Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: June 12 to 16

Gucci Factor Wins Incredible Five-Horse Photo in the Poker Sunday

By Bill Heller

Photo: Susie Raisher

Castleton Lyons’ six-year-old New York-bred gelding Gucci Factor took his game to another level Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, extending his win streak to three races by winning an incredible five-horse blanket finish in the one-mile $300,000 Grade 3 Poker Stakes by a nose under Irad Ortiz Jr. Sent off at 5-1 odds as the lone New York-bred in the field of eight, Gucci Factor won in a final time of 1:32.54 on the Widener turf course.

Hembree, sent off at odds of 13-1 under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, inches ahead of Krampus, who was adding blinkers and went off at 18-1 odds with Jose Lezcano up. Dr. Edgar, who went off at 3-1 odds under Dylan Davis, finished just a nose behind in fourth, a nose ahead of Clyde’s Image, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano who may have taken a bad step right before the wire, though he was able to gallop out afterwards.

Highclere bred Gucci Factor, a son of Gio Ponti out of Shoo In by Dynaformer who has been managed incredibly well by Christophe Clement. Clement chose the Poker as Gucci Factor’s first start in an open graded stakes race.

Gucci Factor had won two straight races before finishing third in the Ashley T Cole Stakes for New York-breds on September 22nd. He came back to win an open allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs by neck on December 29th before Clement gave him time off to begin his six-year-old season.

In his return on May 27th at Belmont Park, Gucci Factor won the Kingston Stakes for New York-breds by a length and a quarter under Jose Ortiz.

Rosario, who had ridden Gucci Factor several times previously, let him linger in seventh early Sunday as Dr. Edgar set the pace and Clyde’s Image chased in second through an opening quarter-mile in :23.71 and a half-mile in :46.68. Then Clyde’s Image drew nearly even with Dr. Edgar as several horses fanned out wide for a clear run after three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.94.

In deep stretch, Hembree rallied in between horses while both Krampus and Gucci Factor advanced on the outside.

The result was a wild, five-horse photo finish that showed Gucci Factor had gotten up on the outside to win. Barely.

A relieved Clement gestured to his heart to Rosario when he returned Gucci Factor to the winner’s circle for the third straight race and fifth in six starts. “He is a nice horse that has never stopped improving,” Clement said. “Of the five horses at the end, they all finished about a neck apart. A very tight race and they all ran well.”

Rosario was proud of his horse: “He showed a lot of heart. He’s there for you all the time. He just loves to run.”

Gucci Factor is now six-for-eight on turf with one third. He also has one win, one second and one third from six dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $430,000.

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Javier Castellano saved ground with L. Barrett Bernard’s three-year-old homebred colt Six Percent around the far turn, then angled him outside to run down front-running Coolboy and 10-pound apprentice Herman Harkie on the way to a 1 ¼-length victory in a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight. Sent off the 6-5 favorite in the field of five, Six Percent won in a final time of 1:36.31.

Quiet Out East, sent off at odds of 9-2 with Manny Franco riding, finished second, two lengths ahead of 9-5 Daddy Knows and Jose Lezcano. Coolboy, who went off at 12-1 odds, salvaged fourth, 7 ½ lengths behind Daddy Knows.

Brad Cox now trains Six Percent, a son of Central Banker out of Snuggs and Kisses by Soto who was making just his third career start. Six Percent was in trainer Greg Foley’s barn when he finished seventh in his open-company debut at The Fair Grounds on March 16th at 24-1 odds.

Six Percent made his first start for Cox on May 26th at Belmont Park, and he finished a much-improved second by one length under Castellano in a New York-bred maiden special weight at 6-1 odds.

Castellano settled Six Percent in third Sunday as Coolboy set a fast pace with a gaping lead. Coolboy stretched a 2 ½-length lead after an opening quarter-mile in :22.73 to 4 ½ lengths by running a half-mile in :45.36.

Then Quiet Out East rallied on the outside while Six Percent advanced quickly on the rail. Castellano angled Six Percent to the outside and he ran down Coolboy, then held off Quiet Out East.

With a win and a second from three starts, Six Percent has earned more than $45,000.

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In Sunday’s finale, a 6 ½-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, co-owner/trainer Jim Ferraro, Matthew Levy, Kenneth Greenvald and Diana and Bracco Citarella’s four-year-old gelding Blue Skies Forever split horses in deep stretch under 10-pound apprentice Herman Harkie to edge Lorcan and Dylan Davis by a head in a final time of 1:18.94. Blue Skies Forever, who gave Harkie his second winner of the day Sunday, was sent off at odds of 38-1 and Lorcan went off at 6-1 odds in the field of 12.

First-time starter The Confidante, sent off at 7-1 odds from the rail with Manny Franco in the saddle, finished third, a length and a half behind Lorcan while a half-length ahead of 5-1 Suremoney and seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez.

Howard Nolan bred Blue Skies Forever, a son of Bluegrass Cat out of Permanent Wave by Awesome Again who finished fourth at 28-1 odds in his previous start under Harkie on May 25th.

Blue Skies Forever was far back early as Schwarbertown, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano, took the field to a quarter in :22.55 and a half-mile in :46.80 under pressure from Suremoney.

Then Lorcan moved up quickly, as did Blue Skies Forever behind him. Blue Skies Forever split Schwarbertown and Suremoney as Lorcan advanced past them on the outside. Blue Skies Forever had first jump, and he narrowly held off Lorcan.

Blue Skies Forever is now one-for-18 on dirt with three thirds and earnings of more than $45,000.

Holiday Disguise Beats Her Sister in Dancin Renee Stakes Saturday

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Lady Sheila Stable’s five-year-old mare Holiday Disguise, who finished third at 4-5 odds in the Dancin Renee Stakes a year ago, atoned with a length-and-a-half victory as the 9-5 favorite in a field of five in Saturday’s running of the six-furlong $100,000 stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park, giving the meet’s leading jockey, Jose Lezcano, his second win of the afternoon. In doing so, Holiday Disguise beat her half-sister, Midnight Disguise, who finished third, just a neck behind Jc’s Shooting Star and Manny Franco. Jc’s Shooting Star was sent off at odds of 12-1 and Midnight Disguise, one year younger than her sister, went off at 5-2 odds.

Pauseforthecause, also sent off at 5-2 odds under Rajiv Maragh, finished fourth, a length and a half behind Midnight Disguise.

Dr. Joan Taylor and Dr. William Wilmot bred Holiday Disguise, a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday out of Thin Disguise by Yes It’s True. Taylor and Wilmot also own and bred Midnight Disguise, a daughter of Midnight Lute. Linda Rice trains both sisters.

Holiday Disguise was returning to New York-bred stakes company off a pair of fifth-place finishes in two Grade 3 stakes: the Distaff Handicap and the Vagrancy Handicap.

Lezcano settled Holiday Disguise in third as 5-2 Leah’s Dream and Junior Alvarado set the pace as Pauseforthecause chased in second on her flank through a first quarter-mile in :22.93 and a half-mile in :46.29.

Then Holiday Disguise made her move for the lead. She stormed past both Leah’s Dream and Pauseforthecause, opened a clear lead and held on to it, winning in a final time of 1:10.33.

“Jose rode her beautifully,” Rice said. “That’s the way she wants to run. She wants to sit behind the speed and chase in the middle of the track.”

Lezcano said, “Today, she did whatever I asked her to do. She broke good and settled well. When I asked her to go at the quarter pole, she put her head down and really took off to win the race. It was a very good performance.”

Most of her races are. She’s won eight of 16 starts with one second and two thirds, and has earned more than $610,000.

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Drawing Away Stable’s five-year-old mare Fair Regis zipped to the front at the start and never had an anxious moment under Kendrick Carmouche, taking a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by three lengths Saturday. Sent off at even-money as half of an entry, Fair Regis won in a final time of 1:10.49.

Fair Regis’ entrymate, Timely Tradition and Manny Franco, finished second, a half-length ahead of 5-2 Our Super Nova and Junior Alvarado. The gray Forever Changed, who went off at odds of 6-1 with Jose Lezcano riding, finished just a nose behind Our Super Nova in fourth.

John Carberry bred Fair Regis, a daughter of Bustin Stones out of Lake Song by Prime Timber who is trained by Robert Falcone Jr. Fair Regis had finished second in her two prior starts.

Carmouche gunned her to the lead from the outside post in the field of six, and she eased through splits of :23.20 and :46.50. She remained strong all the way to the wire.

Fair Regis is now eight-for-26 with seven seconds, a pair of thirds and earnings topping $335,000 in her all-dirt career.

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James Riccio’s freshened five-year-old mare Passporttovictory backed up her 6-5 odds with an authoritative three-length victory in a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance, giving jockey Kendrick Carmouche his second victory of the day Saturday. Passporttovictory won in a final time of 1:10.65.

Not About the Nail, who went off at odds of 14-1 with Samuel Camacho Jr. up, edged 8-1 front-running Shesasuperfreak and Luis Reyes by a half-length for second. Citizen Matzo, sent off at 4-1 odds under Luis Saez, checked in fourth, a half-length behind Shesasuperfreak.

Joanne Nielsen bred Passporttovictory, a daughter of Frost Giant out of Stowe White by Not For Love who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Englehart freshened Passporttovictory off a tiring fifth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite under Joe Bravo on a sloppy track April 26th, a race that broke her streak of eight consecutive finishes in the money.

Carmouche settled her in fifth as Shesasuperfreak set the pace under pressure from 9-2 Win the Shake, ridden by Manny Franco, and 8-1 Overtime Olivia, with Dylan Davis up, through a :22.56 opening quarter-mile. Carmouche sent up Passporttovictory up on the outside around the far turn to join the leaders.

Passporttovictory took the lead after a half-mile in :45.68, then opened up on the field, winning handily.

Passporttovictory improved her dirt record to six-for-21 with three seconds and four thirds. She also has one second and one third from six turf tries, for total earnings of more than $240,000.

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Thanks to a perfectly timed rally by Dylan Davis, Sterling Racing’s homebred, the three-year-old New York-bred filly Gattino Marrone, won her second straight race, a six-furlong $39,000 conditional $30,000 claimer on the grass. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of six, Gattino Marrone won by a neck in a final time of 1:08.59.

New York-bred Catania Rose, who went off at odds of 4-1 from the rail under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 6-1 New York-bred Nazay and Luis Saez. Yet another state-bred, front-running Lila Ruth, the 6-5 favorite with Jose Lezcano aboard, finished fourth, one length behind Nazay.

A trainer’s objection by Nazay against Catania Rose for interference in the stretch was quickly dismissed by the stewards.

Rudy Rodriguez trains Gattino Marrone, a daughter of Big Brown out of Simpaticat by Tale of the Cat who won a maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass by 3 ¼ lengths under Davis at 12-1 odds on May 3rd.

On Saturday, Gattino Marrone settled in second on the outside of Lila Ruth, who led by a length and a half after an opening quarter-mile in :21.93. Lila Ruth still led by a length after an ambitious half-mile in :44.89.
Then Gattino Marrone surged, drawing even with the favorite and then passing her. Gattino Marrone gamely held off a strong closing move by Catania Rose to prevail.

Now a perfect two-for-two on turf, Gattino Marrone also has one second from four dirt races, for total earnings of more than $60,000.

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In Saturday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, Irad Ortiz Jr. rallied R A Hill Stable’s homebred gelding My Amanjena to a length-and-three-quarter victory. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of 12, My Amanjena won in a final time of 1:42.30.

Longshot Catorat, who went off at odds of 43-1 under Eric Cancel, finished second, a length and a half clear of 12-1 Awesome Adversary and Rajiv Maragh. Curlin’s Legacy, sent off at 5-1 odds under Junior Alvarado, finished another neck back in fourth.

George Weaver trains My Amanjena, a son of Big Brown out of My Amandari by El Prado (IRE) who finished second in his previous two starts.

My Amanjena was far off the hot early pace set by 9-2 Alphastest and Jose Lezcano: a first quarter-mile in :22.39 and a half-mile in :45.35. Alphastest still led after three-quarters in 1:10.86, as My Amanjena rallied strongly into fourth.

When Alphastest tired, My Amanjena surged to the lead, winning handily.
My Amanjena is now one-for-three on grass with a pair of seconds. He’s also made three dirt starts and has total earnings of more than $40,000.

Mango M Rallies from Last to Win His Second Straight Friday

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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.

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Cashing in on a dream trip under Junior Alvarado, Whisper Hill Farm’s four-year-old gray filly Dynamite Kitten overhauled front-running Flush and Rajiv Maragh to win Friday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance, by three-quarters of a length. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite in a field of 10, Dynamite Kitten won in a final time of 1:42.54 on the “good” Widener turf course.

Flush, who went off at odds of 6-1 from the rail, held second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 9-2 Fetching and Manny Franco. Lady Love, sent off at 6-1 odds with Joel Rosario in the saddle, finished fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind Fetching.

Barry Ostrager bred Dynamite Kitten, a daughter of Animal Kingdom out of Dynamite Cocktail by Dynaformer who sold for $100,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by John Kimmel. Dynamite was a late-weakening third at 4-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez in her prior start on May 18th.

Alvarado got Dynamite Kitten away sharply from the two post as the only opponent inside her, Flush, committed to the lead on the rail. Flush led 9-2 Paved With Gold and Irad Ortiz Jr. by a half-length through a :24.42 opening quarter-mile, but Paved With Gold stuck a neck in front after a half-mile in :48.54.

Alvarado, meanwhile, pushed Dynamite Kitten to protect her position on the rail behind Flush.

When Flush surged again and put away Paved With Gold, Alvarado angled Dynamite Kitten to the outside, and she ran down Flush in deep stretch to win going away.

Dynamite Kitten is now one-for-five on grass with one second and one third. She also has one win and one second from four dirt tries, for total earnings topping $90,000.

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Rallying from last at the top of the stretch, Francis Paolangeli’s homebred gelding Shock Therapy passed all eight of the horses in front of him to win a 6 ½-furlong $60,000 New York-bred $40,000 claimer for three-year-olds by 2 ½ lengths going away, giving jockey Joel Rosario his third winner of the afternoon Friday. Sent off at 9-1 odds from the rail, Shock Therapy won in a final time of 1:17.39.

Jemography, who went off at odds of 26-1 under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished a clear second, almost four lengths ahead of 16-1 Bustin Shout and Mike Luzzi. There was a 6 ¾-length gap back to 4-1 Stink Man and Rajiv Maragh in fourth.

Charlie Baker trains Shock Therapy, a son of Frost Giant out of Thanza Million by Millions who finished third on a sloppy track under Rajiv Maragh in his prior start on May 12th.

Shock Therapy settled in last as Rally Cap, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Manny Franco, set the pace, taking the field to a quarter-mile in :22.88 and a half-mile in :46.12.

Then Jemography, who had rallied from fourth into second, took on the favorite and ran right by him to take over. Jemography opened a clear lead, but Shock Therapy closed in quickly, hit the front and drew off in an impressive performance.

Shock Therapy improved his record to two-for-eight with two thirds and more than $65,000 in earnings.

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.

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