Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: July 5 to 11

Vincento Scores Wire-to-Wire in Open Company on Opening Day Thursday at Saratoga

By Bill Heller

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Jose Ortiz hustled Joseph Hinkhouse’s new claim, the six-year-old New York-bred gelding Vincento, to the early lead and he put away favored Potomac and held off two late closers to capture a mile-and-an-eighth $92,000 allowance race by three-quarters of a length on opening day at Saratoga Thursday. Sent off at 10-1 odds as the only state-bred in the field of seven, Vincento won in a final time of 1:49.56.

Growth Engine, who went off at odds of 4-1 under Javier Castellano, edged 5-2 The Rock Says and Luis Saez by a long nose for second. There was a four-length gap back to Potomac, the 8-5 favorite piloted by Jose Lezcano, in fourth.

Vince Scuderi bred Vincento, a son of Include out of Seeking the Silver by Grindstone who is now trained again by Linda Rice. Hinkhouse claimed Vincento for $40,000 when he won on a sloppy track at Belmont by 2 ½ lengths under Luis Saez at 9-2 odds on June 20th.

Breaking from the adjoining three and four posts, respectively, Vincento and Potomac got away 1-2 with Vincento making the top. He led from a half-length to more than a length through splits of :24.46, :48.99 and 1:12.86.

Vincento shook off Potomac but immediately had two new challengers trying to get to him on the outside: Growth Engine and The Rock Says. Vincento gamely held them off all the way to the wire.

Vincento is now eight-for-32 on dirt with one second and three thirds. He also has one win, one second and one third from eight turf tries, for combined earnings of more than $430,000.

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Albert Fried Jr.’s homebred four-year-old gelding Light the Posse lit up the toteboard Thursday, taking his grass debut in a 5 ½-furlong $80,000 New York-bred allowance by a neck under Junior Alvarado. Sent off at 14-1 odds in a field of nine, Light the Posse won in a final time of 1:02.36.

Veterans Beach, part of a 3-1 entry under Manny Franco, made the lead late but had to settle for second, a length and a half ahead of 18-1 Rockin Jo and Dylan Davis. Three Outlaws, a 21-1 shot on the rail under Luis Saez, finished fourth, another neck back.

Charlie Baker trains Light the Posse, a son of Posse out of The Lamp Is Lit by Miswaki who finished fourth at 10-1 odds on dirt in his previous start on June 22nd at Belmont Park with Alvarado aboard for the first time.

On Thursday, Light the Posse was well off the pace as a pair of 7-2 shots from the two outside posts, Analyzethisandthat with Kendrick Carmouche aboard and Elenzee ridden by Jose Ortiz, battled on the front end through quick fractions: an opening quarter-mile in :21.71 and a half-mile in :44.60.

Then Veterans Beach, who had advanced into third, rallied to take a clear lead late as Light the Posse came charging down the center of the course. Veterans Beach fought on tenaciously, but Light the Posse wore him down in the final 200 yards.

Now one-for-one on grass, Light the Posse is also one-for-eight on dirt with two seconds and one third. He has total earnings of more than $120,000.

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Dutchess Views Farm’s Big Q had a big debut Thursday at Saratoga, rocketing to the lead late under Joel Rosario and then holding off fast-finishing firster Impazible Donna and Luis Saez to win a $78,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies by a half-length. Sent off at 14-1 odds in a field of nine, Big Q won in a final time of 1:06.91.

First-time starter Funfetti, who went off at odds of 5-2 under Jose Ortiz, finished third, nearly three lengths behind 2-1 Impazible Donna while a half-length ahead of front-running Love Me Tomorrow, sent off at 7-2 odds with Dylan Davis up.

Golden Goose Enterprises bred Big Q, a daughter of Big Brown out of Gaby Q by Forestry who is trained by Gary Gullo. Big Q had seven works for her debut. None were particularly quick, which may be why she went off at double-digit odds.

Rosario got her away seventh as Love Me Tomorrow set the pace under pressure from Funfetti through an opening quarter-mile in :22.50 and a half-mile in :46.88.

By then, Big Q was closing strongly three-wide from third. She powered past the dueling front-runners to lead clearly before Impazible Donna arrived absolutely flying late on the outside. Big Q held her off to win.

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Scott Krase and Peter Stokes’ four-year-old gray filly Wegetsdamunnys uncorked a furious rally from ninth in early stretch to win a mile-and-an-eighth $83,000 New York-bred grass allowance by three-quarters of a length, giving jockey Joel Rosario his second winner of the afternoon Thursday. Sent off at 5-2 odds from the eight post in a field of 10, Wegetsdamunnys won in a final time of 1:52.81.

Classic Lady, who went off at odds of 7-2 from the nine post with Manny Franco aboard, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Giant Zinger, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado. Wish Upon, sent off at 15-1 odds under Rajiv Maragh, finished just another nose back in fourth.

Wellspring Stables bred Wegetsdamunnys, a daughter of D’ Funnybone out of Mystic Miracle by Unbridled’s Song who sold for a mere $12,000 in 2016 and is trained by Christophe Clement. Wegetsdamunnys was dropping into allowance company off a rallying fourth-place finish in the $125,000 Mount Vernon Stakes for New York-breds under Eric Cancel on May 27th.

Wegetsdamunnys was well off the lead early as 34-1 Elegant Jem and Luis Saez set the pace under intermittent pressure from Giant Zinger through slow fractions: an opening quarter-mile in :25.21, a half-mile in :51.45 and three-quarters in 1:15.11.

When Elegant Jem tired, a pack of closers joined Giant Zinger and Wish Upon battling for control. The strongest closer was Wegetsdamunnys, who outfinished Classic Lady for the victory.

Wegetsdamunnys is now one-for-seven on grass with two seconds and one third. She is three-for-seven on dirt with one second, for combined earnings topping $190,000. Not bad for a $12,000 purchase.

Aveenu Malcainu Beats Open Company in Grass Debut Sunday

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Perfectly ridden by Jose Ortiz, Gold Square’s four-year-old New York-bred colt Aveenu Malcainu won his turf debut on closing-day Sunday at Belmont Park, taking a seven-furlong $82,000 allowance by a neck. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of seven, Aveenu Malcainu won in a final time of 1:19.87.

Entrymates Much Trouble and New York-bred Shiraz, who went off at odds of 8-5, finished second and third, respectively, one length apart. There was a length-and-a-half gap from Shiraz to 5-2 New York-bred Morning Breez and Jose Lezcano in fourth.

Taylor Brothers Properties, George Saufley and Brian Kahn bred Aveenu Malcainu, a son of Into Mischief out of Island Time by Trippi who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Aveenu Malcainu was trying turf off a third-place finish in a $50,000 New York-bred stakes on dirt at Finger Lakes June 3rd in his second start of the year.

Ortiz got him away second as Shiraz opened a four-length lead by running an opening quarter-mile in :22.30. Then Ortiz rushed up Aveenu Malcainu to draw within a neck of the frontrunner through a :44.63 half-mile.

Aveenu Malcainu kept the pressure on and wore down Shiraz as Much Trouble arrived on the scene on the outside. Aveenu Malcainu gamely held him off to the wire.

Now one-for-one on grass, Aveenu Malcainu is three-for-12 on dirt with one second and three thirds, for combined earnings of more than $320,000.

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Showing no rust off a 10 ½-month layoff, Alan Brodsky’s six-year-old gelding The J Y attended the early pace three-wide on the outside, surged to the lead past the sixteenth pole and won a seven-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 allowance by a half-length under Manny Franco. Sent off at 4-1 odds from the outside post in a field of eight, The J Y won in a final time of 1:21.15 to give Franco his second victory of the afternoon Sunday.

Ghost Giant, who went off at odds of 6-1 under Joel Rosario, dueled front-running Fast Getaway, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Jose Ortiz, into defeat and finished second, a half-length ahead of 17-1 Blame the Thief and Ricardo Santana Jr. We Should Talk, sent off at 13-1 odds from the rail with Irad Ortiz Jr. up, finished just another nose back in fourth.

Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding bred The J Y, a son of Discreet Cat out of Without Delay by Seeking the Gold who is trained by Mark Hennig. The J Y hadn’t raced since August 24th, when he finished eighth in the West Point Stakes at Saratoga. Hennig did a great job getting him ready for his return.

Fast Getaway led Ghost Giant two-wide and The J Y three-wide through a half-mile in :47.08. The three continued to battle through the stretch, with both Ghost Giant and The J Y going past the favorite late. The J Y prevailed gamely.

The J Y is now four-for-14 on turf with one second and one third. He also has one win and one second from seven dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $235,000.

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In an exceptionally game performance under Joel Rosario, Francis Paolangeli’s idle homebred three-year-old new gelding True Gold survived constant pressure from Deputy Flag and Junior Alvarado to win a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by one length in a final time of 1:11.35. True Gold was sent off at odds of 5-2 from the rail in a field of six, and Deputy Flag went off at 4-1 odds.

Quiet Out East, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Manny Franco, rallied between horses and nosed 7-1 firster The Joke’s On You and Jose Lezcano for second. Deputy Flag was just another head back in fourth.

Charlie Baker trains True Gold, a son of Frost Giant out of Gold for the Queen by Gold Token who hadn’t raced since finishing a badly tiring fifth on December 22nd.

True Gold got away sharply from the rail Sunday as Deputy Flag took a narrow lead on his outside. Deputy Flag led by a head to a neck through a half-mile in :45.54.

True Gold then surged on the inside to take a late lead as both Quiet Out East and The Joke’s On You rallied strongly. Neither one could get to True Gold, who edged away late to win.

True Gold is now one-for-six with two seconds and earnings of more than $90,000.

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Rallying powerfully from sixth in mid-stretch, Town and Country Racing’s freshened homebred four-year-old filly Star of the East swept past the five fillies in front of her to win a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the turf by a length and three-quarters Sunday under Manny Franco. Sent off at 7-2 odds in the field of nine, Star of the East won in a final time of 1:33.90.

Sandra’s Mine, a 17-1 shot piloted by Eric Cancel, finished second, a neck in front of Crescent Lady, the 2-1 favorite on the rail adding blinkers under Jose Ortiz. Two Cent Tootsie, sent off at odds of 6-1 under Jose Lezcano, finished just another head back in fourth.

Pollack Farm co-bred Star of the East, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Stars to Shine by Tale of the Cat who sold for $115,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2016 and is trained by Brian Lynch. Star of the East finished fifth on May 16th in her prior start.

Star of the East was far off the early pace as 35-1 Freddymo Factor and Rajiv Maragh dueled on the front end with Two Cent Tootsie through a half-mile in :46.17 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.08.

Two Cent Tootsie finally put away Freddymo Factor in mid-stretch but had no answer for Star of the East, who came storming down the center of the course. Star of the East took the lead and drew away impressively.

Star of the East is now one-for-four with one second and one third in her all-grass career, good for earnings of more than $55,000.

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SLOJAG Racing Stable’s three-year-old New York-bred gray gelding Impazible Odds overhauled front-running New York-bred River Knight, opened a three-length lead under Junior Alvarado and held off New York-bred My Amanjena by a half-length in Sunday’s opener, a $39,000 conditional $30,000 claimer on the grass. He completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.43. Both Impazible Odds and My Amanjena were sent off at odds of 2-1 in the field of seven.

New York-bred Fotis, who went off at 53-1 odds from the rail under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, put some sizzle into the triple by finishing third, 2 ¾ lengths behind My Amanjena while two lengths ahead of 9-1 New York-bred Scrutinize and seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez.

Dutchess Views Farm and SGO Thoroughbred bred Impazible Odds, a son of Mission Impazible out of Justenufappeal by Exchange Rate who is trained by Tom Morley. Impazible Odds was dropping a bit off a seventh-place finish in a $40,000 claimer on June 15th.

Alvarado settled him in mid-pack early as River Knight, sent off at 5-2 odds with seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie aboard, led by a length and a half to two lengths through three-quarters in 1:12.83.

Then Impazible Odds rushed up, took the front and opened up by three lengths. He began to weaken late, but still held off My Amanjena to win.

Impazible Odds is now two-for-seven on grass with one second and one third. He has also raced twice on dirt and has combined earnings of more than $70,000.

Bangle Gal Rallies to Win Her Second Straight Saturday

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Its All About The Girls Stable’s three-year-old filly Bangle Gal rallied from far back to win her second straight at Belmont Saturday, running down favored Cash Offer to take a 6 ½-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance by two lengths under Manny Franco in a final time of 1:18.14. Bangle Gal was sent off at odds of 5-2 and Cash Offer went off at 6-5 odds under Mario Gutierrez in the field of eight.

Mary’s Girl, who went off at 14-1 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Cash Offer. There was a length-and-a-half gap back to 5-1 Cathy Naz and Luis Saez in 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 stepping up to allowance company off a 5 ½-length maiden score when she raced from close to the pace under Franco on June 13th.

On Saturday, Franco settled her in sixth early as 5-1 It’s a Chance set the pace under pressure from Cash Offer through a first quarter-mile in :23.11. Cash Offer then took the front and opened a two-length lead through a :46.55 half-mile.

Bangle Girl had rallied into third by that point and she maintained her momentum, subduing the favorite in the final 200 yards to win her second straight.

With two victories and a pair of thirds in four dirt starts, Bangle Gal has earned a tad under $100,000.

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Breaking quickly from the rail under Tomas Mejia, owner/trainer/breeder Peter Kazamias’ three-year-old filly Moon Heist zipped to the lead, opened a seven-length cushion and held off fast-finishing gray Pendolino by a length and three-quarters to win a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight in a final time of 1:11.59. Moon Heist was sent off at odds of 5-1 from the rail and Pendolino, who was adding blinkers, went off at 8-1 odds in the field of six.

The gray Lookbothways, sent off at 5-2 odds with Dylan Davis in the saddle, finished a distant third, 19 ¼ lengths behind Pendolino. Fight On Lucy, who went off at 2-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie, finished fourth.

Kreah’s Ribbon, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Joel Rosario, literally walked out of the gate and refused to race, ducking out while shuffling sideways to the outside. The stewards held an inquiry but took no action.

Moon Heist, a daughter of Bank Heist out of Selina Moon by Malibu Moon, was making just her second career start after finishing a distant third on a sloppy track at 27-1 odds under Harry Hernandez on June 20th.

She broke like a shot from the rail Saturday, and opened a five-length advantage by running an opening quarter-mile in :22.22. She stretched her lead to seven lengths through a :45.75 half-mile, was still well in front in mid-stretch and weakened late while having enough left to win comfortably.

With a win and a third to begin her career, Moon Heist has earned more than $40,000.

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Peachtree Stable’s idle three-year-old ridgling Southern Brigade stalked front-running Seven Plus Seven, took the lead when asked by Luis Saez and went on to a 2 ½-length victory in a $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass Saturday. He completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:41.11. Southern Brigade was sent off at odds of 7-2 from the nine post.

Awesome Adversary, who went off at 5-1 odds under Tyler Gaffalione, edged 12-1 Mr. Vincent and Jose Lezcano by a neck for second. Golconda, sent off at 6-1 odds with Jose Ortiz aboard, finished just another head back in fourth.

Barry Ostrager bred Southern Brigade, a son of Big Brown out of Faceineveryflower by Giant’s Causeway who sold for $37,000 as a two-year-old in April 2018 and is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Southern Brigade hadn’t raced since November 10th, when he finished 10th in an off-the-turf maiden special weight on the dirt under Javier Castellano. Southern Brigade was returning to turf and dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time.

Saez got him away quickly and he took up a stalking position on the flank of Seven Plus Seven, who was adding blinkers and went off at 6-1 odds under Joel Rosario. Seven Plus Seven took the field to a half-mile in :46.91 before Southern Brigade took over.

He hit three-quarters in 1:11.92 with a length-and-a-half lead and stretched that advantage by finishing strongly.

Southern Brigade is now one-for-four on grass with one second and earnings of more than $35,000.

Broken Border Runs Down Odds-On Lovely La La to Win Friday

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Mr. Amore Stable’s homebred seven-year-old mare Broken Border and Manny Franco followed Lovely La La and Jose Ortiz into contention, then ran right on by her to win a seven-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance by a length and a quarter Friday afternoon at Belmont Park in a snappy final time of 1:20.93. Broken Border was sent off at odds of 5-1 from the rail and Lovely La La was the 1-2 favorite in the field of six.

Saratoga Treasure, who went off at 3-1 odds under John Velazquez, finished third, a length and a quarter behind Lovely La La while nearly two lengths clear of 26-1 Starlite Mission and Ruben Silvera in fourth.

Jason Servis trains Broken Border, a daughter of Broken Vow out of American Border by Boundary who finished behind Lovely La La in second on April 28th in her seven-year-old debut. Then Broken Border finished a close fourth on June 12th. Franco rode her in both races.

On Friday, he settled Broken Border in third as 17-1 Wantagh Queen and Jose Lezcano battled Lovely La La on the front end through an opening quarter-mile in :23.14 and a half-mile in :46.20.

Then Lovely La La took over as Broken Border rallied into second. Lovely La La had a clear lead in mid-stretch, but Broken Border rolled past her near the sixteenth pole to win comfortably.

Broken Border is now five-for-24 on grass with four seconds and three thirds. She has also raced once on dirt, and has combined earnings of more than $270,000.

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Three Diamonds Farm’s five-year-old New York-bred gelding Elenzee zipped immediately to the lead on the rail, set a blazing pace under Jose Ortiz and had enough left to finish the job, taking a six-furlong $39,000 conditional $30,000 claimer on the grass by one length. Sent off as the 2-1 choice in a field of eight, Elenzee won in a blazing final time of 1:07.71.

No Regrets, who went off at odds of 4-1 with Javier Castellano riding, edged 7-1 Yes and Yes and Dylan Davis by a head for second. New York-bred I Love Jaxson, sent off at 10-1 odds under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished fourth, 6 ¼ lengths behind Yes and Yes.

Sequel Thoroughbreds and JMJ Racing bred Elenzee, a son of Into Mischief out of Arden Way by Carson City who is trained by Mike Maker. Elenzee finished a hard-fought third in a dead heat under Irad Ortiz Jr. in his previous start on June 12th.

He couldn’t have broken any better Friday, immediately taking the front and opening a two-length lead by running a fast first quarter-mile in :21.74. He kept the lead by keeping up the brisk pace, hitting the half-mile in a sensational :43.99 with a length-and-a-half cushion.

Then he still kept going to seal the impressive victory.

Elenzee is now two-for-16 on grass with five seconds and one third. He has also made three dirt starts and has combined earnings of more than $130,000.

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Cashing in on a wicked speed duel in a four-horse field, Susan Moulton’s four-year-old gray New York-bred gelding Hokulea and Joel Rosario rallied to a length-and-a-half victory in a 6 ½-furlong $28,000 conditional $14,000 claimer Friday. Sent off at 2-1 odds, Hokulea won in a final time of 1:17.52.

The gray Proximate to Power, who went off at odds of 7-1 under Eric Cancel, rallied to finish second, 3 ¾ lengths clear of 2-1 New York-bred Sams Last Ghasp and Javier Castellano. New York-bred There He Goes, the even-money favorite ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, tired to finish fourth.

Twin Creeks Farm bred Hokulea, a son of Mission Impazible out of Glory Gold by Medaglia d’ Oro who sold for $140,000 in March 2017 and is trained by Gary Contessa. Hokulea finished an even fourth in his previous start on June 27th, his first start since early March. The race back obviously helped.

So did a take-no-prisoners speed duel between Sams Last Ghasp and There He Goes. Sams Last Ghasp led There He Goes by a head through an opening quarter-mile in :22.28. They continued to battle nose-to-nose, opening a 14-length chasm back to Hokulea in third.

Sams Last Ghasp finally put away There He Goes, but had to run a half-mile in :45.31 to do so. By then, Hokulea and Proximate to Power were gaining quickly.

Hokulea had first shot at the tired pacesetter, and stormed past him to take over. He had plenty left to hold off Proximate to Power.

Hokulea is now two-for-16 on dirt with two seconds and three thirds. He also has a win from five turf tries, for total earnings topping $125,000.

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Jose Lezcano hustled William and Anne Lynn’s homebred three-year-old filly Moyne Spun to the lead and she never relinquished it, shaking off Big Expense to win Friday’s finale, a one-mile $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer, by 2 ½ lengths. Sent off the 2-1 favorite from the four post in a field of 12, Moyne Spun won in a final time of 1:34.60.

Mrs. Orb, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 4-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche, rallied to finish second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Big Expense, sent off at odds of 11-1 from the extreme outside post under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez. Molly’s Nighthawk, who went off at 5-1 odds from the rail under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, finished another half-length back in fourth.

J.K. Sweezey trains Moyne Spun, a daughter of Hard Spun out of Abbey Street by Street Boss who had finished second in her previous three starts.

Lezcano rode her hard early to make the lead, and she set the pace under pressure from Big Expense through a half-mile in :46.13. Big Expense drew within a head of Moyne Spun after three-quarters of a mile in 1:09.92, but Moyne Spun found another gear and drew away. She finished strongly, even in her gallop-out.

With a win and three seconds in four grass starts, Moyne Spun has earned more than $35,000.

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