth. Woodbury led the 5-1 gray new gelding Taptaptap and Manny Franco by a length through a first quarter-mile in :24.35 and a half-mile in :48.38. Southern King had rallied into fourth by then.

Woodbury stretched his lead to two lengths by running three-quarters of a mile in 1:15.82. Then Southern King closed in quickly. Woodbury tried to hold Southern King off but couldn’t, as Southern King powered past him in deep stretch and began to edge away.

Southern King has earned more than $40,000 in his first two starts.

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Flying down the center of the track under Manny Franco in the snowfall, Robert Susi’s homebred, the three-year-old New York-bred gelding Joe’s Smokin Gun, won his second straight race, taking a seven-furlong $36,000 conditional $25,000 claimer by a length and a quarter Thursday. Sent off at 9-2 odds, Joe’s Smokin Gun won in a final time of 1:28.08.

Infield Is In, the 2-1 favorite in the field of six ridden by Junior Alvarado, finished second, a half-length ahead of 9-2 New York-bred Ragnar Lothbrok and David Cohen. New York-bred Altesino, sent off at odds of 5-1 under Reylu Gutierrez, finished another 7 ¼ length back in fourth.

Timothy Hills trains Joe’s Smokin Gun, a son of Posse out of Wonzit by Tiznow who won a New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer by four lengths under Dylan Davis on October 28th.

Franco let Joe’s Smokin Gun race in fifth early as Ragnar Lothbrok led and Infield Is In chased in second. Joe’s Smokin Gun led by a length after a :25.44 opening quarter-mile. Infield Is In narrowed the frontrunner’s lead to three-quarters of a length through a :48.92 half-mile. Infield Is In closed within a neck of Ragnar Lothbrok, then drew even as Joe’s Smokin Gun arrived on the scene on the far outside.

Joe’s Smokin Gun blew past both Ragnar Lothbrok and Infield Is In to get the victory.

Joe’s Smokin Gun improved his dirt record to two-for-five with one third. He also has four seconds from 12 turf tries, for total earnings of more than $90,000.

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Geared down late by Junior Alvarado after opening a five-length lead, Fortune Farm’s freshened three-year-old filly My Victoria Rose, the 3-5 favorite in a field of seven, won a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer switched from the turf to the “fast” main track by 2 ¾ lengths Thursday. Running in fairly heavy snow, My Victoria Rose won in a final time of 1:14.56.

The gray Bourbon High, sent off at 18-1 odds under Samuel Jiminez, finished a strong second, 3 ½ lengths clear of 5-1 Fiveinthemorning and David Cohen. Unparalleled, who went off at odds of 5-2 from the rail under David Cohen, finished fourth, 4 ½ lengths behind Fiveinthemorning.

Richard Nicolai bred My Victoria Rose, a daughter of Girolamo out of Democrat Taxes by Catienus who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. My Victoria Rose was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time after finishing seventh on grass August 8th at Saratoga.

Alvarado, riding My Victoria Rose for the first time, got her away second on the outside of Unparalleled, who led by a head after a :23.46 first-quarter-mile. Then Alvarado gave My Victoria Rose her cue and she took the lead readily, hitting the half-mile in :48.35. She stretched her cushion to five lengths in mid-stretch before Alvarado took her in hand, and she coasted home an easy victor.

My Victoria Rose now has a win and a second in three dirt starts. She’s also raced twice on turf and has total earnings of more than $30,000.

 

Mr. Buff Gamely Holds on for Open Allowance Victory Wednesday

Chester and Mary Broman’s  homebred, the four-year-old New York-bred gelding Mr. Buff, dueled for the early lead under David Cohen, took over the front and then gamely held off Point to Remember and Junior Alvarado by a head to win a mile-and-an-eighth $75,000 open allowance race Wednesday at Aqueduct in a final time of 1:54.76. Mr. Buff took a lot of late money and went off the slight favorite at 8-5 odds, while Point to Remember was the 9-5 second favorite in the field of six.

Hollywood Strike, sent off at odds of 13-1 from the rail with Jose Ortiz aboard, finished third, three lengths behind Point to Remember.

John Kimmel trains Mr. Buff, a son of Friend Or Foe out of Speightful Affair by Speightstown who was dropping into open allowance company off a solid third-place finish by 2 ½ lengths in the $300,000 Empire Classic for New York-breds at 16-1 odds under Cohen on NY-Bred Showcase Day October 20th.

Mr. Buff broke sharply from the five post and engaged Hollywood Strike. Hollywood Strike led Mr. Buff by a head after a first quarter-mile before Mr. Buff struck the front. He led by a half-length to a length and a half through a :48.33 half-mile, three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.10 and the mile in 1:40.81.

Mr. Buff led Point to Remember by two lengths in mid-stretch before Point to Remember found his best stride and closed powerfully. Mr. Buff dug in and tenaciously held on to the lead in a driving finish.

Mr. Buff is now five-for-21 on dirt with six seconds, three thirds and earnings topping $360,000.

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La Marca Stable’s six-year-old gelding Royal Asset and Joel Rosario challenged Shiraz and Javier Castellano for the early lead, powered past him after the first quarter-mile and went on to a three-length victory in a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred allowance switched from the turf to the “fast” main track. Sent off at 7-2 odds in the field of seven, Royal Asset won in a final time of 1:12.37.

Tribecca, who went off at 4-1 odds under Manny Franco, rallied to finish second, a half-length ahead of 4-1 Benevolence and Eric Cancel. The gray Wicked Macho, sent off at 20-1 odds with Rajiv Maragh up, finished a distant fourth.

Stone Bridge Farm bred Royal Asset, a son of Langfuhr out of Royal Relic by Colonial Affair who is now trained by Rudy Rodriguez. La Marca Stable clamed Royal Asset for $25,000 when he finished second by two lengths on grass at Saratoga at 4-1 odds. After a brief freshening, Royal Asset finished a front-running third by 2 ½ lengths under Franco in an open $32,000 claimer at 3-1 odds in his first start for his new connections on October 18th.

Rosario got him out of the gate quickly Wednesday and he settled just a head off front-running 7-2 Shiraz through an opening quarter-mile in :22.51.

Then Royal Asset took over, hitting the half-mile in :46.68. He widened his lead through deep stretch to win easily while being geared down late.

Royal Asset is now five-for-13 on dirt with two seconds. He also has a win, two seconds and a pair of thirds in eight grass starts, for combined earnings of more than $265,000.

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In a game effort under Javier Castellano, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ new claim, the three-year-old filly Stay Good, made the lead, surrendered it briefly and then came again to win a $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer as the 4-5 favorite. She broke from the rail in a field of eight and covered the seven-furlong distance in 1:29.72 to give her trainer, Rudy Rodriguez, his second consecutive winner of the afternoon Wednesday.

Lovely Escort, sent off at odds of 5-1 under Eric Cancel, finished a gutsy second, a length and a half ahead of 8-1 First Dawn and Harry Hernandez. There was a six-length gap back to 41-1 Sweet Breeze and Hector Diaz Jr. in fourth.

Repole Stables bred Stay Good, a daughter of Stay Thirsty out of Ready and Good by More Than Ready who was making just her second career start. e Five Racing claimed Stay Good for $25,000 when she finished a distant seventh in her debut at Saratoga on August 28th at 5-1 odds. Rodriguez freshened his new filly, and she made it to the winner’s circle.

This was a two-horse battle from beginning to end, with Stay Good rushing up on the inside of Lovely Escort to take a head lead after a :23.81 first quarter-mile. Stay Good edged away a bit to lead by three-quarters of a length through a :48.71 half-mile, but Lovely Escort surged again and stuck her neck in front. Stay Good responded with another surge of her own to reclaim the lead and win narrowly.

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