Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: November 8 to 14

Idle Hannah’s Smile Wins Impressively Thursday

By Bill Heller

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Showing no rust from a near-one-year-layoff, Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons Racing’s five-year-old mare Hannah’s Smile took charge in mid-stretch under Manny Franco and went on to 1 ¾-length victory in a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Thursday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 5-1 odds in the field of seven, Hannah’s Smile won in a final time of 1:08.62.

First Appeal, who went off at odds of 3-1 with Javier Castellano riding, nipped 5-2 A Little Faith and John Velazquez by a head for second. High Jingo, sent off at 5-2 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished fourth, a length and three-quarters behind A Little Faith.

Frank and Daphne Wooten bred Hannah’s Smile, a daughter of Perfect Soul (IRE) by Drama Mama by Century City (IRE) who is trained by Michelle Nevin. Credit Nevin for doing an outstanding job with her filly, who hadn’t raced since last November 18th, when she finished third at 3-1 odds under Franco.

On Thursday, Franco settled her in mid-pack as 5-1 Theaterintheround and Joel Rosario set the pace under pressure from High Jingo through a first quarter-mile in :22.62 and a half-mile in :45.63.

Then High Jingo briefly took the front as Hannah’s Smile arrived on the scene full of run. She stormed to the lead and won handily.

Hannah’s Smile is now four-for-11 in her all-grass career with one second, three thirds and more than $150,000 in earnings.

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Jose Lezcano sent That’s Amore Stable, Michael McMahon and Bob Weeks’ two-year-old New York-bred colt Mr. Kringle through on the inside of New York-bred front-runner Justintimeforwine and Mike Luzzi in deep stretch, and he went on to a 1 ¾-length victory in a $62,000 restricted maiden special weight on the grass Thursday. Mr. Kringle, adding Lasix in his turf debut, went off at 18-1 odds in the field of 10 and covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.83.

Cherokee Son, adding blinkers and sent off at odds of 4-1 with Benjamin Hernandez aboard, finished second, one length ahead of 5-1 Justintimeforwine.

Cheryl Prudhomme and Dr. Michael Gallivan bred Mr. Kringle, a son of Shakin It Up out of South Wing by Dixie Brass who sold for a mere $10,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by John Terranova. Mr. Kringle was making just his second career start after finishing eighth in a New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the dirt under Jose Lezcano at 18-1 odds October 3rd. Terranova decided to switch surfaces and add Lasix, and Mr. Kringle ran a huge race.

Lezcano let Mr. Kringle alternate in third and fourth as Justintimeforwine led by two to three lengths through a half-mile in :47.51 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.29.

Mr. Kringle dropped back to fifth in mid-stretch before Lezcano sent him through on the inside. He collared Justintimeforwine and won going away.

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Cashing in on a sweet trip under Irad Ortiz Jr., Repole Stable’s three-year-old New York-bred filly Linda’s Ballet captured her second straight race, taking a $44,000 conditional $35,000 claimer on the grass by 2 ¼ lengths. Sent off at 7-1 odds in the field of seven, Linda’s Ballet won in a final time of 1:09.21.

New York-bred Merlin’s Muse, sent off at odds of 3-1 with John Velazquez riding, nosed New York-bred Purely Lucky, who was adding blinkers and went off at 9-2 odds under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, for second.

Sequel Stallions New York bred Linda’s Ballet, a daughter of Maclean’s Music out of Heartless by Heatseeker (IRE) who is trained by Rudy Rodriguez. Linda’s Ballet won her prior start, a six-furlong $30,000 off-the-turf claimer on a sloppy track, by 10 ¼ lengths under Manny Franco at 5-2 odds on October 3rd.

Ortiz, Linda’s Ballet’s seventh different jockey in her ninth career start, set her up beautifully in third Thursday as Stonefactor, the 6-5 New York-bred favorite ridden by Joel Rosario, dueled on the front end with Purely Lucky. Stonefactor took a narrow lead on Purely Lucky through a :22.26 opening quarter-mile, but Purely Lucky took over and opened up a four-length advantage by running a half-mile in a testing :44.60.

By then, Linda’s Ballet was beginning to close in. She went right past Purely Lucky in mid-stretch and opened up late to win comfortably.

Linda’s Ballet is now two-for-six on turf with a pair of thirds. She is also one-for-three on dirt and has combined earnings of more than $95,000.

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With a breathtaking four-wide sweep around the far turn under Joel Rosario, Paradise Farm Corp. and R. Townsend Sparks’ four-year-old New York-bred filly Viradia took charge and rolled to her third consecutive victory Thursday, taking a one-mile $36,000 open $16,000 claimer by 2 ¾ lengths. Dispatched at 5-2 odds in the field of eight, Viradia won in a final time of 1:42.75.

New York-bred Unbridledadventure, sent off at odds of 6-1 with Hector Diaz Jr. up, finished second, a length and a half clear of Stay Fond, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Manny Franco.

Rockridge Stud and Brendan Mullery bred Viradia, a daughter of Sky Mesa out of Callie’s Joy by Distorted Humor who sold for $60,000 in October 2016 and is trained by Steve Asmussen. Viradia had won her last two starts at Delaware Park, a $12,500 claimer by 12 lengths and an open allowance by 2 ¼ lengths.

Rosario let her settle in sixth as 5-1 New York-bred Cotton Candy Cutie and Luis Rodriguez Castro used the rail to set the pace: an opening quarter-mile in :23.77 and a half-mile in :48.23.

Then Rosario sent Viradia up on the extreme outside around the far turn. By the time she came out of the turn, she was in front. She opened a four-length cushion and cruised home for an easy victory.

Viradia is now five-for-14 on dirt with one second, four thirds and earnings of more than $110,000.

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In Thursday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, Jose Ortiz rallied Everything’s Cricket Racing’s three-year-old colt Alphalfa to a three-quarter-length victory in a final time of 1:10.27. Alphalfa was sent off at odds of 4-1 from the 10 post in the field of 12.

The gray Silver Token, who went off at 3-1 odds under Jose Lezcano, finished second, a head clear of 5-1 Clear the Ramp and Dylan Davis. Millionaire Joe, sent off at 4-1 odds from the extreme outside post under Luis Rodriguez Castro, finished fourth.

Sequel Thoroughbreds and John Kimmel bred Alphalfa, a son of Alpha out of Discreet Lady by Discreet Cat who sold for $80,000 as a two-year-old in March 2018 and is trained by Linda Rice, who also trains Silver Token. Alphalfa finished third by a length under Jose Lezcano in his previous start on October 8th.

Ortiz got him away fifth Thursday as 12-1 After Prom Party and 69-1 Straitouta Congtin dueled for the early lead through a half-mile in :45.54.

Alphalfa rallied to take the lead in deep stretch and get the victory.

With one win, one second and one third in five grass starts, Alphalfa has earned more than $35,000.

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With unwavering determination, Crossed Sabres Farm’s three-year-old New York-bred gelding Yankee Division and seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez edged odds-on Sneads and Irad Ortiz Jr. by a desperate fraction of a nose in Thursday’s exciting opener, a one-mile $33,000 maiden $25,000 claimer, in a final time of 1:42.08. Yankee Division was sent off at odds of 6-1 and Sneads went off at 2-5 odds in the field of seven.

Final Say, sent off at 5-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche, finished third, 4 ½ lengths behind Sneads.

Carolyn Vogel bred Yankee Division, a son of Midnight Lute out of Tropic of Aquarius by Ghostzapper who is trained by Robert Vetter. Yankee Division finished fourth under Martinez in his prior start on October 10th at 9-1 odds.

Breaking from adjacent posts, Yankee Division and Sneads broke 1-2, with Yankee Division taking a slim lead and preserving it through splits of :23.84, :48.73 and 1:14.54.

Sneads pushed a head in front near mid-stretch, but Yankee Division responded immediately and they duked it out head-to-head all the way to the wire in a finish that was way too close to call. The photo showed Yankee Division barely ahead.

With a win and a third from his first four starts, Yankee Division has earned more than $20,000.

 

Classic Lady Gets Up to Give Irad Ortiz Jr. His Fourth of Five Wins Monday

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In a perfectly timed rally under Irad Ortiz Jr., Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables’ four-year-old filly Classic Lady nailed front-running 9-1 Vip Nation and Kendrick Carmouche to take a mile-and-a-sixteenth $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer by a nose, giving Ortiz his fourth of five winners on Veterans’ Day Monday at Aqueduct. Classic Lady was the 8-5 favorite and Vip Nation was sent off at odds of 9-1 in the field of seven.

Out of Trouble, who went off at 8-1 odds from the rail under Javier Castellano, finished a distant third, 10 ¼ lengths behind Vip Nation. Fetching, sent off at 12-1 odds under five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll, finished a distant fourth.

An incident marred the race when Cirque unseated rider Pablo Fragoso near the eighth pole while behind the leaders. Fragoso was able to walk away from the fall.

Seth Gregory and Robert Barney bred Classic Lady, a daughter of Jimmy Creed out of Elle Tish Slew by Eltish who sold for just $22,500 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2016 and is trained by Jorge Abreu. Classic Lady finished third as the 3-2 favorite under Manny Franco in her prior start on October 4th.

Ortiz set her up in mid-pack as Vip Nation nursed a one-length lead through splits of :24.35, :49.19 and 1:12.95.

Vip Nation then spurted to a three-length cushion as Classic Lady advanced quickly into second. Classic Lady quickly closed in as Vip Nation tried to hang on. She couldn’t, and Classic Lady pushed her nose ahead at the wire to win in a final time of 1:42.67.

Classic Lady is now three-for-12 on turf with four seconds and three thirds. She also has three dirt starts, for combined earnings of more than $180,000.

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Eddie F’s Racing’s two-year-old colt Chowda and Eric Cancel dueled first-time starter Noble Endeavor into defeat, then gamely held off slow-starting firster Bourbon Bay to take a 6 ½-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight by a neck. Dispatched at 13-1 odds in the field of nine, Chowda won in a final time of 1:19.58 to give Cancel two consecutive winners Monday.

Bourbon Bay, the 2-1 favorite from the outside post under Jose Lezcano, nearly recovered from his slow start but had to settle for second, a length and a quarter clear of 9-2 Tercero and Joel Rosario. There was a four-length gap back to the gray Jack of Clubs, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 7-2 odds under Junior Alvarado.

Fedwell Farm bred Chowda, a son of Emcee out of Salty Little Sis by Chief Seattle who is trained by Gary Sciacca. Chowda finished a distant third and fifth in his first two start, both under Cancel.

Showing early speed for the first time, Chowda rushed up to engage Noble Endeavor, who went off at odds of 5-1 under Dylan Davis. Noble Endeavor had to work hard to lead Chowda by a head through a :22.88 opening quarter-mile. Chowda then stuck a nose in front after a :46.74 half-mile.

Chowda took over as Bourbon Bay rallied strongly on the outside. Bourbon Bay took his best shot at Chowda, who refused to wilt and held on tenaciously.

Chowda has now earned more than $45,000 in his first three starts.

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Scott Zimmerman’s four-year-old filly Orchid Party pressured front-running Cartwheelin Lulu while three-wide, then passed her in deep stretch to take a six-furlong $46,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer by one length Monday under Eric Cancel. Sent off at 9-1 odds in the field of eight, Orchid Party won in a final time of 1:14.21.

Cartwheelin Lulu, who went off at odds of 4-1 with five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll riding, finished a game second, a neck in front of 7-1 Bertranda and Silvestre Gonzalez. Bertranda was in between Cartwheelin Lulu and Orchid Party the entire race. First Forever, sent off at 12-1 odds with Keivan Serrano aboard, finished fourth, a length and a quarter behind Bertranda while a nose ahead of 3-1 Letmetakethiscall and Jose Lezcano.

ZBS Thoroughbreds bred Orchid Party, a daughter of Desert Party out of Star Orchid by Successful Appeal who was dropping into a claimer off a distant fifth-place finish at 19-1 odds under Lezcano in a New York-bred allowance on October 23rd. In addition to the drop in class, trainer John Toscano added blinkers, and Orchid Party was much closer to the pace than she normally had been.

Cartwheelin Lulu led while Bertranda ran in second two-wide and Orchid Party was third while three-wide through an opening quarter-mile in :22.91 and a half-mile in :47.16. They maintained their three-way battle through the stretch, with Orchid Party edging away between Cartwheelin Lulu and Bertranda late to get the hard-earned victory.

Orchid Party improved her dirt record to five-for-20 with three seconds, five thirds and earnings of more than $225,000.

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Monday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, gave jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. a chance for his fifth winner of the afternoon and he delivered a terrific turf trip on Newtown Anner Stud’s homebred four-year-old filly Pins and Needles to win by one length in a final time of 1:10.73. She was sent off at odds of 7-1 in the field of 13.

Sandra’s Mine, who went off at 7-2 odds under Javier Castellano, finished second, a head in front of 10-1 Abby Normal and Eric Cancel. Front-running Deja Raconte, sent off at 6-1 odds with Jose Lezcano in the saddle, finished just another neck behind in fourth.

Kelsey Danner trains Pins and Needles, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of Coquihalla by Elusive Quality who was making just her second career start. In her debut under Ortiz on October 10th at Belmont Park, Pins and Needles finished fourth, beaten just a length and a quarter, at 5-2 odds. It’s hard to believe she went off at 7-1 odds with Ortiz gunning for his fifth victory of the day, but she did.

Ortiz had her forwardly placed in fourth as Deja Raconte took the field to a first quarter-mile in :22.87 and a half-mile in :47.09.

Then a pack of closers made their moves, and the one moving fastest of all was Pins and Needles, rallying between horses to get the victory.

 

Our Super Nova Explodes in a Big Victory in the Staten Island Stakes

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Leaving no doubt about her superiority, co-owner/trainer Charlie Baker, Michael Foster and Lauren Linn’s four-year-old filly Our Super Nova rallied on the far outside to a dominant 4 ½-length score in the seven-furlong $150,000 Staten Island Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series Sunday at Aqueduct. Sent off at 5-2 odds from the outside post in a field of eight, Our Super Nova won in a final time of 1:25.91.

“She looked comfortable early and Junior really gave her a great trip,” Baker said. “I thought she ran a big race.”

Fair Regis, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., edged 5-1 My Roxy Girl and Manny Franco by a head for second. Espresso Shot, sent off at odds of 10-1 from the rail with Eric Cancel aboard, finished fourth, a length and a quarter behind My Roxy Girl.

Tracy Egan bred Our Super Nova, a daughter of Boys At Tosconova out of White Wedding Day by Crimson Guard who finished second by a head under Alvarado in the $250,000 Empire Distaff Stakes at 20-1 odds in her previous start on October 19th.

Our Super Nova got away sixth, then advanced into fifth as 9-2 Carrera Cat and Rajiv Maragh led Fair Regis by a length through a half-mile in :48.10. Then Alvarado gave Our Super Nova her cue and she roared up on the far outside to challenge for the lead.

Our Super Nova sustained her momentum, opened a daylight lead and had plenty left while winning easily.

“She was traveling comfortably and when I asked her, she gave me a big kick at the end,” Alvarado said.

Our Super Nova is now six-for-19 with four seconds, two thirds and earnings of more than $300,000.

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In a thrilling finish Sunday, Sarah O’Brien’s four-year-old gelding Valmont won his second straight race under Manny Franco, beating Three Outlaws and Irad Ortiz Jr. by a head in a six-furlong $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance in a final time of 1:08.74. Valmont was sent off at 8-1 odds and Three Outlaws was the 2-1 favorite in the field of 11.

Front-running Brockmoninoff, who went off at odds of 26-1 from the extreme outside post under Eric Cancel, salvaged third, three-quarters of a length behind Three Outalws. Coolboy, a 32-1 shot piloted by seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, checked in fourth, 3 ¼ lengths behind Brockmoninoff.

Blue Flight, LLC bred Valmont, a son of Midshipman out of Sassy Silver Lady by Badge of Silver who is trained by Raymond Handal. Valmont captured an open conditional $30,000 claimer on the grass by three lengths under Franco at 17-1 odds September 27th. Handal gave him plenty of time to recover, and Valmont made it two straight scores.

Valmont rated in third early as Brockmoninoff held a clear lead through a half-mile in :46.63. Valmont and Three Outlaws both rallied strongly, with Valmont getting up narrowly.

Valmont is now three-for-six on grass with earnings of more than $85,000.

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It took the length of the stretch Sunday, but Lianna Stables’ freshened Myawaya and John Velazquez got past front-running first-time starter New York Supreme and Javier Castellano to win a 6 ½-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies by a nose in a final time of 1:21.24. Myawaya was the 8-5 favorite and New York Supreme was sent off at odds of 4-1 from the outside post in the field of 12.

Princess Corey, who also went off at 4-1 odds under Irad Ortiz Jr., finished third, 2 ½ lengths behind New York Supreme while 3 ½ lengths clear of 28-1 firster Bankers Daughter and Dylan Davis.

Anlyn Farms bred Myawaya, a daughter of Wicked Strong out of Gracilia by Mr. Greeley who sold for $45,000 in 2018 and is trained by Todd Pletcher. Myawaya finished seventh in her debut and then second in two starts at Saratoga. Pletcher freshened his filly and she stepped up her game.

Myawaya broke third, then worked her way into second as New York Supreme took the field through an opening quarter-mile in :22.65 and a half-mile in :46.72.

Brockmoninoff increased her lead to three lengths, but Myawaya closed in quickly late. Myawaya kept coming and got up in the final strides to win.

With a victory and a second in three starts, Myawaya has earned more than $50,000.

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Rallying down the center of the track under Irad Ortiz Jr., American Pastime Stables and Kantarmaci Racing’s four-year-old gelding Playthatfunnymusic surged past his front-running entrymate Mo Diddley and Luis Rodriguez Castro to win his second consecutive start Sunday, taking a 6 ½-furlong $46,000 New York-bred $25,000 claimer by one length in a final time of 1:19.02. The entry went off the even-money favorite in the field of 10.

Sudden Surprise, sent off at odds of 6-1 with Kendrick Carmouche riding, finished just a nose behind Mo Diddley in third. New gelding Jewel Can Disco, a 26-1 shot under seven-pound apprentice Joey Martinez, finished fourth, one length behind Sudden Surprise.

D-Marleigh Stables bred Playthatfunnymusic, a son of Disco Rico out of Shoot the Bugler by Yes It’s True who won a $25,000 claimer by a length and a half in his prior start on October 4th and is trained by Mertkan Kantarmaci.

Playthatfunnymusic raced in fourth early as Mo Diddley set the pace with Sudden Surprise on his flank in second through a half-mile in :45.89. Sudden Surprise drew in closer as Playthatfunnymusic ranged up on the far outside.

Mo Diddley and Sudden Surprise went head-to-head, but Playthatfunnymusic surged past both of them late to win.

Playthatfunnymusic is now 10-for-37 on dirt with six seconds, five thirds and earnings of more than $215,000.

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Junior Alvarado rallied Berkshire Stud’s homebred, the three-year-old New York-bred filly Pecatonica, on the inside of New York-bred Hit a Provisional and Jose Ortiz to win a $38,000 conditional $30,000 claimer on the grass by a half-length Sunday. She completed the mile-and-a-sixteenth distance in 1:44.40. Pecatonica was sent off at odds of 11-1 and Hit a Provisional went off at 3-1 odds in the field of 12.

Morelikelythannot, who went off at 5-2 odds from the rail under Javier Castellano, finished third, a length and a quarter behind Hit a Provisional.

Tom Bush trains Pecatonica, a daughter of Temple City out of Sheboygan by Quiet American who finished fifth in her prior start under Eric Cancel on October 18th.

Pecatonica broke second but dropped back to eighth as Hit a Provisional got away slowly in last. After three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.24, Pecatonica rallied on the inside while Hit a Provisional closed in on the far outside. In a driving finish, Pecatonica proved best.

Pecatonica is now two-for-five on grass. She finished third in a lone dirt start and has combined earnings of more than $50,000.

 

Freudian Sip Pours It On in an Open Claimer Saturday

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Bloodlines Racing Partnerships’ three-year-old New York-bred gelding Freudian Sip and Irad Ortiz Jr. blew past front-running New York-bred Tizanoxbow, ridden by Samuel Camacho Jr., and went on to a six-length victory in a 6 ½-furlong $28,000 conditional $16,000 claimer in a final time of 1:19.91 Saturday at Aqueduct. Freudian Sip, who won his second straight race, was sent off at odds of 5-2 and Tizanoxbow went off at 7-1 odds in the field of nine.

New York-bred Elios Milos, part of the 8-5 favored entry under Hector Diaz Jr., rallied to finish second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Tizanoxbow.

Dr. James McGlinn bred Freudian Sip, a son of Freud out of Grape Cottage by Street Cry (IRE) who is trained by Jorge Abreu. Freudian Sip finished second by a neck under Jose Lezcano, but was placed first on a disqualification in a New York-bred maiden $25,000 claimer in his previous start October 14th.

Freudian Sip broke fifth but moved up into third after an opening quarter-mile in :24.15. Freudian Sip drew within a half-length of Tizanoxbow after a half-mile in :47.35, then took off, drawing away to an impressive victory.

Freudian Sip is now two-for-six on dirt with two seconds. He also has two turf tries, for total earrings of more than $45,000.

 

Cerretalto Blows Them Away at 7-1 Friday at Aqueduct

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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.

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In Friday’s finale, a mile-and-a-sixteenth $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer on the grass, SLOJAG Racing Stable’s two-year-old New York-bred filly Bella Rose and Manny Franco made the lead in deep stretch then held off Maliceinthepalace and Kendrick Carmouche by a nose. Sent off at 21-1 odds in the field of 11, Bella Rose won in a final time of 1:45.96.

Maliceinthepalace, who went off at odds of 11-1, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 11-1 Lookin Fine as Wine and Dylan Davis.

Thistle Spring Stables bred Bella Rose, a daughter of Bellamy Road out of Russian Rosie by Traditionally who sold for $25,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by Tom Morley. Bella Rose was making just her second career start after finishing seventh in her debut in a maiden special weight on dirt September 14th.

Franco got Bella Rose away in mid-pack as Lookin Fine as Wine worked her way to the lead after a half-mile in :48.51. After thre-quarters in 1:14.40, Bella Rose made her bid for the front, a destination she reached in deep stretch as Maliceinthepalace came flying at her. Bella Rose gamely held her off to win by a nose.

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