Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: April 10 to 14

Fifty Five Returns With an Open Stakes Victory Sunday

By Bill Heller

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Finely tuned for her return by trainer Chad Brown, Peter Brant’s idle five-year-old New York-bred mare Fifty Five made a sensational return from a near-six-month layoff under Irad Ortiz Jr. Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct. Rallying from last in a field of five, Fifty Five scored her third consecutive victory, taking the one-mile $100,000 Plenty of Grace Stakes, a race she finished second by a length in a year ago, by nearly two lengths. Sent off at 1-2 odds from the rail, Fifty Five won in a final time of 1:36.10 on the “good” inner turf course.

Conquest Hardaway, sent off at odds of 12-1 under Dylan Davis, completed a New York-bred exacta, finishing second, a half-length ahead of 5-2 Thais (FR) and Manny Franco.

Empire Equines bred Fifty Five, a daughter of Get Stormy out of Soave by Brahms who hadn’t raced since October 20th, when she followed her two-length victory in the John Hettinger Stakes with a one-length score in the Ticonderoga Stakes on New York-bred Showcase Day.

Brown couldn’t have done a better job getting his incredibly consistent mare, who has now finished in the money in 15 of her 16 grass starts, ready for her return.

Ortiz let Fifty Five settle in last as 7-1 Coffee Crush and Jose Lezcano took the field through splits of :23.44, :47.55 and 1:11.62.

Ortiz had rallied Fifty Five into fourth by then, and he angled her to the outside for a clear run. Once clear, she uncorked an impressive run, quickly taking the lead and extending it. She won comfortably.

“It was really easy,” Ortiz said. “Se always tries. She’s honest and she does everything right.”

Brown appreciated Ortiz’s ride: “She had a good trip. Irad rode her beautifully.”

Fifty Five is now eight-for-17 in her all-grass career, with two seconds, five thirds and earnings of more than $710,000.

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He may have given his backers at odds of 1-5 a tad of concern early, but Bass Racing’s freshened Gulfstream Park shipper Fort Worth made his New York-bred debut a winning one, taking charge in mid-stretch under Manny Franco and powering away to a 6 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s opener, a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight. Taken in-hand late, Fort Worth won in a final time of 1:36.44.

Red Zinger, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-1 odds, finished a well-clear second, nearly 15 lengths ahead of 30-1 He’smyluckyfellow and Rajiv Maragh. Papa Jim, also sent off at odds of 5-1 from the rail under Dylan Davis, was just another head back in fourth.

Danzel Brendenmuel and Clock Z Racing Stable bred Fort Worth, a son of City Zip out of Auspicious by Indian Charlie who sold for $550,000 as a two-year-old in March 2018 and is trained by Todd Pletcher. Fort Worth was making just his second career start after finishing third by 5 ¾ lengths at 3-5 odds in his open-company maiden debut under John Velazquez on February 16th. Fort Worth drilled four consecutive bullet works for his return, and he didn’t disappoint.

Fort Worth broke sharply from the two post, but Franco took a hold of him and settled him in third, allowing Papa Jim and Red Zinger to duke it out on the front end through an opening quarter-mile in :23.01 and a fast half-mile in :45.47.

Red Zinger put away Papa Jim and opened a two-length advantage before Fort Worth came calling for the lead. Fort Worth blew past Red Zinger and opened up quickly before being taken in-hand late.

With a win and a third to begin his career, Fort Worth has earned more than $35,000.

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Despite racing wide the entire trip, co-owner/trainer Rick Schosberg and Clear Star Stable’s idle Ruvies in Time took a six-furlong $55,000 New York-bred starter allowance/optional $60,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies Sunday by 3 ½ lengths under Eric Cancel. Sent off at 19-1 odds in the field of six, Ruvies in Time won in a final time of 1:12.15.

Warrens Vengeance, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 3-1 odds with seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez up, finished second, 3 ½ lengths ahead of 7-2 Stabilize and Manny Franco. Quietude, sent off at odds of 5-2 under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished fourth, a length and three-quarters behind Stabilize.

Mashnee Stables and Steve Schuster bred Ruvies in Time, a daughter of The Factor out of Hollywood Redhead by Tapit who sold for $95,000 as a two-year-old in May 2018. Ruvies in Time hadn’t raced since December 30th, when she finished third in an open starter allowance/optional $60,000 claimer under Cancel. Schosberg gave her plenty of time to recover, and she came back running.

Cancel let Ruvies in Time linger in last as 9-5 Diamond Princess and Junior Alvarado set the pace under heavy pressure from 11-1 Ok Honey and Dylan Davis through an opening quarter-mile in :23.29 and a half-mile in :47.08. By then, Ruvies in Time had rallied three-wide into third.

Ruvies in Time maintained her momentum, opened a safe lead and maintained it through the stretch.

Ruvies in Time is now two-for-six on dirt with earnings of more than $60,000.

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With a powerful, sweeping rally around the far turn under Manny Franco, Michael Boylan’s freshened three-year-old gray gelding Monaghan made his turf debut a memorable one, winning a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass by three lengths. Sent off at 14-1 odds in the field of 10, Monaghan won in a final time of 1:45.50 on the “good” outer turf course to give Franco his third victory of the day in Sunday’s sixth race.

Awesome Adversary, sent off at odds of 5-1 with Hector Diaz Jr. up, finished second, 2 ¼ lengths clear of Legion Storm, the 9-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Dylan Davis. Mr. Vincent, who was racing with an aluminum pad off and was sent off at 7-2 odds under Jose Lezcano, finished fourth one length behind Legion Storm.

Mrs. Gerald Nielsen bred Monaghan, a son of Desert Party out of Dancing for Glory by Exchange Rate who is trained by Michelle Nevin. Monaghan was making just his third career start after finishing eighth and tenth on dirt. Nevin freshened Monaghan, switched surfaces and changed jockeys to Franco, who delivered a flawless ride.

Franco let Monaghan settle far off the pace set by 30-1 Ticked All Deboxes and Samuel Camacho Jr., who took the field to a half-mile in :48.36. Ticked All Deboxes took a narrow lead into the far turn as Monaghan began passing rivals quickly on the extreme outside.

Monaghan sustained his rally, took over in early stretch and drew away impressively.

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In Sunday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, Kendrick Carmouche rallied Edition Farm’s homebred four-year-old gelding Riendo from off the pace to a 2 ½-length victory, giving trainer Rick Schosberg his second win of the afternoon. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of 10, Riendo won in a final time of 1:45.75.

My Amanjena, who went off at odds of 2-1 under Irad Ortiz Jr., nosed Impazible Odds, the 9-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Junior Alvarado, for second. Millionaire Joe, sent off at 21-1 odds with Eric Cancel riding, finished just another neck back in fourth.

Post time for the finale was moved up five minutes due to dense fog.

Blessed Honour, who went off at 69-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, set at least part of the pace, taking the field to three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.32.

When the front end collapsed, Riendo took advantage, powering to the lead and drawing away.

Riendo is now one-for-12 on grass with one second and earnings of more than $30,000.

 

Newly Minted Dazzles in Debut Saturday

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In an eye-popping debut under Jose Lezcano, Beach Haven Thoroughbreds’ three-year-old filly Newly Minted rushed up the rail to take the lead from fellow firster Doll, put that rival away and drew off, taking a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by 5 ¾ lengths. Sent off at 8-1 odds in the field of eight, Newly Minted won in a final time of 1:11.38 to give Lezcano his second winner of the afternoon Saturday at Aqueduct.

Bank Examiner, who went off at odds of 2-1 with Junior Alvarado up, finished second, a length and a half clear of Doll, also sent off at 2-1 odds from the outside post under Manny Franco. Yet another first-time starter, 6-1 Singular Sensation and Joe Bravo, checked in fourth, 6 ¼ lengths behind Doll.

Chester and Mary Broman bred Newly Minted, a daughter of Central Banker out of Newbie by Bernardini who sold for $110,000 as a two-year-old in April 2018 and is trained by Linda Rice. Newly Minted had seven works for her debut, none of them particularly fast, which may have been reflected in her odds.

Using the rail to her advantage, Newly Minted broke second, then rushed up to gain a neck lead on Doll, who broke on top, through a :22.67 first quarter-mile. Newly Minted edged away to a half-length advantage after a half-mile in :46.79, then took off, quickly opening a gaping lead. She was in-hand late in a powerful performance.

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In Saturday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer switched from the turf to the muddy main track, Kendrick Carmouche rallied Ivery Sisters Racing’s three-year-old colt Nueva York up the rail to a 2 ½-length victory. Sent off at 5-2 odds with blinkers removed in a field of six, Nueva York won in a final time of 1:12.74.

First-time starter Adios Amigos, who also went off at odds of 5-2 with Joe Bravo riding, finished second, three lengths clear of front-running 7-2 Suremoney and seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez. The Grand Canal, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano, finished fourth, 3 ¼ lengths behind Suremoney.

Off the Hook Partners bred Nueva York, a son of Flatter out of Pondside by Forestry who was claimed for $30,000 when he finished fourth at 15-1 odds under Reylu Gutierrez on January 26th. New trainer David Cannizzo added blinkers, and Nueva York finished a distant fifth under Gutierrez in a maiden special weight on February 22nd. Cannizzo freshened his colt, removed blinkers, dropped him back into a maiden claimer and changed riders.

Carmouche settled Nueva York in fourth as Suremoney took the field to a first quarter-mile in :22.61 and a half-mile in :47.14. Then Nueva York gained on the rail as Adios Amigos advanced on the outside.

Nueva York took the lead and opened up late to break his maiden in just his fourth career start.

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Mr. Amore Stable’s first-time-starting gelding Morgantown came out running to take the lead, turned back a bold challenge from gigantic longshot Central Time and went on to a length-and-a-quarter victory under Eric Cancel in a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer for three-year-olds Saturday. Sent off the 2-1 second choice in a field of nine, Morgantown won in a final time of 1:12.81 on a track updated from “sloppy” to “muddy.”

Coolboy, who went off at odds of 5-1 under Junior Alvarado, rallied to be a clear second, nine lengths ahead of Central Time, sent off at 80-1 odds under Samuel Camacho Jr. Wilson’s Holiday, a 28-1 shot ridden by seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished a distant fourth.

Ron Lombardi bred Morgantown, a son of Bustin Stones out of Wv Mountain Mama by More Than Ready who is trained by Kelly Breen. Morgantown’s final of five workouts for his debut was a solid six furlongs at Palm Meadows in 1:15 4/5.

Morgantown shot to the lead like a seasoned pro, leading Central Time by a head after an opening quarter-mile in :22.40. He stretched the lead to a half-length by running a half-mile in :46.79, then drew away as Central Time tired and Coolboy rallied into second. Morgantown held him safe all the way to the wire.

 

Wantagh Queen Edges Questeq in Grass Allowance Friday

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Terry Bruner’s eight-year-old mare Wantagh Queen and Jose Lezcano wore down front-running favorite Questeq and Dylan Davis in deep stretch to take a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance by a neck in a final time of 1:08.87 on the “firm” outer turf course Friday at Aqueduct. Wantagh Queen was sent off at odds of 6-1 and Questeq was part of the 6-5 favored entry in the field of nine.

Merlins Muse, who went off at 5-1 odds with Eric Cancel up, reported home third, 3 ½ lengths behind Questeq. Barrel of Destiny, sent off at 5-2 odds with Manny Franco riding, finished another half-length back in fourth.

James Lamonica bred Wantagh Queen, a daughter of Utopia (JPN) out of Queen of the City by Medaglia d’Oro who is trained by David Donk. Wantagh Queen was shipping back to New York off a third-place finish in an open $16,000 grass claimer at Gulfstream Paro at 9-1 odds on March 10th.

Questeq and Wantagh Queen were 1-2 the entire race. Questeq maintained a one-length lead on Wantagh Queen through a first quarter-mile in :22.54 and a half-mile in :45.07.

Then Wantagh Queen upped the pressure and the two hard-hitting mares duked it out head-to-head through the stretch, with Wantagh Queen edging away in the final 200 yards.

Wantagh Queen is now four-for-36 on turf with three seconds and five thirds. She also has one third from 10 dirt races, for combined earnings of more than $185,000.

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My Purple Haze Stables’ debuting three-year-old colt Freudnme surged to the lead near the sixteenth pole and went on to a one-length victory under Dylan Davis in a 6 ½-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight Friday. Sent off at 16-1 odds from the nine post in a field of 10, Freudnme won in a final time of 1:18.25.

Bears Mafia, sent off at odds of 11-1 with Kendrick Carmouche riding, was a strong second despite a wide trip. Step to the Bank, who was adding Lasix and went off at 3-1 odds under Hector Diaz Jr., finished third, 3 ½ lengths behind Bears Mafia. There was a four-length gap back to 3-1 front-running Bassman Dave and Eric Cancel in fourth.

Blue Devil Racing bred Freudnme, a son of Freud out of Nobody But Me by Trust N Luck who is trained by Chris Englehart. Freudnme’s final of five works for his debut was a strong five furlongs from the gate in 1:01 on the Belmont Park training track, second fastest of 35 horses working that distance the morning of March 30th.

Davis settled Freudnme in fourth as Bassman Dave set the pace while chased by Step to the Bank and 6-1 Light the Posse, ridden by Chris DeCarlo, through an opening quarter-mile in :22.65 and a half-mile in :45.37. Step to the Bank, Freudnme and Bears Mafia rallied two-, three- and four-wide, respectively, around the far turn.

Step to the Bank went on to take the lead as Freudnme rallied into second. Freudnme sustained his momentum and wore down Step to the Bank. Freudnme had enough left to hold off Bears Mafia.

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In a thrilling six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass Friday, seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez got Finest Racing Stable and Leroy Barroca’s freshened three-year-old gelding Coach Villa up in the final stride to nose Givetheman a Cigar and Dylan Davis in a final time of 1:09.83 on the outer turf course. Coach Villa, who was shedding blinkers, went off at 6-1 odds from the rail and Givetheman a Cigar was sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of 10.

Front-running Velmont, who went off at odds of 5-1 under Manny Franco, finished third, a length and a half behind Givetheman a Cigar while a head in fromt of 4-1 Magnesite, who was adding blinkers with Eric Cancel up.

Sean O’Conner bred Coach Villa, a son of Big Brown out of Street Magic by Street Hero who is trained by Nick Zito. Coach Villa was returning to turf off a rallying third-place finish at 7-1 odds on dirt under Martinez February 8th.

Breaking from the six and seven posts, respectively, Velmont and Givetheman a Cigar got away 1-2 and remained that way through quick splits of :22.18 and :44.76.

By then, Coach Villa had advanced three-wide from eighth to fourth. Givetheman a Cigar finally cleared Velmont, but couldn’t hold off Coach Villa, who just got up in a tight photo.

Coach Villa is now one-for-four on turf and one-for-five on dirt with one second and one third. He has earned more than $40,000.

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Chester and Mary Broman’s idle homebred four-year-old gelding Fast Getaway, the 9-5 second choice in a field of eight under Jose Lezcano, took charge past mid-stretch and went on to a length-and-a-quarter victory in a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance, giving Lezcano his third winner of the day Friday. Fast Getaway won in a final time of 1:08.97 on the “firm” outer turf course.

Mystical Song, sent off at odds of 6-1 from the outside post under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, finished second, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of 51-1 Bettor Bank On It and Dylan Davis. There was a length-and-a-quarter gap back to 9-2 Shamrock Kid and Kendrick Carmouche in fourth.

Linda Rice trains Fast Getaway, a son of Into Mischief out of Stolen Star by Cat Thief who was nosed in his prior start on October 25th. Rice did an outstanding job getting him ready for his first start in more than 5 ½ months.

Lezcano had her forwardly placed early as 68-1 Lohengrin Two and Oscar Gomez took the field to a fast first quarter-mile in :21.94. Then Big Engine, the 8-5 favorite on the rail ridden by Manny Franco, took over, hitting the half-mile in :44.95.

When the front end collapsed, Fast Getaway took the lead, edging away to a handy victory.

Fast Getaway is now two-for-four on turf with one second and earnings of more than $95,000.

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In Friday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, Thomas Thienel’s idle homebred five-year-old mare Grand Banks and Junior Alvarado ran down front-running longshot Sweet Breeze and Samuel Jiminez on the way to a 2 ¾-length victory. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of 10, Grand Banks won in a final time of 1:45.06 on the “firm” inner turf course.

Handle With Care, sent off at 3-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche, finished second, a length and three-quarters ahead of 4-1 Two Graces and Eric Cancel. Middle Out, who went off at odds of 2-1 under Manny Franco, finished fourth, another half-length back.

John Verrino co-bred Grand Banks, a daughter of Paddy O’ Prado out of Far and Away by Strong Hope who is now trained by Jim Bond. Grand Banks hadn’t raced since December 8th, when she finished  a distant fifth under Alvarado at 6-1 odds for trainer Jeremiah Englehart.

On Friday, Alvarado settled Grand Banks in third as 99-1 Sweet Breeze and Samuel Jiminez took the field to three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.40. Then Grand Banks took over, opened a comfortable lead and won easily.

Grand Banks improved her grass record to one-for-16 with five seconds and a pair of thirds. She also has one second and two thirds from nine dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $115,000.

 

Eloweasel Scores in Open Grass Allowance Thursday

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Benefitting from an ideal trip under Eric Cancel, co-owner/trainer David Donk, Suzanne Haslup and Sean Carney’s idle six-year-old New York-bred mare Eloweasel rolled to a two-length victory in a six-furlong $75,000 grass allowance Thursday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 5-2 odds from the rail in a field of nine, Eloweasel won in a final time of 1:08.61 on the “firm” outer turf course.

Jimi Bags, who also went off at odds of 5-2 with Jose Lezcano riding, edged 6-1 gray Helen’s Tiger and Luis Reyes by a neck for second.

Fox Ridge Farm bred Eloweasel, a daughter of City Zip out of A.P. Test by A.P. Indy who hadn’t raced since November 21st, when she finished second at 9-5 odds in an open turf allowance under John Velazquez. Credit Donk for having his filly read to go off a layoff of more than 4 ½ months.

Cancel got Eloweasel forwardly placed early as 15-1 New York-bred Forgotten Hero and Mike Luzzi took the field to a blazing :21.78 first quarter-mile under pressure from 99-1 New York-bred Play Me a Memory and seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez.

Forgotten Hero maintained a slim edge by running a half-mile in a challenging :44.70.

Eloweasel had been shuffled back to seventh, but rallied up the rail quickly into contention before Cancel angled her outside. Eloweasel split Forgotten Hero and a rallying Helen’s Tiger to take the lead. She finished strongly to win handily.

Eloweasel is now four-for-25 on grass with four seconds and five thirds. She also one second from three dirt races, for combined earnings of more than $290,000.

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Racing for purse money only, Barry Schwartz and Andrew Rosen’s freshened three-year-old homebred colt Just Right shadowed front-running Trips Ups, took the lead immediately when asked by Manny Franco and blew the competition away, capturing a one-mile $66,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $75,000 claimer by eight lengths in a final time of 1:37.62. The late scratch of Just Right’s entrymate Beachside – when the entry was 4-5 on the toteboard – mandated that Just Right would race for purse money only.

The gray Tiergan, sent off at 2-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished second, a neck ahead of Bebe Banker, part of a 4-1 entry under Samuel Camacho Jr. Trips Up, who went off at odds of 8-1 under Kendrick Carmouche, finished just another nose back in fourth.

Todd Pletcher trains Just Right, a son of Into Mischief out of Perfect Package by Tiznow who hadn’t raced since finishing seventh at 4-1 odds under Jose Lezcano in the $101,000 Rego Park Stakes on January 13th.

Breaking from the outside post in a field of seven, Just Right settled in on the flank of Trips Up, who led by three-quarters of a length through splits of :23.22, :46.08 and 1:11.21.

Then Franco let Just Right loose and he quickly took the front and opened up powerfully, winning easily without being asked late.

Just Right is now three-for-eight with two seconds and more than $140,000 in earnings.

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In a seven-furlong $50,000 New York-bred $25,000-$30,000 claimer for three-year-olds, Robbie Davis rallied Robert Bone’s gelding Fleet Warrior, the slight 2-1 favorite in a field of six, to a 3 ½-length victory in a final time of 1:25.50.

Threatlovesmidnite, sent off at odds of 7-2 from the rail with Manny Franco aboard, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Jack Bo, the 2-1 second choice ridden by Kendrick Carmouche. Big Mountain, who went off at 10-1 odds with Luis Reyes up, finished fourth, 6 ¼ lengths behind Jack Bo.

Hibiscus Stable bred Fleet Warrior, a son of Bustin Stones out of Your Time Is Up by Freud who sold for $35,000 as a yearling in 2017 and is now trained by Rob Atras. Bone claimed Fleet Warrior for $30,000 on February 8th, when he won a maiden claimer by a half-length under Davis at 2-1 odds. In his first start for his new connections on March 16th, Fleet Warrior and Davis finished second by three-quarters of a length in a New York-bred $32,000 claimer at 7-2 odds.

Fleet Warrior broke sharply Thursday, but Davis conceded the early lead to Big Mountain. Fleet Warrior alternated in second and third with Jack Bo on his outside. Big Mountain led by one length after a first quarter in :22.93, then by just a neck as Jack Bo challenged him on the outside after a testing half-mile in :45.85.

Jack Bo took the front as Fleet Warrior advanced quickly three-wide. Jack Bo led by a length past mid-stretch before Fleet Warrior rocketed past him and opened up impressively.

Fleet Warrior is now two-for-five with one second and earnings topping $60,000.

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In Thursday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez rallied Say a Prayer Stable’s four-year-old homebred filly Roses From Ben to a neck victory. Sent off at 38-1 odds from the outside post in a field of 11 in his turf debut, Roses From Ben won in a final time of 1:09.93 on the “firm” outer turf course.

My First Gal, who went off at odds of 5-2 under Joe Bravo, nipped 5-2 Kathy’s Cause and Dylan Davis by a head for second. Abby Normal, sent off at 13-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished fourth, just a neck behind Kathy’s Cause.

Rodrigo Ubillo trains Roses From Ben, a daughter of Here Comes Ben out of Turf and Roses by Millions who was switching to turf off a much-improved third-place finish at 32-1 odds under Harrison on March 24th.

Harrison got her away eighth on Thursday as 3-1 Wailin Josie and Eric Cancel set the pace under heavy pressure from 16-1 Seattle Frost and Kendrick Carmouche through a quick half-mile in :45.33.

When the pacesetters tired, a huge pack of closers charged for the lead. The one moving fastest in deep stretch was Roses From Ben, who prevailed in a tight four-horse finish.

Now one-for-one on turf and one-for-six on dirt with one third, Roses From Ben has earned more than $30,000.

 

Tribecca Delivers at 3-5 Wednesday at Aqueduct

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Red Storm Stable and Gerard Stuchbury’s five-year-old gelding Tribecca backed up his 3-5 odds under Manny Franco with a thoroughly professional 2 ¼-length coast-to-coast victory in a $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer at Aqueduct Wednesday. Tribecca completed the six-furlong distance in 1:11.55.

Candid Desire, sent off at odds of 6-1 from the outside post in a field of six under Eric Cancel, rallied to finish second, a half-length ahead of 12-1 Sicilia Mike and Dylan Davis. Five Star Bunt, who went off at 9-1 odds with Irad Ortiz Jr. up, finished just another head back in fourth.

Laurel Least and Joseph Lech bred Tribecca, a son of Bustin Stones out of Heck by Heckle who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Tribecca was dropping back into state-bred company off a tiring fourth-place finish in an open $25,000 starter allowance under Franco on March 3rd.

Breaking sharply from the two post, Tribecca took the led and Five Star Bunt settled in second. Tribecca led Five Star Bunt by two lengths after a :23.24 opening quarter-mile. Five Star Bunt narrowed the margin to one length after a half-mile in :47.19.

Then Franco asked Tribecca for a little more and he spurted away through the stretch, winning handily.

Tribecca improved his dirt record to six-for-24 with four seconds and four thirds. He has also raced four times on turf and has total earnings topping $340,000.

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Everything Cricket Racing’s homebred Tzipi and Jose Lezcano nipped front-running Prisoner’s Dilemma and Irad Ortiz Jr. by neck in a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass for three-year-old fillies Wednesday. Tzipi won in a final time of 1:10.66 on the “firm” outer turf course. Tzipi was sent off at 3-1 odds and Prisoner’s Dilemma went off at odds of 2-1 from the rail in a field of 11 reduced to nine with a pair of late scratches.

Gunboat Diplomacy, a 16-1 shot piloted by Eric Cancel, finished third, 1 ¾ lengths behind Prisoner’s Dilemma while the same margin clear of 8-1 firster JJ Jen and Dylan Davis in fourth.

Linda Rice trains Tzipi, a daughter of City Zip out of Ahvee’s Destiny by Rizzi who was making just her second career start after finishing fourth at 5-1 odds in her debut on dirt under Lezcano March 3rd.

Lezcano got Tzipi away in mid-pack as Prisoner’s Dilemma and 2-1 Andretta, with Joe Bravo aboard, hooked up immediately on the front end. Prisoner’s Dilemma maintained a head lead on Andretta through a first quarter-mile in :23.11 and a half-mile in :46.31. Tzipi had rallied into third by then.

When Prisoner’s Dilemma finally put away Andretta, she was immediately confronted by Tzipi. Prisoner’s Dilemma was tenacious, but Tzipi wore her down in the final 100 yards to win.

With a win and a fourth to begin her career, Tzipi has earned more than $35,000.

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Beautifully rated on the front end by Kendrick Carmouche, Midwest Thoroughbreds’ five-year-old New York-bred mare Got the Gist captured her second straight race Wednesday, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $38,000 conditional $30,000 grass claimer, by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:43.18 on the “firm” inner turf course. Got the Gist was the 3-1 second choice on the rail in the field of nine.

New York-bred gray Dynamite Kitten, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado, ran a remarkable race to finish second despite blowing the clubhouse turn and racing on the far outside around the far turn. She just kept coming. New York-bred Laura’s Patriot, sent off at odds of 9-2 with Hector Diaz Jr. in the saddle, finished third, nearly three lengths behind Dynamite Kitten.

Stacy Leppala bred Got the Gist, a daughter of Lookin At Lucky out of Wine Bar by Cuvee who was making her second start for trainer Danny Gargan after winning a maiden $25,000 claimer on dirt gate-to-wire by 4 ¼ lengths under Carmouche on March 15th.

Got the Gist took the lead immediately and raced with a two- to three-length cushion through splits of :23.23, :48.42 and 1:12.55. Dynamite Kitten had rallied into second by then, and she closed in on the frontrunner, who held her safe to the finish line.

Got the Gist is now one-for-four on grass with one third. She is also one-for-six on dirt with one second, for total earnings of more than $60,000.

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Rallying from way back under Joel Sone, ML Racing’s five-year-old gelding Fleet Irish got up in the final stride to edge front-running gray Big Thicket and Rajiv Maragh by a head Wednesday in a $46,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer. He completed the one-mile distance in 1:40.65. Fleet Irish was sent off at odds of 10-1 and Big Thicket went off at 7-1 odds in the field of six.

O Shea Can U See, sent off at 6-1 odds under Oscar Gomez, finished third, three lengths behind Big Thicket while 7 ½ lengths clear of You Tell Me, part of the 2-5 favorite entry under Kendrick Carmouche.

Newtown Anner Stud bred Fleet Irish, a son of Dublin out of Mia’s First by Malabar Gold who is trained by Rachel Sells. Fleet Irish finished a distant fifth on a sloppy track under Harry Hernandez at 9-1 odds in his previous race on February 24th.

Sone let him settle in a distant last as Big Thicket took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :24.21 and a half-mile in :47.77. Then You Tell Me and O Shea Can You nearly reached even terms with Big Thicket while racing two- and three-wide, respectively. By then Fleet Irish had advanced into fourth on the far outside.

Big Thicket was absolutely game, holding on to a narrow lead as Fleet Irish arrived on the scene on the far outside. Fleet Irish and Big Thicket hit the finish line in near-tandem, with the photo revealing Fleet Irish a nose winner.

Fleet Irish is now six-for-26 with four seconds, three thirds and career earnings of more than $255,000.

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With a perfectly timed, furious rally from last under Irad Ortiz Jr., Edition Farm’s homebred, the New York-bred gray gelding Local Edition, ran down front-running favorite New York-bred There He Goes to win a $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer by a neck to give Ortiz a sweep of Wednesday’s daily double. He completed the one-mile distance in 1:41.07. Local Edition was sent off at odds of 11-1 and There He Goes, with Junior Alvarado up, was the even-money favorite in the field of six.

New York-bred There Goes Jose, the 2-1 second choice on the rail ridden by seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished a distant third, 8 ¼ lengths behind There He Goes.

Rick Schosberg trains Local Edition, a son of Cosmonaut out of Miney’s Awesome by Awesome Again who finished a tiring, distant fifth on a sloppy track at 12-1 odds under Eric Cancel in his previous start on March 10th.

Riding Local Edition for the first time, Ortiz let him dawdle in last as There He Goes set the pace under light pressure from 5-2 Metaphorical and Manny Franco through an opening quarter-mile in :24.00 and a half-mile in :48.20.

Ortiz sent Local Edition up four-wide around the far turn while There He Goes put away Metaphorical, hitting three-quarters in 1:14.11 with an expanding lead as Local Edition advanced into second. There He Goes stretched his cushion to more than five lengths in mid-stretch.

There He Goes was still three lengths ahead at the sixteenth pole, but Local Edition gobbled up the ground separating them and nailed him in the final frantic yards.

Local Edition is now two-for-seven on dirt with one second and nearly $50,000 in earnings.

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In a six-furlong $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer, Fortune Farm’s freshened four-year-old New York-bred filly My Victoria Rose struck the lead in early stretch under Junior Alvarado, opened a five-length lead and won in-hand by 3 ¼ lengths. Sent off as the 9-5 second choice from the nine post in a field of 10, My Victoria Rose won in a final time of 1:13.68.

New York-bred Simona, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Manny Franco, finished second, a half-length ahead of 14-1 New York-bred Viradia and Reylu Gutierrez. Front-running New York-bred Itsjustnotyourday, who went off at odds of 17-1 under Samuel Camacho Jr., finished fourth, 4 ¼ lengths behind Viradia.

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 freshened off a fourth-place finish at 4-1 odds on January 18th in an open $50,000 starter allowance. The drop in class was duly noted by bettors Wednesday.

Alvarado got her away fourth as Itsjustnotyourday took the field to a fast first quarter-mile in :22.98 and a half-mile in :47.49.

Itsjustnotyourday had no answer when My Victoria Rose came charging at her on the outside. My Victoria Rose opened up impressively and won easily without being asked late.

My Victoria Rose is now two-for-six on dirt with one second and one third. She’s also raced twice on turf and has combined earnings of more than $60,000.

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