Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: June 8 to 14

Mango M Rallies from Last to Win His Second Straight Friday

By Bill Heller

Rallying from last in a field of six under Joel Rosario, August Dawn Farm’s four-year-old gelding Mango M won his second straight race Friday at Belmont, taking a seven-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by three-quarters of a length. Sent off at 3-1 odds from the rail, Mango M won in a final time of 1:23.09 on the “good” Widener turf course.

Fast Getaway, sent off at odds of 2-1 with Jose Ortiz riding, led late but had to settle for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 14-1 Cloontia and Dylan Davis. Front-running Ready to Escape, who went off at 9-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, lasted for fourth, two lengths behind Cloontia.

Edition Farm bred Mango M, a son of Tale of the Cat out of Awesome Bull by Holy Bull who sold for $250,000 as a two-year-old in March 2017 and is trained by Shug McGaughey. In his previous start under Jose Lezcano, Mango M won a New York-bred allowance by a length and three-quarters as the 3-2 favorite on May 17th in his four-year-old debut.

Rosario let Mango M linger in last early as Ready to Escape quickly opened a length-and-a-half lead and Fast Getaway chased in second through a :23.63 opening quarter-mile. Ready to Escape stretched the lead to five lengths after hitting the half-mile in :47.83.

Then the pack closed in. Fast Getaway had first shot when the front-runner tired, and he hit the front as Mango M rallied strongly on the far outside. Fast Getaway had a two-length lead, but Mango M ate into the margin quickly and then took over in deep stretch to win.

Mango M is now three-for-eight on grass with two seconds and one third. He also has a pair of thirds from four dirt races, for total earnings of more than $165,000.

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Given plenty of time off following a win and a seventh-place finish at The Fair Grounds, Emerald Upstate Stable and Robert Caron’s nine-year-old gelding Mobridge backed up his 4-5 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr. with a powerful 5 ¼-length victory in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $50,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer on the grass Friday. Mobridge scored his 10th career victory in a final time of 1:44.31 on the “good” inner turf course.

Tiz a Chance, sent of at odds of 9-5 from the rail in the field of six under Luis Saez, finished second, nearly two lengths clear of 8-1 Peculiar Sensation and Dylan Davis. Longshot Scrutinize, who went off at 34-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, was just a fraction of a nose behind Peculiar Sensation in fourth.

Oak Bluff Stables and Christophe Clement bred Mobridge, a son of Indygo Shiner out of River Nore by Archers Bay who is trained by Danny Gargan. Mobridge hadn’t raced since March 14th at The Fair Grounds, when he finished seventh in an open $17,5000 claimer.

Ortiz got him away in fourth as Peculiar Sensation nursed a half-length lead on 8-1 The Crocheron Kid and Eric Cancel through a half-mile in :50.49.

The Crocheron Kid put a head in front before Peculiar Sensation surged again to reclaim the lead as Ortiz got Mobridge to the outside for a clear run. Mobridge unleashed an explosive burst of speed, rocketing past the horses in front of him and drawing away to win easily.

Mobridge is now 10-for-31 in his all-grass career with four seconds, four thirds and earnings of more than $385,000.

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Bet down to 3-5 odds in her dirt debut under Luis Saez, Mark Stanley’s three-year-old filly Tempers Way made it look easy on the front end, winning Friday’s opener, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer switched from the turf to the “fast” main track, by 7 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:47.52.

Handle With Care, who was adding blinkers and went off at 4-1 odds from the rail in the field of six under Junior Alvarado, finished second, 7 ¼ lengths ahead of 9-2 gray Joule and Rajiv Maragh. Sarah’s Rainbow, sent off at odds of 40-1 with Samuel Jiminez aboard, reported home an extremely distant fourth.

Lansdowne Thoroughbreds bred Tempers Way, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of Cocoanut Row by Mineshaft who sold for $195,000 in October 2017 and is now trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Tempers Way was switching to dirt off a second-place finish by a head on turf under Saez as the 5-2 favorite in a maiden $40,000 claimer on May 19th. It was Tempers Way’s first start for Englehart after being trained previously by Linda Rice and Eoin Harty.

Breaking sharply from the two post, Tempers Way took a narrow lead on Joule through a first quarter-mile in :24.36. She stretched the lead to a length through a :48.50 half-mile, then to two lengths by running three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.85.

Then Saez let his filly loose and she drew away impressively to win by herself.

Now one-for-one on dirt, Tempers Way has one second and a pair of thirds from six turf tries, for combined earnings of more than $35,000.

Bangle Gal Cruises Home to Win an Off-the-Turf Race Thursday

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Its All About the Girls Stable’s three-year-old filly Bangle Gal tracked the early pace, took the front readily when asked by Manny Franco and coasted to a 5 ½-length victory in a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight switched from the grass to the sloppy main track Thursday at Belmont Park. Sent off the 2-1 second choice from the outside post in a field of seven, Bangle Gal won in a final time of 1:39.52.

Lady Macho, the 8-5 favorite piloted by Rajiv Maragh, rallied to finish second, two lengths ahead of 17-1 Eighty Seven North and Jose Ortiz. Happy Sophia, sent off at odds of 7-1 under Joel Rosario, finished a distant fourth.

Sequel Thoroughbreds and Bloom Racing Stable bred Bangle Gal, a daughter of Emcee out of Tiger Girl by Hold That Tiger who sold for $65,000 as a two-year-old in May 2018 and is trained by Mike Stidham. Bangle Gal was returning to dirt off a sixth-place finish in her grass debut. She finished third on a sloppy track in a division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series the race before.

Franco got her away third Thursday as 9-1 Lough Na Mona and Jose Lezcano set the pace with Happy Sophia chasing in second through a half-mile in :47.27.

Then Happy Sophia gained the front as Bangle Gal rallied into second. Bangle went right on by Happy Sophia, opened a clear lead and maintained it to the wire.

With a win and a pair of thirds in three dirt starts, Bangle Gal has earned more than $60,000.

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Noda Brothers, LLC’s five-year-old New York-bred gelding T Loves a Fight, trained by Orlando Noda, ran down odds-on front-runner Mo Soul, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, and went on to a two-length victory under Junior Alvarado in a six-furlong $32,000 open $12,500 claimer Thursday. Sent off as the longshot in a field of four at 9-1 odds, T Loves a Fight won in a final time of 1:11.27 on the sloppy track.

New York-bred Toohottoevenspeak, who went off at odds of 5-1 under Jose Lezcano, finished second, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of 3-2 Professor Snape and Rajiv Maragh. Mo Soul, sent off at 4-5 odds, was another head back in fourth.

Hoffman Thoroughbreds bred T Loves a Fight, a son of Girolamo out of Worth Fighting For by Broken Vow that the Noda Brothers claimed for $10,000 on May 12th, when he finished fourth as the 6-5 favorite to Toohottoevenspeak on a sloppy track. In his first start for his new connections on June 1st, T Loves a Fight finished fourth at 20-1 odds in an open $40,000 claimer under 10-pound apprentice Heman Harkie.

Alvarado got T Loves a Fight away third as Mo Soul led by a half-length to a length through a half-mile in :46.97. T Loves a Fight rushed up to challenge the front-runner, and blew past him quickly. He opened a 2 ½-length lead and won handily.

T Loves a Fight is now eight-for-25 on dirt with four seconds. He also has one third from two turf tries, for total earnings of more than $240,000.

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Stone Bridge Farm and Very Un Stable’s four-year-old filly Carrera Cat seized control at the start and never let go, powering to her fourth consecutive victory under Rajiv Maragh by 3 ¼ lengths in an $82,000 New York-bred allowance race. Sent off at 9-5 odds from the rail in a field of five, Carrera Cat got the 6 ½ furlongs in a final time of 1:17.82 on the sloppy track.

New York-bred gray Mizzen Max, the 8-5 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 5-2 Regal Retort and Manny Franco. New York-bred Aunt Babe, sent off at 9-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished fourth, a length and a quarter behind Regal Retort.

Will Farish bred Carrera Cat, a daughter of Courageous Cat out of Top Value by Mineshaft who is trained by John Morrison.

Carrera Cat began her win streak in her final start as a three-year-old, taking a maiden special weight by four lengths on November 8th. She made it two straight on New Year’s Day, winning an allowance by 10 ½ lengths. On May 16th, she won another New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by neck. All three victories came in wire-to-wire fashion under Maragh, who has ridden her in her last nine starts.

She broke well from the rail Thursday, and took a half-length lead on Mizzen Mast after an opening quarter-mile in :22.09. She maintained that margin through a half-mile in :45.76 and then spurted away, cruising home for another trip to the winner’s circle.

Carrera Cat is now four-for-six on dirt with one second. She also has two thirds from five turf tries, for combined earnings of more than $200,000.

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Beautifully rated on the front end by Joel Rosario, Circle B Racing’s five-year-old New York-bred mare Dream Passage survived a lengthy duel with Panther Hit and Luis Saez to win her second straight race Thursday, an $82,000 grass allowance. She completed the one-mile distance in 1:34.47 on the “good” Widener turf course. Dream Passage was sent off at odds of 2-1 and Panther Hit went off at 7-1 odds in the field of seven.

New York-bred English Soul, who went off at 5-1 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, rallied late to edge Panther Hit by a head for second. There was a 6 ¼-length gap back to 5-1 New York-bred Goodbye Brockley and Jose Lezcano in fourth.

Wellspring Stables bred Dream Passage, a daughter of Stormy Atlantic out of Raffie’s Dream by Raffie’s Majesty who is trained by Brad Cox. In her prior start under Rosario on April 28th, Dream Passage won a New York-bred grass allowance by two lengths at 9-2 odds.

Dream Passage quickly took the early lead as Panther Hit settled into second. Dream Passage led by a half-length to a length and a half through a half-mile in :46.40. Then Panther Hit revved up the pressure, sticking a head in front of Dream Passage after three-quarters in 1:11.18.

Dream Passage gamely came again on the inside to regain the lead and edge away late.

Dream Passage is now five-for-16 on grass with four seconds and one third. He also has three thirds from four dirt starts, for total earnings topping $270,000.

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Seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez rallied Dee Tee Stables’ five-year-old New York-bred mare Carlisle Belle from fourth in mid-stretch to a neck victory over odds-on Sharpin and Joel Rosario in a $42,000 conditional $40,000 claimer. She completed the six and a half furlongs in 1:18.87 on the sloppy track. Carlisle Belle was sent off at odds of 7-1 and Sharpin went off at 1-2 odds in the field of six.

Sheza Diva, part of a 9-2 entry under Harry Hernandez, finished third, 3 ¼ lengths behind Sharpin.

Steve Byk and Joe Volpe bred Carlisle Belle, a daughter of Macho Uno out of Ausable Chasm by Hook and Ladder who is trained by Gary Sciacca. Carlisle Belle was dropping and cutting back to a sprint off a fourth-place finish in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $50,000 claimer under Hernandez on May 18th.

On Thursday, Carlisle Belle was nowhere near the early pace set by 7-2 Malibu Mischief and Gary Richards: an opening quarter-mile in :22.95 and a half-mile in :46.84.

Then Sharpin made a quick brush from fourth to take over as Carlisle Belle began to rally down the center of the track. Sharpin looked home free at the sixteenth pole, but Carlisle Belle unleashed a serious late kick and nailed the favorite in the final 200 yards.

Carlisle Belle is now two-for-15 on dirt with one second and two thirds. She’s also raced twice on turf and has combined earnings of more than $85,000.

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In Thursday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer switched from the grass to the sloppy main track, co-owner/trainer David Adel and Nawlins Krewe Racing’s four-year-old gray filly Bourbon High didn’t let a wide trip prevent her from breaking her maiden under Samuel Camacho Jr. by two lengths. Sent off at 6-1 odds from the outside post in a field of nine, Bourbon High won in a final time of 1:14.11.

First-time starter Kitty Therapy, sent off at odds of 11-1 with Manny Franco riding, finished second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of It’s a Lovely Day, who was adding blinkers and went off at 2-1 odds from the rail under Irad Ortiz Jr. Scarlet’s Command, sent off at 20-1 odds under Luis Saez, finished fourth, a length and a half behind It’s a Lovely Day.

Bourbon Farms bred Bourbon High, a daughter of Mission Impazible out of Yankee Million by Yankee Victor who finished a distant fifth under Camacho in her previous start at 62-1 odds on May 25th.

Camacho got her away wide and in the clear in fourth as Traci’s Girl, who was adding blinkers and went off at 2-1 odds under Joel Rosario, had to work hard to make the lead under heavy pressure from Magical Romance, also adding blinkers and sent off at 48-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, though a :22.61 first quarter-mile. Traci’s Girl fought her way to a three-quarter-length lead by running a half-mile in :46.85.

When Traci’s Girl tired, a pack of closers converged. Rallying on the far outside, Bourbon High struck the front and edged away late.

Bourbon High is now one-for-nine on dirt with two seconds and a third. She’s also raced four times on turf and has combined earnings of more than $55,000.

Fair Lassie Takes Them Wire-to-Wire Wednesday

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Co-owner/trainer Bruce Grossman added blinkers to co-owner Four Tags Stable’s Fair Lassie and she responded with a wire-to-wire two-length victory under Luis Saez in a 6 ½-furlong $60,000 New York-bred $40,000 claimer for three-year-old fillies Wednesday at Belmont Park. Sent off the 8-5 second choice in a field of five, she won in a final time of 1:17.97.

Mary’s Girl, who went off at odds of 5-1 from the rail with Reylu Gutierrez aboard, rallied to finish second, 5 ½ lengths ahead of First Forever, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano. Caralicious, sent off at 12-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished a distant fourth.

Harry Landry bred Fair Lassie, a daughter of Dublin out of Fair Weather Lady by Western Expression who finished a distant 12th in her turf debut in a New York-bred allowance in her previous start at 73-1 odds under Rajiv Maragh on May 18th.

Riding Fair Lassie for the first time, Saez sent her to the lead and she stretched a one-length lead on First Forever after an opening quarter-mile in :23.25 to two lengths through a :46.25 half-mile.

Fair Lassie maintained a safe lead all the way to the wire.

Fair Lassie is now two-for-four on dirt, with earnings of more than $70,000.

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Backing up her even-money odds on the rail under Jose Ortiz, William Wilmot and Dr. Joan Taylor’s idle three-year-old filly Galadriel’s Light powered to a four-length victory in her turf debut Wednesday in a seven-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer. She won in a final time of 1:22.38.

Mz Seb Pat, sent off at odds of 6-1 with Manny Franco riding, edged 9-2 My First Gal and Dylan Davis by a neck for second. Frosty Linz, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 14-1 odds with Luis Reyes up, finished fourth, one length behind My First Gal.

Linda Rice trains Galadriel’s Light, a daughter of Will Take Charge out of Stormy Caress by Stormy Atlantic who was dropping into a maiden claimer and trying turf for the first time off a six-month layoff. Credit Rice for doing a great job of getting her ready for her return.

Ortiz settled Galadriel’s Light in fourth early as 23-1 Charming Cara and Samuel Camacho Jr. took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :21.91 and a half-mile in :45.25.

Galadriel’s Light had rallied into third by then, and she swept to the lead quickly. She opened a daylight lead and maintained it in an impressive performance.

Now one-for-one on grass, Galadriel’s Light also has one third from four dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $65,000.

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Anthony McCarthy’s idle five-year-old homebred mare Belle of the Spa ran down pacesetter High Jingo past mid-stretch and went on to win a seven-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by one length under Dylan Davis. Sent off at 9-1 odds from the outside post in a field of 10, Belle of the Spa won in a final time of 1:19.91.

Saratoga Treasure, who went off at odds of 7-1 under John Velazquez, finished second, a head in front of 8-1 First Appeal and Javier Castellano. Broken Border, sent off at 3-1 odds from the rail under Manny Franco, finished just another half-length behind in fourth.

Bruce Brown trains Belle of the Spa, a daughter of Pure Prize out of Awakened Beauty by Devil His Due who was returning to grass off a distant fourth-place finish on dirt at Saratoga August 12th. Brown had her ready to go in her first start in 10 months.

Davis got her away forwardly placed Wednesday as the mare just inside her in the nine post, 5-2 High Jingo and Luis Saez, tried taking the field coast-to-coast with a two-to-three-length lead through fast splits: a quarter-mile in :21.78 and a half-mile in :44.00.

Nearing mid-stretch, High Jingo began to tire as a pack of closers moved in. The closer moving the fastest was Belle of the Spa, who took the lead and held on for the victory.

Belle of the Spa improved her stellar turf record to three-for-seven with one second and one third. She has also raced twice on dirt and has total earnings of more than $140,000.

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Dylan Davis swept the late double by rallying Danny Chen’s three-year-old New York-bred colt Bettor Bank On It to a 2 ½-length victory in Wednesday’s finale, a six-furlong $42,000 conditional $40,000 claimer on the grass. Sent off at 5-1 odds in a field of six, Bettor Bank On It won in a final time of 1:08.43.

No Fly Zone, who went off at odds of 2-1 under Manny Franco, finished second by a head over 4-1 New York-bred Elenzee, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., and 7-2 new gelded New York-bred Violent Delights, with Luis Saez up, in a dead heat for third.

Klaravich Stables bred Bettor Bank On It, a son of Central Banker out of Debase the Dollar by Malibu Moon who sold for a mere $7,000 as a two-year-old in April 2018 and is trained by Ed Barker. Barker freshened Bettor Bank On It, who finished a distant fifth on dirt in a $40,000 claimer under Davis at 11-1 odds on April 27th.

Davis got Bettor Bank On It away fourth as 4-1 New York-bred Elenzee took the field to a fast :21.85 first quarter-mile and a half-mile in :44.27 under intense pressure from 5-2 No Regrets and Kendrick Carmouche.

Davis had Bettor Bank On It in third and gaining at that point, and he stormed past the dueling leaders, opened a safe lead and maintained it.

Bettor Bank On It is now one-for-three on turf with one third. He also has one win, one second and one third from eight dirt starts, for combined earnings of just under $70,000.

Everyone Loves James Blows Them Away for Second Straight Win

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JR Stable’s homebred four-year-old gelding Everybodylovesjames turned his first turf start vs. New York-breds into a tour de force Sunday at Belmont Park, annihilating eight rivals by 6 ¼ lengths virtually gate-to-wire under Luis Saez in a one-mile $66,000 New York-bred allowance to score his second straight victory. Sent off the even-money favorite from the rail, Everybodylovesjames won in a sharp clocking of 1:33.08, getting the final half-mile in :45.59 and his final quarter in :22.43.

Mr. Massena, who went off at odds of 4-1 from the outside post under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 12-1 Riendo and Kendrick Carmouche. News Anchor, a new gelding who was also sent off at 12-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished fourth, only a nose behind Riendo.

Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard trains Everybodylovesjames, a son of Freud out of Lemon Meringue Fi by Lemon Drop Kid who made just one start as a two-year-old, finishing fourth by 11 lengths on dirt in his debut at Aqueduct April 11th, 2018, when he was trained by Linda Rice.

Everybodylovesjames was shipped to Sheppard and didn’t return to the races for nearly a year, finishing a front-running third in an open maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park in his grass debut on March 22nd. He took a step forward in his next start, breaking his maiden by a length and a quarter in open company at Gulfstream on April 7th. Sheppard freshened his gelding before he returned to New York.

Though he broke second, he quickly rushed up to take the lead, and Saez did a superb job of rating him with a three-quarter-length lead through slow splits: an opening quarter-mile in :23.91 and a half-mile in :47.49.

Then Saez let him loose and he drew away dramatically, expanding his lead with every stride to win utterly isolated at the finish line.

Now two-for-three on turf with one third, Everybodylovesjames has earned more than $65,000.

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Storming down the center of the inner turf course under Manny Franco, Marc Keller’s freshened three-year-old gelding Opt, adding Lasix in his turf debut, rolled to a 2 ¾-length victory in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight. Sent off at 9-1 odds in a field of seven, Opt won in a final time of 1:42.26.

First-time starter Danfusi, who went off at odds of 4-1 under Joel Rosario, nosed Crazy Life, the even-money favorite ridden by Javier Castellano, for second. Overlord, sent off at 11-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished fourth, two lengths behind Crazy Life.

Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding bred Opt, a son of Will Take Charge out of Grandma’s Girl by Miesque’s Son who is trained by Bobby Ribaudo. Opt was making just his second career start Sunday after finishing a distant fifth on dirt in his debut February 8th under Jose Lezcano. Ribaudo gave him plenty of time to recover for the surface switch and the addition of Lasix.

Franco settled him in fifth as Danfusi led by a half-length to a length through splits of :25.26, :49.53 and 1:12.61.

Both Crazy Life and 5-1 Make Motime, with Luis Saez aboard, rallied up two- and three-ride, respectively, to challenge the front-runner, but Danfusi held on to the lead. That changed abruptly when Opt rallied powerfully to take the front and then draw away.

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Kantarmaci Racing’s new claim, the three-year-old filly Midnitesalright, stalked front-running Dazzling Speed, took the front readily when asked by Edwin Rivera and cruised to a four-length victory in a six-furlong $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer contested by five New York-breds. Sent off at 8-5 odds from the outside post, Midnitesalright won in a final time of 1:12.00.

Third Card Down, who went off at odds of 5-2 with Eric Cancel riding, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of Ok Honey, the 9-5 second choice on the rail piloted by Dylan Davis. There was a length-and-a-half gap back to 5-1 She’s a Lumberjane and Mike Luzzi in fourth.

The New Hill Farm bred Midnitesalright, a daughter of Midnight Lute out of Curio by Bernardini who sold for $75,000 as a two-year-old in March 2018 and is now trained by Mertkan Kantarmarci. Kantarmarci claimed Midnitesalright for $16,000 on April 28th, when she tired from first to finish fourth as the 3-2 favorite under Manny Franco.

Rivera got Midnitesalright out quickly at the start Sunday, but Rivera let 12-1 Dazzling Speed and seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez set the pace on her inside through a :22.21 opening panel. Dazzling Speed then stretched her advantage from a neck to a length and a half before Rivera gave Midnitesalright her cue.

Midnitesalright confronted Dazzling Speed and went right on by, hitting the half-mile in :45.66 with a clear lead. Midnitesalright opened a five-length cushion past mid-stretch and coasted home to an easy score.

Midnitesalright is now two-for-10 with two seconds, one third and more than $80,000 in earnings.

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It took almost the length of the Widener turf course stretch Sunday, but Hibiscus Stable, Neal Allread and Peter Dorsman Racing’s three-year-old colt The Sinner Is You, adding blinkers under Junior Alvarado, subdued front-running longshot Lorri’s Candy and Samuel Camacho Jr. and win a seven-furlong $41,0000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer by a half-length. Sent off the 5-2 second choice in a field of nine, The Sinner Is You won in a final time of 1:21.91.

Prince Halo, sent off at 11-1 odds from the outside post under Rajiv Maragh, rallied to finish second, a neck ahead of 3-1 Magnesite and Irad Ortiz Jr. Lorri’s Candy, who had to be loaded rider-less in the starting gate, finished just a head behind Magnesite at 25-1 odds.

Taylor Brothers Properties, George Saufley and Brian Kahn bred The Sinner Is You, a son of Into Mischief out of Sister Baby by Lord Avie who sold for $80,000 as a two-year-old and is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. The Sinner Is You was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time in his fourth career start.

Alvarado got The Sinner Is You away sixth as Lorri’s Candy took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :22.20 and a half-mile in :45.02. Lorri’s Candy still had a two-length lead in mid-stretch before the pack closed in. The closer moving fastest was The Sinner Is You, who took over in the final 200 yards and held on for the victory.

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Rajiv Maragh rallied Bona Venture Stables’ three-year-old colt He’smyluckyfellow to a neck victory over first-time starter Alphalfa and Jose Ortiz in Sunday’s finale, a seven-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, in a final time of 1:21.17. He’smyluckyfellow, making his turf debut, was sent off at odds of 10-1 and Alphalfa went off at 8-1 odds in the field of nine.

Millionaire Joe, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-2 odds from the outside post with Javier Castellano aboard, finished third a length and a half behind Alphalfa after being steadied late. No More Miracles, also sent off at 5-2 odds from the rail under Eric Cancel, finished just a nose behind Millionaire Joe in fourth.

Stewards posted an inquiry investigating possible interference in the stretch, but despite a head-on shot showing Alphalfa coming over on Millionaire Joe twice and bumping him solidly once, they left the original order of finish unchanged.

Allen Hallett bred He’smyluckyfellow, a son of Itsmyluckyday out of Sakura Ballerina by Pure Prize who sold for $22,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2017 and is trained by Leah Gyarmati. He’smyluckyfellow was switching to grass off a dismal 10th-place finish on dirt in a maiden special weight on a sloppy track May 12th under Luis Reyes.

Maragh settled He’smyluckyfellow in mid-pack as 4-1 Dove Shoot and Jose Lezcano set the pace under pressure from Millionaire Joe through a half-mile in :45.33. Then Millionaire Joe took the front as both Alphalfa and He’smyluckyfellow rallied strongly. Both went past Millionaire Joe, with He’smyluckyfellow out-finishing Alphalfa to win.

Now one-for-one on grass, He’smyluckyfellow also has a second and a third from three dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $35,000.

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Dare to Dream Stable’s three-year-old filly She’s Not Bluffing toyed with six rivals Sunday, winning a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer by 5 ¼ lengths under Luis Saez. Sent off at 2-1 odds, She’s Not Bluffing won in a final time of 1:11.53.

Peggy Sue, who also went off at odds of 2-1 from the rail under Samuel Camacho Jr., finished a clear second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of 45-1 Miss Ross and Dylan Davis. Too Many Tales, sent off at 5-2 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished just another nose back in fourth.

Hidden Lake Farm, David Campbell and Kingsport Farm bred She’s Not Bluffing, a daughter of Verrazano out of Cove by Pine Bluff who sold for $65,000 in 2016 and is trained by Robert Falcone Jr. She’s Not Bluffing was making her first dirt start in a maiden claimer after finishing fourth and seventh on grass in maiden $40,000 claimers. Before that, she had finished sixth and third in her two dirt starts, both in maiden special weights.

Saez got She’s Not Bluffing away in the clear, three-wide in third as 9-1 Freud’s Secret and 5-1 firster Tannuzzo, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, dueled on the front end through a quarter-mile in :22.36. Saez sent She’s Not Bluffing up three-wide on the outside to join them, and she took over quickly, hitting the half-mile in :46.14 and opening up on the field. She won in-hand.

She’s Not Bluffing has now earned more than $25,000.

Sea Foam Wins an Open Allowance Race Saturday

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Waterville Lake Stable’s homebred, the four-year-old New York-bred colt Sea Foam, protected his rail position under Joel Rosario, took the lead and then turned back favored Potomac and Jose Lezcano to win Saturday’s opener at Belmont Park, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $92,000 allowance race, by a half-length in a final time of 1:40.97. Sea Foam was sent off at odds of 2-1 and Potomac was the even-money favorite in a field of just five.

Mo Gotcha, who went off at 3-1 odds from the rail with Junior Alvarado aboard, finished a non-threatening third, 4 ½ lengths behind Potomac.

Christophe Clement trains Sea Foam, a son of Medaglia d’Oro out of Strike It Rich by Unbridled’s Song who was freshened off a fifth-place finish in his four-year-old debut under Manny Franco on April 6th.

Rosario got Sea Foam away second on the inside of 35-1 New York-bred Ventus and seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie, who led by three-quarters of a length through a :23.47 opening quarter-mile. Sea Foam drew within a half-length of Ventus after a half-mile in :46.76.

Then Potomac, who had been third, rushed up three-wide on the outside to advance into second after three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.21. When Ventus faded, Potomac took his best shot at Sea Foam, who responded by opening a length-and-a-half advantage. To his credit, Potomac tried one more rally, but Sea Foam had enough left to hold him safe all the way to the wire.

Sea Foam improved his dirt record to five-for-11 with a pair of seconds. He also has one second from a pair of grass starts, for total earnings of more than $440,000.

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