Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: December 1 to 7

Noble Freud Hangs On for Allowance Victory Friday

By Bill Heller

Manny Franco and Head of Plains Partners’ four-year-old filly Noble Freud made the lead near the sixteenth pole, opened a length-and-a-half advantage and held on to win a six-furlong $67,000 New York-bred allowance by a half-length Friday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 7-2 odds from the outside post in a field of eight, Noble Freud won in a final time of 1:13.09.

Fair Regis, a 9-1 shot piloted by Luis Reyes, rallied boldly on the inside to finish second, 3 ½ lengths clear of 3-1 Shimmering Moon and Eric Cancel. My Roxy Girl, sent off at odds of 10-1 under Rajiv Maragh, finished another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

Eklektikos Stable and Three Chimneys Farm bred Noble Freud, a son of Freud out of Noble Fire by Hook and Ladder who sold for $30,000 in October 2015 and is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Noble Freud had finished third in his two prior starts under Irad Ortiz Jr.

Franco got him away third as 13-1 Royal Inheritance battled My Roxy Girl for the early lead through a :23.24 first quarter-mile. Noble Freud worked her way up to second through a :47.65 half-mile, then took over. She opened a clear lead and then had to work to hold off Fair Regis on the inside.

Noble Freud is now two-for-seven on dirt with two seconds and three thirds. She also has one win from three turf tries, for total earnings topping $200,000.


Happy Face Racing Stable’s gray two-year-old filly Forever Changed and Junior Alvarado charged between Short Pour and Three Birds and went on to a 2 ¼-length victory in a $64,000 New York-bred allowance Friday. She went off as the 4-5 favorite and completed the one-mile distance in 1:41.28.

Three Birds, sent off at odds of 9-2 under Eric Cancel, finished second, 8 ½ lengths ahead of 4-1 Short Pour and Jose Lezcano. Mary’s Girl and David Cohen, who went off at 7-1 odds, reported home a distant fourth.

Seth Gregory and Robert Earney bred Forever Changed, a daughter of Flashback out of Elle Tish Slew by Eltish who is trained by Charlie Baker. Forever Changed was making just her third career start after finishing second in her debut and then winning a maiden special weight by 3 ¾ lengths at 4-5 odds.

Alvarado let her settle in fourth on the inside as Short Pour set the pace, getting an opening quarter-mile in :24.39 and a half-mile in :49.16.

Then Three Birds, who had been last in the field of seven, made a bold four-wide bid on the far outside as Alvarado sat patiently with Forever Changed.

Alvarado took Forever Changed off the rail and shot her between Short Pour and Three Birds. She bulled her way through between them, made the lead, and drew away late.

Forever Changed is now two-for-three with one second and earnings of more than $80,000.


Trainer Linda Rice added blinkers to Joseph Hinkhouse and The Warnick Stable’s two-year-old filly Diamond Princess and she validated that decision, collaring front-running 25-1 Queen of Umaill and Jose Lezcano mid-race and drawing away to a 2 ¾-length victory under Junior Alvarado in a $60,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Friday. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of seven, Diamond Princess completed the five and a half furlongs in 1:07.10.

Abraxan, the 3-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Manny Franco, rallied to finish second, almost seven lengths clear of 10-1 September Gurl and Eric Cancel. It’s a Keyper, who was also adding blinkers and went off at 9-1 odds with Reylu Gutierrez aboard, finished just another head back in fourth.

Fred Hertrich III bred Diamond Princess, a daughter of Gemologist out of Red Menace by Stormy Atlantic who sold for $85,000 in May. Diamond Princess was returning to dirt off a fourth-place finish on turf with Irad Ortiz Jr. up at 6-1 odds.

Alvarado got her away second as Queen of Umaill took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :22.73. Then Diamond Princess make a quick move to take over, hitting the half-mile in :47.33 with an expanding lead. She coasted home late to win comfortably.


Slaughterrock Racing Stable’s four-year-old New York-bred filly Princess Mikayah took charge at the head of the stretch and then took off, winning a one-mile $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer by 9 ½ lengths under Luis Reyes on Friday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 8-1 odds in the field of eight, Princess Mikayah won in a final time of  1:43.62.

Eight Minute Ellie, sent off at odds of 5-1 under Hector Diaz Jr., finished a clear second, three lengths ahead of New York-bred Tequila Sunday, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Edwin Gonzalez. New York-bred Laura’s Patriot, who went off at 7-2 odds with Harry Hernandez up, finished a distant fourth. A claim of foul by Gonzalez against the winner at the head of the stretch was not allowed by the stewards, who had also raised an inquiry.

Princess Mikayah, a daughter of Patriot Act out of Carl’s Bird Day by Watch the Bird, was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pappalardo and is trained by Eskei Beech. Princess Mikayah finished a distant fifth under Dalton Brown at 35-1 odds in her previous start on November 2nd.

Reyes got Princess Mikayah away third as Sophie Germain, who was adding blinkers and went off at 12-1 odds under Benjamin Hernandez, took a two-length lead over Tequila Sunday through a :24.02 first quarter-mile. After a half-mile in :48.25, Princess Mikayah made her move for the lead around the far turn.

When she came out of that turn, she was in front. She then opened up on the field without really being asked for her best, winning utterly isolated at the wire.

Princess Mikayah improved her dirt record to two-for-14 with one third. She has also raced four times on turf, for total earnings of more than $50,000.


In Friday’s finale, a one-mile $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, Benjamin Hernandez rallied Tobey Morton’s three-year-old gelding Raging Fire past front-running favorite Santo Antonio and Luis Reyes to a length-and-a-quarter victory in a final time of 1:42.70. Raging Fire was sent off at odds of 9-1 and Santa Antonio went off at 4-5 odds in the field of 11.

Dublin Leprechaun, sent off at 11-1 odds under Reylu Gutierrez, finished third, a length and a half behind Santo Antonio while one length ahead of 3-1 Local Edition and Manny Franco.

Gentry Stable bred Raging Fire, a son of Tapizar out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Splendor who sold for $60,000 as a two-year-old in March 2017 and is trained by John Kimmel. Raging Fire finished third at 9-1 odds in his previous start.

Raging Fire set up in third Friday as Santo Antonio took the field through splits of :24.65, :47.95 and 1:14.68.

Santo Antonio had a two-length lead at that point, but Raging Fire ran him down late.

Raging Fire is now one-for-11 on dirt with four thirds and earnings of more than $30,000.


Dream Passage Just Gets Up to Win Grass Allowance Saturday

Rallying from far back under Joe Bravo, Circle B Racing’s four-year-old filly Dream Passage won a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance by a neck Saturday at Aqueduct. Sent off the 5-2 second choice from the two post in a field of 12, Dream Passage won in a final time of 1:10.06 on the “good” outer turf course.

Something Joyful, sent off at odds of 9-2 under Javier Castellano, led briefly late but had to settle for second, a half-length ahead of 20-1 front-running Cirque and Pablo Fragoso. Wantagh Queen, who went off at 17-1 odds with Jose Lezcano up, finished just a neck behind Cirque in fourth.

Wellspring Stables bred Dream Passage, a daughter of Stormy Atlantic out of Raffie’s Dream by Raffie’s Majesty who sold for $130,000 and is trained by Brad Cox. Dream Passage was returning to turf off a rallying third-place finish as the 3-2 favorite under Joel Rosario on November 7th.

Bravo let her settle far back Saturday as Cirque took the field to a first quarter-mile in :22.20 and a half-mile in :45.50. Cirque had a two-length lead at that point and continued on strongly as both Something Joyful and Dream Passage rallied boldly on the outside.

Something Joyful took the lead in deep stretch before Dream Passage got up in the final 100 yards.

Dream Passage improved her turf record to three-for-12 with four seconds and one third. She also has three thirds from three dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $180,000.


Alan Brodsky’s four-year-old gelding Wrong Ben did nothing wrong Saturday, winning his second straight race wire-to-wire under Jose Lezcano. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of 10, Wrong Ben took the lead immediately and kept it, winning Saturday’s finale, a 6 ½-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance, by a length and a quarter in a final time of 1:17.79.

Suas, who went off at odds of 7-1 under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, a length and a half clear of 12-1 Our Last Buck and Eric Cancel. Smokin Platinum, sent off at 7-2 odds with Mike Luzzi riding, finished just another head back in fourth.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds bred Wrong Ben, a son of Here Comes Ben out of Right On It by E Dubai who sold for $25,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2015 and is trained by Mark Hennig. Wrong Ben won his prior race, an open $16,000 claimer, by 2 ¼ lengths coast-to-coast under Lezcano at 13-1 odds on September 27th at Belmont Park. Hennig freshened Wrong Ben and he returned with another strong performance.

He broke on top from the four post and led 31-1 Expediter and Luis Reyes by a length through a :22.71 first quarter-mile. Wrong Ben edged away to lead by a length and a half after a half-mile in :45.98. Wrong Ben then stretched his advantage to two lengths by running three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.00.

Suas rallied strongly into second and went after Wrong Ben, who had plenty left to preserve the victory.

Wrong Ben is now five-for-11 on dirt with earnings of more than $120,000.

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