Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: September 6 to 11

Appletini Scores Wire-to-Wire Wednesday at Belmont

By Bill Heller

Heads of Plans Partners and It’s All About The Girls Stable’s idle three-year-old filly Appletini made her first start in a maiden claimer a winning one, taking a six-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer easily by 3 ½ lengths wire-to-wire under Manny Franco Wednesday at Belmont Park. Sent off at 7-2 odds from the rail in a field of eight, Appletini won in a final time of 1:11.51.

Lookbothways, part of an 8-5 entry under Jose Lezcano, finished second, a half-length ahead of Irish Banker, also sent off at odds of 8-5 under Jose Ortiz. Annette’s Humor, a 20-1 shot ridden by Harry Hernandez, finished fourth, three lengths behind Irish Banker.

Sequel Thoroughbreds bred Appletini, a daughter of Maclean’s Music out of My Royal Girl by Midnight Royalty who sold for $50,000 in 2016 and is trained by Raymond Handal. Appletini was making just her third lifetime start. She made her debut in an open maiden special weight at the Fair Grounds on March 17th for trainer Ronald Moquett, finishing ninth and being placed eighth after a disqualification.

Switched to Handal’s barn in New York, she finished a distant fifth in a New York-bred maiden special weight on June 20 under Franco. Handal gave her a good freshening, dropped her into a maiden claimer and reaped the rewards of that decision.

She broke in front immediately and never had an anxious moment, leading by a length and a half through an opening quarter-mile in :22.38 and a half-mile in :45.86. She then opened up on the field and won easily.

 

Andarta Gives Rosario His Fourth Victory Sunday at Belmont

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Chris Larsen’s three-year-old filly Andarta dueled with Cat Lady Steph on the front end, took the lead and edged away to a length-and-a-quarter victory in a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance, giving Joel Rosario his fourth victory at Belmont Park in Sunday’s sixth race. Three of his winners were New York-breds. Sent off as the 9-5 second choice in a field of seven, Andarta won in a final time of 1:09.02.

Cat Lady Steph, sent off at odds of 7-1 under Luis Reyes, held well to finish second, 4 ½ lengths ahead of 18-1 Queendom and Flavien Prat. Matzo Bella, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano, was another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

3C Thoroughbreds bred Andarta, a daughter of Declaration of War out of Sabel Browne (IRE) by Footstepsinthesand (GB) who is trained by Tom Albertrani. Andarta finished a front-running fourth under Reyes in her previous start at Saratoga on August 15th.

Cat Lady Steph and Andarta broke 1-2, and Cat Lady Steph led by a nose to a head through an opening quarter-mile in :22.92 and a half-mile in :45.04. Cat Lady Steph fought on, but Andarta wore her down late and began to draw away.

Andarta is now two-for-six in her all-turf career with earnings of more than $80,000.

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In Sunday’s opener, a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass, owner/trainer Charlie Baker’s three-year-old gelding Qian BC rallied past odds-on Worth a Shot for a three-quarter-length victory under Joel Rosario in a snappy final time of 1:08.84. Qian BC was the 9-5 second choice and Worth a Shot was the 4-5 favorite in the field of seven ridden by Jose Lezcano.

Coolboy, sent off at 11-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished third, 2 ½ lengths behind Worth a Shot while 4 ¼ lengths clear of 48-1 firster Freudian Fate and seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez in fourth.

Blue Chip Bloodstock bred Qian BC, a son of Desert Party out of Three AM Tour (IRE) by Strategic Prince (GB) who had finished third five times and fifth twice in his first seven starts, the last three under Rosario.

Rosario settled Qian BC in fifth as four horses dueled for the early lead: 7-1 The Joke’s On You, ridden by Junior Alvarado, Worth a Shot, 17-1 Hudson Overpass, with Luis Reyes aboard, and Coolboy. The Joke’s On You led Worth a Shot narrowly through a first quarter-mile in :23.19 and a half-mile in :45.92.

Worth a Shot put away The Joke’s On You, but Coolboy and Qian BC charged into connection two- and four-wide, respectively. Worth a Shot tried to hold on, but Qian BC got to him late to win.

Qian BC has now earned more than $75,000.

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Patricia Generazio’s homebred colt Maxwell Esquire followed a strong second in his debut with a powerful 2 ¾-length victory under Joel Rosario in a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass for two-year-olds as the 6-5 favorite from the outside post in a field of nine. Maxwell Esquire won in a final time of 1:36.15 to give Rosario his third victory in Sunday’s fifth race.

First-time starter Portfolio Hedge, the 2-1 second choice ridden by Javier Castellano, rallied strongly from far back to finish second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 8-1 Turbo Drive and Dylan Davis. Brilliant Brooks, sent off at 9-2 odds from the rail with John Velazquez up, finished fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind Turbo Drive.

Christophe Clement trains Maxwell Esquire, a son of Discreet Cat out of Momma’s Image by Marquetry who rallied to finish second by a length and a half in his debut at 5-1 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr. at Saratoga on August 16th.

Rosario set up Maxwell Esquire in fifth as 66-1 Victory Built and Jose Lezcano worked hard to take a narrow lead through a :23.30 first quarter-mile. Then Brilliant Brooks moved up from fourth to second on the rail, and then took the lead on the inside of Brilliant Brooks after a half-mile in :45.35.

Very Respectable, sent off at odds of 34-1 under seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, made a rush from third to make the front, but it was short-lived as Maxwell Esquire charged up quickly.

Maxwell Esquire took over, opened a four-length cushion and cruised home as much the best.

With a victory and a second in his first two starts, Maxwell Esquire has already earned just under $50,000.

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Owner/trainer Jeremiah Englehart’s seven-year-old New York-bred gelding Gypsum Johnny raced on the far outside for a half-mile and then took over, opening up a four-length lead under Junior Alvarado and easing home a 3 ¼-length winner in a seven-furlong $36,000 open $16,000 claimer Sunday. Sent off the 6-5 favorite from the outside post in a field of five, Gypsum Johnny won in a final time of 1:22.99.

Sir Ballantine, the 8-5 second choice ridden by seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished second, nearly four lengths clear of 4-1 Regalian and Tammy Piermarini.

Barry Ostrager bred Gypsum Johnny, a son of City Zip out of Jb’s Golden Regret by Banker’s Gold who was dropping into an open $16,000 claimer off a fourth-place finish in a New York-bred $25,000 claimer at 10-1 odds under Jose Ortiz on August 4th at Saratoga.

Alvarado kept Gypsum Johnny in the clear on the far outside as 17-1 New York-bred Here Comes Tommy, ridden by Mike Luzzi, and Sir Ballantine battled on the front end through an opening quarter-mile in :23.03 and a half-mile in :45.86.

Gypsum Johnny moved up on the extreme outside around the far turn, struck the lead in early stretch and spurted away to a commanding four-length cushion. He coasted home completely in-hand.

Gypsum Johnny improved his dirt record to 10-for-42 with eight seconds and nine thirds. He has also raced once on turf and has total earnings of more than $530,000.

 

Cash Offer Delivers at 2-5 Odds in Saturday’s Opener

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Reddam Racing’s three-year-old filly Cash Offer, the 2-5 favorite in a field of six under Luis Saez, shook off early pressure from 12-1 Moon Heist and Dylan Davis, opened a four-length lead in mid-stretch and cruised home to win Saturday’s opener at Belmont Park, a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance, by one length. Cash Offer won in a sparkling final time of 1:09.72.

Bustin Scones, sent off at 18-1 odds with seven-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez up, rallied strongly to finish second, a half-length ahead of 4-1 Girl of Toscanova and Junior Alvarado. There was a 10-length gap back to Moon Heist in fourth.

Taylor Brothers Properties and To Kalon, Inc. bred Cash Offer, a daughter of Shackleford out of Monono by Whywhywhy who sold for $55,000 as a two-year-old in April 2018 and is trained by Mark Hennig.

Originally trained by Doug O’Neil, Cash Offer made her career debut in California on July 4th, 2018, finishing a tiring fifth by 16 lengths in an open maiden special weight at Los Alamitos at 9-2 odds. Cash Offer then shipped to New York to begin her three-year-old season in Hennig’s barn.

She had a blowout maiden win by 12 ½ lengths and four seconds in her first five starts against New York-breds.

Saez got her away alertly from the two post, and she took a narrow lead on Moon Heist. Cash Offer led Moon Heist by three-quarters of a length after a first quarter-mile in :22.18. Moon Heist drew within a half-length of Cash Offer after a half-mile in :45.01, but Cash Offer had a lot left.

She quickly spurted away to a four-length advantage and then coasted home a comfortable winner.

With two victories and four seconds in seven starts, Cash Offer has earned more than $135,000.

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Mashnee Stable’s homebred three-year-old filly Cape Cod Diva continued a California-themed, chalky Mark Hennig-trained daily double, winning Saturday’s second race, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, by 1 ¾ lengths at 3-5 odds under California-based Flavien Prat. Cape Cod Diva won in a final time of 1:10.27 on the “good” inner turf course.

Abby Normal, sent off at odds of 13-1 in the field of 10 under Eric Cancel, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of 4-1 Mz Seb Pat and Dylan Davis. Crater Rim, an 11-1 shot piloted by Rajiv Maragh, was just another long nose back in fourth.

Cape Cod Diva, a daughter of Data Link out of Passionate Diva by Street Cry (IRE), was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time off of fifth-, third- and eighth-place finishes to begin her career. Davis was the jockey in all three of her starts.

Prat settled Cape Cod Diva in mid-pack as 99-1 Plimsoll Anny and seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie led by two to three lengths through an opening quarter-mile in :22.03 and a half-mile in :45.83.

When Plimsoll Anny tired from her early fast pace, Mz Seb Pat took the lead as Cape Cod Diva advanced quickly into second. Cape Cod Diva maintained her momentum and stormed past Mz Seb Pat to win going away, increasing her earnings to more than $30,000.

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In Saturday’s finale, a seven-furlong $33,000 New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer, Emerald Upstate Stable’s four-year-old gelding Legion Storm attended the early pace under Manny Franco, rushed up three-wide around the far turn to reach the leaders, took over and then drew away late, winning by 4 ¼ lengths as the 6-5 favorite in the field of seven. Legion Storm won in a final time of 1:23.36.

Freudian Sip, who was adding blinkers and went off at 9-1 odds with Jose Lezcano riding, finished second, one length ahead of 13-1 Yankee Division and seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie. There was a 5 ¼-length gap back to Champagne Chills, the 6-5 favorite who broke a step slow under Luis Saez.

Chester and Mary Broman bred Legion Storm, a son of Roman Ruler out of Rumors of Glory by Storm Cat who is now trained by Rob Atras. Emerald Upstate Stable claimed Legion Storm for $25,000 when he finished a distant third at Saratoga on July 12th. Legion Storm finished second in his first two starts for his new connections.

Franco got Legion Storm away in fourth and he waited as Freudian Sip and Champagne Chills, who rushed up the rail to contend, battled on the front end through a half-mile in :45.88.

Legion Storm ranged up three-wide around the far turn to join the dueling leaders. Legion Storm took over and opened up in mid-stretch to win handily.

Legion Storm is now one-for-12 on dirt with two seconds and five thirds. He also has one third from a pair of grass tries, for combined earnings of more than $85,000.

 

Bertranda Gets the Job Done on Sloppy Opening Day at Belmont

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Kantarmarci Racing’s new claim, the five-year-old mare Bertranda, gave her new connections an immediate return on its investment, winning a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer switched from the grass to the sloppy main track by a half-length under Silvestre Gonzales on opening day Friday at Belmont Park. Sent off at 7-2 odds in the field of six, Bertranda won in a final time of 1:12.65.

The gray Sunshine Gal, the slight 5-2 favorite ridden by Luis Reyes, finished second, a half-length ahead of 5-2 Sadie Lady and Joel Rosario. Forgotten Hero, who went off at odds of 8-1 under Dylan Davis, finished fourth, 15 lengths behind Sadie Lady.

Gus Schoenborn bred Bertranda, a daughter of Boys At Toscanova out of Princess Maura by Cape Canaveral who is now trained by Mertkan Kantarmarci. Kantarmarci Racing claimed Bertranda for $25,000 at Saratoga on August 6th, when she led late before tiring to finish second under Manny Franco.

Gonzales got Bertranda away second, just a neck behind 5-1 gray Stonefactor and Rajiv Maragh through a :22.70 first quarter-mile. Bertranda drew within a head of the frontrunner through a :46.20 half-mile, then struck the front. She opened a one-length lead and held off Sunshine Gal to win.

Bertranda is now five-for-35 on dirt with seven seconds and six thirds. She also has two thirds from eight turf tries, for total earnings of more than $275,000.

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Drawing Away Stable also scored with a new claim, the four-year-old gelding I Love Jaxson, on Friday. He had to work hard under Jose Lezcano to get the early lead, then cruised to his second straight victory, a 7 ½-length romp, in Friday’s opener, a one-mile $66,000 New York-bred allowance. Sent off at 2-1 odds from the two post in a field of six, I Love Jaxson won in a final time of 1:38.12 on the sloppy track.

Southern King, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Joel Rosario, finished second, 5 ½ lengths clear of 5-1 Irish Valor and Dylan Davis. Bebe Banker, who went off at odds of 18-1 under Eric Cancel, finished a distant fourth.

Saratoga Glen Farm bred I Love Jaxson, a son of Flat Out out of Procellous by Smarty Jones who is now trained by Linda Rice. Drawing Away Stable claimed I Love Jaxson for $16,000 when he won at Saratoga on August 1st by 7 ¾ lengths under Chris Landeros at 5-1 odds.

I Love Jaxson broke fifth Friday, but Lezcano hustled him along the rail to take a neck lead over Southern King through a :22.04 opening quarter-mile. I Love Jaxson stretched his lead to three-quarters of a length through a :46.56 half-mile, then spurted away.

He hit three-quarters of a mile in 1:111.86 with a three-length advantage and then poured it on. Despite being taken completely in-hand late by Lezcano, I Love Jaxson won by daylight.

I Love Jaxson is now three-for-13 on dirt with one second. He has also raced once on turf and has combined earnings of more than $110,000.

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Thoroughbred Investment Fund and Peter Donnelly’s two-year-old filly Good Credence shot to the lead on the rail under John Velazquez and never looked back, taking a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight switched from the turf to the sloppy main track by 6 ¾ lengths. Sent off the slight 3-2 favorite in a field of 10, Good Credence won in a final time of 1:12.50.

Never Heard of Her, also sent off at odds of 3-2 from the outside post under Javier Castellano, chased in second the whole way, finishing a length and a half ahead of 6-1 firster Mosienko and Joel Rosario. EZ for You to Say, who went off at 22-1 odds with seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie aboard, finished fourth, another 4 ½ lengths back.

Bill Frothinger bred Good Credence, a daughter of Jimmy Creed out of Undertheinfluence by Indy Wind who sold for $110,000 in May and is trained by Anthony Margotta.

Good Credence was making her third career start. She debuted on dirt on July 12th at Monmouth Park, finished a distant sixth under Harry Hernandez at 20-1 odds in an open maiden special weight. Switched to turf at Saratoga on August 2nd, she finished second by a length with Lasix and blinkers under Velazquez at 3-1 odds in a New York-bred maiden special weight.

On Friday, Good Credence broke quickly from the rail and took a narrow lead on Never Heard of Her. Good Credence led by just a head after a half-mile in :46.81, but when Velazquez asked for more, Good Credence spurted away from the field to win easily.

Good Credence has now earned more than $50,000.

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Showing no aversion to a sloppy track, Flying P Stable, R. A. Hill Stable and Corms Racing Stable’s debuting gray two-year-old filly Ice Princess rallied three-wide around the far turn under Manny Franco and blew away her four opponents to win Friday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight switched from the grass to the sloppy main track, by 12 lengths. Sent off at 8-5 odds from the rail in a field of five, Ice Princess won in a final time of 1:47.10.

Courageous Girl, who went off at 5-2 odds under John Velazquez, finished a clear second, 4 ¼ lengths ahead of 5-2 firster I Am Aine and Joel Rosario. Beyond Brown, sent off at odds of 7-2 under Eric Cancel, finished a distant fourth.

Mina Equivest, LLC bred Ice Princess, a daughter of Palace Malice out of Happy Clapper by Awesome Again who sold for $75,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by Danny Gargan. Ice Princess had seven works for her debut, two at Keeneland and five at Saratoga, including two on grass.

Ice Princess got away fourth as Courageous Girl set the pace with a narrow lead on Beyond Brown through splits of :22.95, :47.20 and 1:13.24.

Then Ice Princess rallied three-wide around that pair on the far turn, struck the front at the top of the stretch and just powered away in an impressive debut.

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In a seven-furlong $50,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer, Repole Stable’s five-year-old mare Archumybaby withstood pressure the entire race and held on under Luis Saez, edging Cotton Candy Cutie and Luis Reyes by a neck in a final time of 1:26.24. Archumybaby was sent off at odds of 7-2 and Cotton Candy Cutie went off at 19-1 odds in the field of eight.

Riot Worthy, sent off at 5-2 odds with Junior Alvarado riding, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Cotton Candy Cutie while nearly two lengths ahead of 42-1 Mazmania and Eric Cancel.

Robert Bruce Walker bred Archumybaby, a daughter of Archarcharch out of Crescenda by Bowman’s Band who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Archumybaby was dropping into a New York-bred claimer off an extremely distant second-place finish in an open starter allowance at Saratoga on August 1st.

Archumybaby settled in second Friday, one length off of 4-1 First Forever and Jose Lezcano through a half-mile in :46.74. Archumybaby then took the lead as Cotton Candy Cutie rallied strongly into second.

Cotton Candy Cutie gained on Archumybaby, but Archumybaby held her safe in the final 200 yards for a game victory.

Archumybaby is now 10-for-30 on dirt with five seconds, six thirds and earnings of more than $340,000.

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