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

Foolish Ghost Wins an Allowance Race Handily at 18-1 Friday

By Bill Heller

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Making his 18-1 odds appear foolish, Pinnacle Farms Racing’s homebred four-year-old gelding Foolish Ghost shot to the lead and never had an anxious moment, taking a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance by a length and a half under Manny Franco Friday at Belmont Park. Foolish Ghost won in a final time of 1:09.47.

Financialstability, the 1-2 favorite in the field of seven ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 10-1 Red Zinger and Junior Alvarado. Ventus, a 36-1 shot on the rail piloted by seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie, finished fourth, a length and a quarter behind Red Zinger.

Tom Morley trains Foolish Ghost, a son of Mineshaft out of Roaring Ghost by Roaring Fever who finished a distant fourth under Franco at 10-1 odds in his previous start on September 14th at 12-1 odds, his first race for Morley after a two-month layoff. The race back obviously helped him Friday.

He took the front immediately from the two post, and led 6-1 Bronx Bomber and five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez by a length and a half through an opening quarter-mile in :22.27 and a half-mile in :45.21.

Foolish Ghost maintained that cushion through the length of the stretch.

Foolish Ghost is now three-for-16 on dirt with two seconds, a pair of thirds and earnings topping $100,000.

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Surging late under Junior Alvarado, Alan Quartucci and Harrell Ventures’ two-year-old filly Stretchthestory edged her stablemate in trainer Christopher Clement’s barn, first-time starter Saratoga Love and Manny Franco, by three-quarters of a length in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Friday. She covered the six-furlong distance in 1:09.65 on the “good” Widener turf course. The entry went off the slight 6-5 favorite in the field of seven.

Mazal Eighteen, the 6-5 second choice ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., led in mid-stretch but had to settle for third, a length and a quarter behind Saratoga Love. First-time starter Holmdel Park, sent off at odds of 25-1 with seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez riding, finished fourth, four lengths behind Mazal Eighteen.

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Beadnell bred Stretchthestory, a daughter of Lookin At Lucky out of My Fancy by Stephen Got Even who sold for $70,000 in March. Stretchthestory had finished third in her first two career starts.

Saratoga Love and Stretchthestory got away third and fourth as 5-1 Surprise Arrival and Jose Lezcano set the pace under heavy pressure from Mazal Eighteen through a quarter-mile in :22.54 and a half-mile in :45.90.

Then Mazal Eighteen took over as both Saratoga Love and Stretchthestory rallied strongly. Saratoga Love took the lead briefly, but her stablemate powered past her in the final 200 yards.

With a victory and a pair of thirds in her first three starts, Stretchthestory has already earned more than $45,000.

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Kimberly Rushia’s five-year-old homebred New York-bred mare Overtime Olivia and Kendrick Carmouche ran down favored New York-bred Appletini and Manny Franco to take a six-furlong $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer by 2 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:11.37, giving Carmouche two victories in Friday’s first three races. Overtime Olivia was sent off at odds of 4-1 and Appletini was the 6-5 favorite in the field of seven.

Another New York-bred, Ma Meatloaf, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Appletini.

Rule Syndicate co-bred Overtime Olivia, a daughter of Rule out of Instant Lady by Freud who is trained by Antonio Arriaga. Overtime Olivia was returning to dirt and dropping off a front-running 10th-place finish at 41-1 odds in an open $30,000 claimer under Dylan Davis.

Carmouche got Overtime Olivia away third as Appletini nursed a half-length to one-length advantage on 13-1 New York-bred Dazzling Speed and seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie through a half-mile in :45.62.

Overtime Olivia gained quickly on the outside to confront Appletini, and then went right on by, winning handily.

Overtime Olivia is now two-for-13 on dirt with two seconds, three thirds and earnings of more than $95,000.

 

T Loves a Fight Scores Again in Open Company Thursday

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Vividly demonstrating the upside of being a New York-bred, Noda Brothers, LLC’s five-year-old gelding T Loves a Fight, trained by Orlando Noda, rallied up the rail under Dylan Davis and drew off to a 2 ½-length victory in a seven-furlong $77,000 allowance at Belmont Park Thursday afternoon. Sent off the 2-1 second choice from the rail as the only New York-bred in a field of six, T Loves a Fight won in a final time of 1:22.41 to give Davis his second victory of the afternoon in the third race.

Zealous, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Luis Saez, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of 11-1 Family Biz and Manny Franco.

Hoffman Thoroughbreds bred T Loves a Fight, a son of Girolamo out of Worth Fighting For by Broken Vow. Though he finished fifth in open allowance company under seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie in his previous start on September 14th, T Loves a Fight had won 10 of his 32 career starts, matching the total victories of his five opponents combined.

Davis settled him in third as the 8-1 gray Dark N Cloudy, ridden by Luis Reyes, led by nearly a length over 26-1 American Rule and five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez through a half-mile in :46.86.

While Zealous made a strong move on the far outside, Davis took advantage when Dark N Cloudy tired and began to drift out. Davis shot T Loves a Fight up on the inside, and he drew away from Zealous to win impressively.

T Loves a Fight is now 11-for-31 on dirt with four seconds and one third. He also has a third from a lone turf try, for total earnings topping $480,000.

It’s nice to be a New York-bred.

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Beautifully rated on the front end by Kendrick Carmouche, Ivery Sisters Racing’s five-year-old gelding Mo Maverick captured a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by three-quarters of a length. Sent off at 9-1 odds from the seven post in a field of eight, Mo Maverick won in a final time of 1:08.91.

Discretionary Marq, who went off at odds of 5-1 with Junior Alvarado aboard, finished second, a length and a half ahead of 17-1 Fast Getaway and Rajiv Maragh. Banana Thief, also sent off at 5-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished just a head behind Fast Getaway in fourth.

Gentry Stable bred Mo Maverick, a son of Uncle Mo out of Lemon Splendor by Lemon Drop Kid who is trained by David Cannizzo. Mo Maverick was dropping back into New York-bred company off a front-running eighth-place finish under Carmouche in an open allowance/optional $62,500 claimer on September 20th.

Carmouche hustled him to the front Thursday, and he led Discretionary Marq by a length after an opening quarter-mile in :22.60. They remained 1-2 through a half-mile in :45.61 and all the way to the wire.

Mo Maverick is now six-for-18 on turf with two seconds and a pair of thirds. He also has two seconds from three dirt races, for total earnings of more than $330,000.

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It took the long length of the inner turf course stretch, but Michael Rankowitz and Susan Karches’ three-year-old gelding Quiet Out East, the 3-5 favorite in a field of eight under Manny Franco, finally subdued 17-1 front-runner Paynter’s Prize and Junior Alvarado to win a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass by a neck Thursday. Quiet Out East, making his first start in a maiden claimer, won in a final time of 1:45.57.

Causeforcelebration, sent off at odds of 4-1 with Kendrick Carmouche up, finished third, 2 ¾ lengths behind Paynter’s Prize while three-quarters of a length ahead of 27-1 Awesome Adversary and seven-pound apprentice Heman Harkie.

Sheila Corporation bred Quiet Out East, a son of Broken Vow out of Quiet Ending by Langfuhr who is trained by Christophe Clement. Quiet Out East was dropping into a maiden claimer off a solid third-place finish by a length in a maiden special weight at 4-1 odds on September 15th under Franco, who has ridden the gelding in all 10 of his starts.

Quiet Out East got away fourth on the rail as Paynter’s Prize rushed to the lead. Paynter’s Prize took the field through slow splits of :26.99, :50.99 and 1:15.51. Franco had taken Quiet Out East to the far outside for a clear run, and he closed in quickly.

Paynter’s Prize had plenty left, however, and fought on bravely as he and Quiet Out East dueled head-to-head from mid-stretch to the final desperate yards, with Quiet Out East wearing down the pacesetter just before the wire.

Quiet Out East is now one-for-five on grass with one second and a pair of thirds. He also has two seconds and one third from five dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $90,000.

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Displaying great courage under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, Joseph Straus and Hugh Fitzsimons’ front-running three-year-old filly Bull Feathers lost the lead in mid-stretch to Kathy’s Cause but came back to win Thursday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, by a half-length in a final time of 1:10.45. Bull Feathers was sent off at 15-1 odds from the rail and Kathy’s Cause, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, went off at 8-1 odds in the field of nine.

Abby Normal, sent off at odds of 3-1 with Eric Cancel riding, finished third, a neck behind Kathy’s Cause while a half-length ahead of 5-2 firster Pins and Needles and Irad Ortiz Jr.

Harris Training Center bred Bull Feathers, a daughter of With Distinction out of Bull Ride by Holy Bull who is trained by Bob Dunham. Bull Feathers was cutting back from eight furlongs to six off a front-running eighth-place finish with Lasix added in her grass debut at 66-1 odds under Martinez on September 12th.

Thursday’s race was a two-horse battle from start to finish, with Bull Feathers beating Kathy’s Cause to the early lead. She bumped a one-length lead after an opening quarter-mile in :22.40 to three lengths heading into the far turn.

Then Kathy’s Cause quickly closed in after a half-mile in :45.27. Kathy’s Cause passed Bull Feathers in mid-stretch but Bull Feathers responded immediately, reclaiming the lead and maintaining it to the wire.

Now one-for-two on turf, she’s also started five times on dirt and has total earnings of more than $25,000.

 

Startup Nation Overcomes Wide Trip to Win Grass Allowance Sunday

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Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s seven-year-old gelding Startup Nation didn’t let a wide trip from the extreme outside post in a field of 10 prevent him from delivering as the 2-1 favorite under Irad Ortiz Jr., taking a one-mile $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by a length and a quarter Sunday at Belmont Park. Startup Nation won in a final time of 1:35.24.

Ghost Giant, sent off at odds of 3-1 with Joel Rosario aboard, edged 27-1 Outrageous Bet and Luis Reyes by a neck for second. There was a three-length gap back to 6-1 La General and Eric Cancel in fourth.

Spendthrift Farm bred Startup Nation, a son of Temple City out of Pennyrile by Wagon Limit who is trained by Chad Brown. Startup Nation was nosed in his previous start under Joel Rosario as the 8-5 favorite on August 10th at Saratoga. That was his first race since November 5th, 2017, and he obviously benefited from the race back.

Ortiz got him away sixth in the clear on the far outside, as La General took the field to a :23.36 quarter-mile with a length-and-a-half lead. He stretched margin to two lengths through a :47.55 half-mile.

La General was still in front after three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.82, but, Ghost Giant, Outrageous Bet and Startup Nation were all closing in.

The horse rallying the strongest on the far outside was Startup Nation, who took charge in deep stretch to score.

Startup Nation improved his all-grass career record to three-for-15 with three seconds, three thirds and earnings of more than $410,000.

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In Sunday’s opener, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass, Patricia Generazio’s homebred three-year-old filly Marquet Legacy and Manny Franco rallied past Two Cent Tootsie and Jose Lezcano in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:44.82. Marquet Legacy was sent off at odds of 5-2 and Two Cent Trouble went off at 3-1 odds in the field of eight.

The Great Johanna, sent off at 7-2 odds from  the rail with Junior Alvarado up, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Two Cent Tootsie. Amos, who went off at 5-2 odds under Joel Rosario, was fourth, just another neck back.

Christophe Clement trains Marquet Legacy, a daughter of Gio Ponti out of To Marquet by Marquetry who finished a strong second in her previous start on September 11th by a length and three-quarters at 5-1 odds under Franco, who has ridden the filly in all four of her starts.

On Sunday, Franco got Marquet Legacy away in mid-pack as 14-1 Amazing Zero, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, and Two Cent Tootsie duked it out on the front end through a half-mile in :49.78.

Two Cent Tootsie put Amazing Zero away after three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.09, but was immediately confronted by Marquet Legacy. Two Cent Tootsie was game, but Marquet Legacy wore her down late.

With a victory and a second in four starts, Marquet Legacy has earned just under $50,000.

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Paying absolutely no attention to her 18-1 odds, Dark Horse Racing Stable and GW Racing Stables’ gray two-year-old filly All Over the Map shot to the lead under Joel Rosario and never looked back, taking a $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer by six lengths. All Over the Map won in a final time of 1:18.50 to give Rosario his second victory of the afternoon in Sunday’s fifth race.

First-time starter Broadway Angel, sent off at odds of 7-2 in the field of 11 with Jose Lezcano riding, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of Top Hat Invasion, who was adding blinkers and went off at 5-1 odds from the rail under Kendrick Carmouche. Mebs Web, who went off at 9-2 odds under John Velazquez, finished a nose behind Top Hat Invasion in fourth.

Mahoney Eden Manor and Classic Bloodstock bred All Over the Map, a daughter of Liam’s Map out of Hennyville by Henny Hughes who sold for $95,000 in November 2017 and is trained by Raymond Handal. All Over the Map was dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time after finishing a distant ninth and a distant sixth in a pair of maiden special weights.

Rosario, riding All Over the Map for the first time, got her away sharply and she took control immediately. She stretched a two-length lead after a quarter-mile in :22.60 to 2 ½ lengths by running a half-mile in :45.77. Then she poured it on, winning by daylight.

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Pablo Fragoso cleverly rated co-owner/trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul and Knight R.B. Stables’ three-year-old gelding Big Wonder on the front end, and he held off Disciplinarian and Irad Ortiz Jr. by a half-length to win Sunday’s finale, a seven-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, in a final time of 1:22.07. Big Wonder was sent off at 4-1 odds and Disciplinarian went off at odds of 8-1 in the field of 12.

Alphalfa, sent off at 8-1 odds under Jose Lezcano, finished third, a half-length behind Disciplinarian while 2 ½ lengths ahead of 17-1 Sidd Finch and Eric Cancel.

Big Brown Management bred Big Wonder, a son of Big Brown out of Wonderwho’sbest by Three Wonders who finished second by a head under Fragoso at 18-1 odds in his prior start on September 29th.

Fragoso sent Big Wonder to the lead and he set the pace with 4-1 Zechariah, adding blinkers under John Velazquez, chasing in second through an opening quarter-mile in :22.73 and a half-mile in :45.29.

Then Big Wonder spurted away to a three-length lead before Disciplinarian closed in quickly. Big Wonder dug in and held on to the wire.

Big Wonder is now one-for-seven on turf with one second and three thirds. He also has one second from nine dirt races, for total earnings of more than $60,000.

 

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law Dominates the Grade 1 Champagne

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In just his second start, Sackatoga Stable’s unbeaten two-year-old New York-bred colt Tiz the Law stamped himself as a truly special juvenile, romping to a four-length victory in the $500,000 Grade 1 Champagne Stakes despite racing greenly under Manny Franco Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 7-5 second choice in a field of six, Tiz the Law won in a final time of 1:35.41 to give Franco his second victory of the day.

Front-running Green Light Go, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Junior Alvarado, held on for second, a neck in front of 39-1 Big City Bob and Chris DeCarlo. Ironically, Alvarado had ridden Tiz the Law in his debut at Saratoga on August 8th, when he won a New York-bred maiden special weight by 4 ¼ lengths at 7-2 odds. Alvarado decided to stick with Green Light Go, who had been two-for-two after winning the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes, and Franco was the beneficiary.

Twin Creeks Farm bred Tiz the Law, a son of Constitution out of Tizfiz by Tiznow who sold for $110,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by Barclay Tagg, who did an outstanding job having Tiz the Law ready for the Champagne after he missed some three weeks of training with a shin problem. Tiz the Law showed his readiness with consecutive four- and five-furlong bullet works at Belmont on September 19th and 26th.

Tiz the Law broke first from the outside post, but was wrangled back to fifth while being rank. Franco got him to settle down as Green Light Go set the pace under pressure from 5-1 Gozilla and Ricardo Santana Jr. through an opening quarter-mile in :22.57 and a half-mile in :46.15.

“I got him to relax, and he came back to me,” Franco said. “I knew I had a lot of horse.”

Tiz the Law had worked his way up to third by the half-mile, and he went after Green Light Go, who hit three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.82 with a diminishing lead.

Despite failing to switch leads, Tiz the Law blew past the favorite and opened up on the field. Franco actually took him in-hand late and he still won easily, begging the question of how good he will be when he figures things out.

“He lugged in a bit; he’s still a little green,” Franco said. “He’s a nice horse.”

What is this nice horse going to do next? Tagg said a trip to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita is not likely. “I don’t think so,” he said. “We can always go to California another year, but we can only go to the Kentucky Derby one year.”

Sackatoga Stable’s managing partner Jack Knowlton walked Tiz the Law into the winner’s circle, where they were greeted by an overflowing crowd.

It’s been 16 years since Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, but how can the owners not think of future glory with their undefeated two-year-old after this dominating performance?

“You’re taking a chance to jump into a big race like this,” Tagg said. “We didn’t do that to Funny Cide.”

Tiz the Law was up to the challenge. By beginning his career two-for-two, Tiz the Law has already earned more than $310,000.

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Winning Move Stable’s four-year-old New York-bred filly My Roxy Girl and Manny Franco wore down frontrunning Jump for Joy and Irad Ortiz Jr. near the sixteenth pole and went on to a two-length victory in Saturday’s opener, a six-furlong $50,000 starter allowance, in a final time of 1:09.66. My Roxy Girl was the 6-5 favorite and Jump for Joy was sent off at odds of 3-1 from the rail in the field of six.

Daria’s Angel, part of a 7-5 entry ridden by Junior Alvarado, finished third, two lengths behind Jump for Joy while a neck in front of her New York-bred entry-mate Timely Tradition and Ricardo Santana Jr.

Sequel Thoroughbreds bred My Roxy Girl, a daughter of Emcee out of Mosaico by City Zip who is trained by Linda Rice. My Roxy Girl finished second by a half-length under Irad Ortiz Jr. at 5-2 odds in her previous start on September 28th.

Franco settled My Roxy Girl in third as Jump for Joy set the pace under heavy pressure from Timely Tradition through a first quarter-mile in :22.15 and a half-mile in :45.27.

My Roxy Girl was three-wide and gaining on the top pair by then. She maintained her momentum, wore down Jump for Joy and won going away.

My Roxy Girl is now seven-for-33 with 11 seconds, four thirds and earnings of more than $430,000.

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Trainer Robert Falcone Jr. added blinkers and dropped Dare to Dream Stable’s two-year-old colt Hold My Call in class Saturday, and he scored a four-length victory as the 4-5 favorite in a field of eight in a 5 ½-furlong $46,000 New York-bred maiden $50,000 claimer under Luis Saez. Hold My Call won in a final time of 1:04.81.

Blues City, sent off at odds of 4-1 under Jose Lezcano, stumbled at the start but rallied to finish a clear second, 3 ½ lengths ahead of 9-1 firster Small Invasion and Irad Ortiz Jr. Another firster, 11-1 False Alarm and Manny Franco, checked in fourth, 5 ¾ lengths behind Small Invasion.

Dr. Edward Schaentzler bred Hold My Call, a son of Hold Me Back out of Bugle Call by Lemon Drop Kid who was making his third career start after finishing fourth in two starts under Kendrick Carmouche, the last on September 15th.

Franco settled Hold My Call in second on the outside of front-running 3-1 Shandian and Carmouche. Shandian maintained a slim lead on Hold My Call through a first quarter-mile in :22.55 and a half-mile in :46.12.

Then Hold My Call took the front readily. He opened up on the field and won impressively, increasing his earnings to more than $30,000.

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