Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: November 2 to 8

Cerretalto Blows Them Away at 7-1 Friday at Aqueduct

By Bill Heller

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Rocketing past front-running Foolish Ghost and odds-on Leaky Cup around the far turn, Bond Racing Stable’s five-year-old gelding Cerretalto, trained by Jim Bond, drew away to a stunning nine-length victory under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez in a $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer at Aqueduct Friday afternoon. Sent off at 7-1 odds in the field of seven, Cerretalto covered the six-furlong distance in 1:10.63.

Kazmania, who went off at odds of 9-2 with Kendrick Carmouche riding, edged 9-2 Kosciuszko and Eric Cancel by a head for second. Leaky Cup, the even-money favorite ridden by John Velazquez, finished fourth, 2 ¼ lengths behind Kosciuszko.

Song Hill Thoroughbreds bred Cerretalto, a son of Tizway out of Riserva by Dixie Brass who finished an extremely distant sixth in an allowance race at Finger Lakes at 5-2 odds in his previous start on September 18th.

Riding Cerretalto for the first time, Martinez settled him in third as Foolish Ghost, sent off at 5-1 odds under Manny Franco, set the pace as Leaky Cup raced in second. Foolish Ghost led Leaky Cup by a length after an opening quarter-mile in :22.13.

Then Leaky Cup drew closer while Cerretalto joined the pair three-wide. Cerretalto hit the front after half-mile in :45.90 and immediately spurted away. He opened up impressively and continued to increase his lead through the stretch, winning utterly isolated.

Cerretalto is now five-for-13 on dirt with two thirds. He’s also raced once on grass and has combined earnings of more than $215,000.


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In a one-mile $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Friday, Irad Ortiz Jr. rallied Martin Racing Stable’s freshened four-year-old colt Big Gemmy on the inside of the gray Singapore Trader and John Velazquez to his second straight victory by a half-length in a final time of 1:37.38. Big Gemmy was went off at odds of 5-1 and Singapore Trader went off at 15-1 odds in the field of 10.

Shamrock Kid, sent off at 4-1 odds under Luis Saez, finished third, 2 ½ lengths behind Singapore Trader while a head in front of Doups Point, the 5-2 favorite ridden by Joel Rosario.

SF Racing Group bred Big Gemmy, a son of Gemologist out of Impending Storm by Mineshaft who sold for $50,000 in the September 2016 at the Keeneland Yearling Sale and is trained by Linda Rice. Big Gemmy won his prior start by a neck in a New York-bred allowance at Finger Lakes at 3-5 odds on August 31st. Rice freshened him and he returned running.

Big Gemmy broke first but settled in fourth as 6-1 Danebury and Manny Franco set the pace, taking a two-length lead through a :23.50 opening quarter-mile. Then Singapore Trader, who had been fourth early, drew within a neck of Danebury after a half-mile in :46.92.

Singapore Trader then took over as Big Gemmy rallied up the rail. Singapore Trader led by a length and a half past mid-stretch, but Big Gemmy maintained his momentum and passed Singapore Trader on his inside in deep stretch to win.

Big Gemmy is now six-for-16 on dirt with three seconds, three thirds and earnings topping $250,000.


Saratoga Treasure Wins Open Grass Allowance by a Nose Thursday

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Getting up in the final stride under Jose Ortiz, Patricia Generazio’s homebred, the four-year-old New York-bred filly Saratoga Treasure, won a six-furlong $75,000 grass allowance by a nose over China Silk and Andrew Wolfsont in a final time of 1:09.44 Thursday afternoon at Aqueduct. Saratoga Treasure was sent off the 2-1 favorite as the lone New York-bred in the field of nine. China Silk went off at 12-1 odds from the rail.

Front-running O’Malley, sent off at odds of 5-2 under Javier Castellano, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind China Silk.

David Donk trains Saratoga Treasure, a daughter of Treasure Beach (GB) out of Sky Gazer by Sky Mesa who finished third by three-quarters of a length at 7-2 odds under Manny Franco in her previous start on October 12th.

Ortiz gave her a picture-perfect ride Thursday after getting Saratoga Treasure away sixth. O’Malley took the field to an opening quarter-mile in :22.72 and a half-mile in :45.93 as Ortiz took Saratoga Treasure off the rail for a clear run.

While China Silk rallied up the inside of O’Malley, Saratoga Treasure gained on O’Malley’s outside. China Silk took a narrow lead with 200 yards left, but Saratoga Treasure kept gaining on her and got up just in time to prevail.

Saratoga Treasure improved her grass record to four-for-14 with two seconds and three thirds. She’s also raced once on dirt and has combined earnings of more than $230,000.


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Drawing Away Stable and Beast Mode Racing’s freshened six-year-old New York-bred mare Hay Field gave her owners a quick return on their investment Thursday. Making her first start since being claimed for $40,000 on September 2nd, Hay Field tracked front-running Cash Offer, then surged by her late under Irad Ortiz Jr. to win a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred allowance race/optional $40,000 claimer by one length in a final time of 1:10.33. Hay Field was sent off at odds of 5-2 and Cash Offer went off at 8-5 odds from the rail under Jose Ortiz in the field of seven.

Archumybaby, who went off at 14-1 odds with Luis Saez up, finished third, almost six lengths behind Cash Offer. New Girl in Town, sent off at 5-1 odds with Manny Franco riding, finished another half-length back in fourth.

Brereton Jones bred Hay Field, a daughter of Haynesfield out of My Indian by Indian Charlie who is now trained by Robert Falcone Jr. Falcone freshened Hay Field after she finished second as the even-money favorite under Irad Ortiz Jr. on September 2nd.

Using the rail to his advantage, Jose Ortiz sent Cash Offer out quickly and she led Hay Field by a length and a half after a first quarter-mile in :22.21. Hay Field drew in closer after a half-mile in :45.40, then went after the frontrunner.

Cash Offer was tenacious, but Hay Field wore her down past the sixteenth pole and edged away, giving Irad Ortiz Jr. his second victory of the afternoon.

Hay Field is now seven-for-23 on dirt with nine seconds and one third. She has also raced twice on turf and has total earnings of a tad under $400,000.


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Flashing great improvement in his second career start, St. Elias Stable’s two-year-old colt Somethingtotellyou and Luis Saez held off Cold Hard Cash and Jose Lezcano by a short head to win a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight in a final time of 1:36.45. Somethingtotellyou was sent off at odds of 4-1 and Cold Hard Cash went off at 11-1 odds in the field of seven.

Front-running True Grace, sent off at 2-1 odds under Joel Rosario, saved third, a length and a quarter behind Cold Hard Cash while nearly five lengths clear of 16-1 gray Diannesimpazible and Dylan Davis.

Lawrence Goichman bred Somethingtotellyou, a son of Honor Code out of Dean Henry by Empire Maker who sold for $260,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by Todd Pletcher. Somethingtotellyou finished sixth at 7-1 odds in his debut under Saez on September 20th at Belmont Park.

On Thursday, Somethingtotellyou alternated in second and third with First Deputy, the 2-1 co-favorite adding blinkers under Jose Ortiz, as True Grace led by a length and a half to two lengths through a half-mile in :45.45.

Heading into the far turn, First Deputy tired as Somethingtotellyou and Cold Hard Cash closed in two- and three-wide, respectively. True Grace fought on through three-quarters in 1:10.14, but both Somethingtotellyou and Cold Hard Cash passed him in deep stretch, with Somethingtotellyou gamely holding off Cold Hard Cash to the wire.


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Rallying between horses under Junior Alvarado, Bond Racing Stable’s idle five-year-old New York-bred mare Magari, trained by Jim Bond, got up in time to edge Evan’s Nice Now and Keivan Serrano by a head in Thursday’s opener, a six-furlong $28,000 open $10,000 claimer. Sent off at 4-1 odds in the field of six, all New York-breds, Magari won in a final time of 1:12.77.

Evan’s Nice Now, who went off at odds of 10-1, had a three-length lead in mid-stretch but had to settle for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Moondance Joy, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Dylan Davis. Midnitesalright, sent off at 7-2 odds from the rail with Luis Rodriguez Castro aboard, finished fourth, one length behind Moondance Joy.

Song Hill Thoroughbreds bred Magari, a daughter of Tizway out of Shock It by Double Negative who hadn’t raced since July 2nd, when she finished fifth in an open allowance race at Finger Lakes at 4-1 odds.

Alvarado settled her in third early as Midnitesalright led Evan’s Nice Now narrowly through an opening quarter-mile in :23.73. Evan’s Nice Now then took over after a half-mile in :46.39. She opened a three-length cushion before both Magari and Moondance Joy closed in quickly, two- and three-wide, respectively. Magari had the stronger kick and outfinished both Evan’s Nice Now and Moondance Joy to get the victory.

Magari is now four-for-13 with two seconds, one third and earnings of more than $90,000.


Dead Game Eight-Year-Old Dowse’s Beach Wins Another Sunday

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Still as gutsy as ever at the age of eight, Michael Dubb’s great gray gelding Dowse’s Beach shot to the lead under Irad Ortiz Jr., lost the lead in mid-stretch and then came again to beat Fast Getaway and Jose Ortiz by a half-length in a $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance at Aqueduct Saturday. He covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.73 on the “good” turf. Dowse’s Beach was the 8-5 favorite and Fast Getaway was the 7-2 second choice in the field of 10.

Le General, sent off at odds of 9-2 under Luis Saez, finished third, just a nose behind Fast Getaway. Psychic Energy, who went off at 9-1 odds from the rail under Dylan Davis, finished fourth, a length and a half behind Le General.

Patricia Generazio bred Dowse’s Beach, a son of Disco Rico out of Mary Lou’s Magic by Concorde’s Tune who is trained by Jason Servis. Dowse’s Beach had won two straight races under Irad Ortiz Jr. before finishing sixth under Jose Ortiz at 7-5 odds on September 15th. Servis gave Dowse’s Beach plenty of time to recover, and he responded in a big way Sunday.

He had to work hard to take a narrow lead on Le General, but he made the front through a :23.15 opening quarter-mile. Dowse’s Beach maintained the lead through a :46.92 half-mile, then had to deal with Fast Getaway, who had rallied from third.

Fast Getaway drew even with Dowse’s Beach, then stuck a head in front in mid-stretch. Dowse’s Beach responded immediately, fighting his way back to the front and edging away late.

Dowse’s Beach is now 13-for-39 on turf with five seconds and three thirds. He’s also raced once on dirt and has total earnings topping $760,000.


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Aggressively ridden by Jose Lezcano, Barry Schwartz’s homebred three-year-old gray gelding Worth a Shot took control midway through the race and rolled to his second consecutive victory, taking a one-mile $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance by two lengths as the 6-5 favorite in a field of eight. Worth a Shot won in a final time of 1:37.75.

Nutzforboltz, sent off at 5-1 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., nosed 9-1 Jo’s Bold Cat and Kendrick Carmouche for second. There was a 2 ¼-length gap back to 5-1 Albie and Javier Castellano in fourth.

Linda Rice trains Worth a Shot, a son of English Channel out of Mystic Chant by Unbridled’s Song who was stepping up to allowance company off a 5 ¾-length romp under Lezcano at 4-5 odds in a maiden special weight on October 19th.

On Sunday, Worth a Shot got away third as 26-1 Rockin Jo and five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez led by a length and a half after an opening quarter-mile in :23.43. Then Worth a Shot rushed up into second before striking the front after a half-mile in :48.03.

Worth a Shot opened a three-length lead, hitting three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.87, then cruised home for his second straight score.

Worth a Shot, who finished eighth on dirt in his debut, improved his grass record to two-for-three with one second and earnings of more than $95,000.


Ghost Giant Takes Grass Allowance Saturday

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Junior Alvarado rallied Kingsport Farm’s homebred four-year-old gelding Ghost Giant to a three-quarter-length victory in a mile-and-a-sixteenth $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Saturday at Aqueduct. Ghost Giant, sent off at odds of 4-1 in the field of seven, won in a final time of  1:46.13 on the “good” inner turf course.

The JY, who went off at 7-2 odds with Rajiv Maragh up, finished a clear second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of 4-1 Whatawonderflworld and Jose Vargas Jr. The gray Wicked Freud, sent off at 3-1 odds under Jose Lezcano, finished just another neck back in fourth.

Jeremiah Englehart trains Ghost Giant, a son of Frost Giant out of Falbala by Ghostzapper who finished second at 3-1 odds under Joel Rosario in his previous start on October 6th.

Alvarado settled him in mid-pack Saturday as The JY worked his way to the lead after 3-1 Opt and five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll broke first. The JY led Opt narrowly through three quarters of a mile in 1:15.39.

Ghost Giant had rallied into fourth by then, and he closed in quickly on The JY. The JY was game, but Ghost Giant wore him down late and edged away.

Ghost Giant improved his turf record to three-for-10 with three seconds and one third. He also has three seconds from eight starts on synthetic and one start on dirt, for combined earnings topping $170,000.


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Winning like a 2-5 favorite should, Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Joseph and Michael Zinman’s three-year-old gelding Dark Money drew away to a 4 ½-length victory under Jose Lezcano in a $66,000 New York-bred allowance Saturday, covering the six and a half furlongs in 1:15.90.

Front-running Ventus, sent off at odds of 19-1 under Hector Diaz Jr., held well for second, 2 ¼ lengths clear of 6-1 Playwright and Kendrick Carmouche. Bronx Bomber, a 10-1 shot ridden by five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll, finished fourth, a neck behind Playwright.

Cedar Meadow, Inc. bred Dark Money, a son of Central Banker out of Candelabra by Purge who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Dark Money had a two-race win streak ended in his prior start, when he finished second by one length under Manny Franco on Oct0ber 2nd.

Lezcano got him away second, and Dark Money shadowed Ventus through splits of :22.95 and :45.88. Then Lezcano gave Dark Money his cue, and he spurted away quickly, winning easily while being taken in-hand late.

Dark Money now has four victories in nine starts with two seconds and earnings of more than $125,000.


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Powering down the center of the outer turf course under Jose Vargas Jr., Three Diamonds Farm’s two-year-old colt Turbo Drive rolled to a two-length victory in a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Saturday. Sent off at 3-1 odds in the field of 10, Turbo Drive won in a final time of 1:12.43 on a course labeled “good.”

First-time starter Sanctuary City, who went off at odds of 40-1 with Rajiv Maragh in the saddle, edged 6-1 Power Up Paynter and Kendrick Carmouche by a head for second. There was a near-six-length gap back to 5-1 Our Troubadour and Dylan Davis in fourth.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds bred Turbo Drive, a son of Teuflesberg out of Lemme by Lemon Drop Kid who sold for $80,000 in March and is trained by Mike Maker. Turbo Drive had a pair of thirds and a second in his prior three starts on turf.

Vargas, riding Turbo Drive for the first time, settled him in seventh early as Go Rudy Go, who was adding blinkers and went off at 7-2 odds under Junior Alvarado, set the pace under pressure from Power Up Paynter through a first quarter-mile in :22.77 and a half-mile in :46.96. By then, Turbo Drive was rallying strongly on the outside.

Power Up Paynter then took over but was confronted by Turbo Drive, who stormed past, opened up and won going away.

Turbo Drive is now one-for-four on grass with one second and a pair of thirds. He also has one second and one third from three dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $95,000.


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Shortleaf Stable’s two-year-old colt Stanhope and Dylan Davis pushed front-running Portfolio Hedge for three-quarters of a mile, then took over on the way to a 2 ¼-length victory in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass. He covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:47.95 on the “good” inner turf course. Stanhope was the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10 and Portfolio Hedge, who was adding blinkers, was the 8-5 second choice under Jose Lezcano.

Portfolio Hedge did last for second, a half-length ahead of 32-1 Dante’s Fire and Jose Vargas Jr. There was a near-four-length gap back to 8-1 firster Empire Express and Kendrick Carmouche in fourth.

Southern Equine Stables bred Stanhope, a son of Street Sense out of Marketplace by Stormy Atlantic who sold for $150,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by Shug McGaughey. Stanhope had finished second on dirt and second on turf in his first two starts, both under Davis.

Breaking from the adjoining two and three posts, respectively, Portfolio Hedge and Stanhope got away 1-2. Portfolio Hedge led Stanhope narrowly through three-quarters of a mile in 1:17.70.

Then Stanhope surged to the lead, opened a clear advantage and won handily, giving Davis his second winner of the day Saturday.

With a victory and a pair of seconds in his first three starts, Stanhope has earned more than $60,000.


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Darlene Bilinski and Joe Micheli’s two-year-old gray colt Him She Kisses put a little sizzle into Saturday’s finale, taking a $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass under Gary Richards by 2 ¼ lengths at odds of 30-1 in a field of 11. Him She Kisses covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.96.

Another longshot, 22-1 firster Microscope and Hector Diaz Jr., finished second, a nose ahead of Blues City, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano. Victory Built, sent off at odds of 14-1 under Jose Vargas Jr., finished fourth, one length behind Blues City.

John and Melissa Mulholland bred Him She Kisses, a son of Conveyance out of Her She Kisses by Dehere who sold for $30,000 earlier this year and is trained by Gary Contessa. Him She Kisses was making his dirt debut after finishing eighth in his career debut in a maiden special weight on grass October 12th under Joe Bravo at 23-1 odds.

Richards had him forwardly placed, and he worked his way to the lead after an opening quarter-mile in :22.41. He opened a three-length lead after a half-mile in :46.21 and cruised home a handy winner.

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