Bill Heller’s New York-Breds at the Races: November 23 to 29

Hannah’s Smile Wins Her Second Straight in Open Grass Allowance

By Bill Heller

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Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons Racing’s five-year-old New York-bred mare Hannah’s Smile and Jose Lezcano collared front-running New York-bred longshot Forgotten Hero, ridden by five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez, past mid-stretch and went on to a victory by a long neck in a $75,000 grass allowance Friday at Aqueduct. She covered the six-furlong distance in 1:11.47 over the “good” outer turf course. Hannah’s Smile was the 9-5 favorite from the nine post in the field of 10.

A Dixie Twister, sent off at odds of 12-1 under Dylan Davis, finished strongly for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 3-1 Elle’s Town and Jose Ortiz. Two and a half lengths farther back, Restructure, who went off at 7-2 odds from the rail with Manny Franco in the saddle, finished fourth, a half-length ahead of 31-1 Forgotten Hero.

Frank and Daphne Wooten bred Hannah’s Smile, a daughter of Perfect Soul (IRE) out of Drama Mama by Century City (IRE) who is trained by Michelle Nevin. Manny Franco was aboard Hannah’s Smile in her previous start on November 1st off a near-year layoff, a New York-bred grass allowance that she won by a length and three-quarters at 5-1 odds.

Lezcano had her in third as Forgotten Hero led by a length and a half through a :22.60 first quarter-mile. She opened her advantage to four lengths by running a half-mile in :46.04.

Hannah’s Smile had advanced into second by then, and she charged on the outside as Forgotten Hero began to weaken. Hannah’s Smile gained the lead, then held off fast-finishing A Dixie Twister.

Hannah’s Smile improved her all-grass record to five-for-12 with one second, three thirds and earnings of more than $210,000.

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Michael Dubb’s three-year-old gray gelding Thesis and Irad Ortiz Jr. lost the battle but won the war, getting placed first after finishing second by a neck to Bustin Hoffman and five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez in a 6 ½-furlong $66,000 New York-bred allowance. Following an inquiry and a jockey’s objection, Bustin Hoffman was disqualified and placed second for interfering with Thesis in deep stretch. Thesis was the 9-5 favorite and Bustin Hoffman was sent off at odds of 5-1 in the field of 10.

Oh My Papa, who went off at 12-1 odds under Manny Franco, finished third, nearly three lengths behind Thesis while one length ahead of 47-1 front-running Coolboy and Joey Martinez.

A second jockey objection by Martinez against Hernandez for interference earlier in the stretch was not allowed.

Monhill Farm and Steinmetz Equine Holdings bred Thesis, a son of Paddy O’ Prado out of Paper Cut by Notebook who is trained by Jason Servis. Thesis finished second by a length and a quarter under Ortiz in an open $50,000 claimer in his prior start on November 22nd.

On Friday, Thesis was well off the early pace set by Coolboy, who opened a two-length lead ithrough a :46.98 half-mile.

Then Bustin Hoffman, who had advanced from third to second, went after the frontrunner. Farther back, Thesis burst through between horses to arrive on the scene.

Bustin Hoffman drifted in towards Coolboy and then, when Hernandez used his whip left-handed, Bustin Hoffman drifted right into a rallying Thesis, who gamely came again after being bumped. The interference was obvious.

Thesis is now three-for-12 with four seconds, one third and earnings topping $110,000.

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Richard Troncone Sr. and Richard Troncone Jr.’s homebred,  three-year-old filly Am Impazible made her second career start a winning one, taking Friday’s opener, a 6 ½-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight, by two lengths under Eric Cancel. Sent off at 7-2 odds in the field of seven, Am Impazible won in a final time of 1:19.90.

Doll, the even-money favorite ridden by Jose Lezcano, led most of the way but had to settle for second, four lengths clear of Clever Tale, who was adding blinkers and went off at 13-1 odds with Reylu Gutierrez aboard. Sea Story, sent off at odds of 9-1 with Irad Ortiz Jr. riding, finished fourth, a length and a half behind Clever Tale.

Kelly Breen trains Am Impazible, a daughter of Mission Impazible out of True Legend by Gold Legend. Am Impazible rallied from ninth to finish fourth in her debut under Joe Bravo on November 1st.

Cancel settled Am Impazible in sixth early as Doll worked her way to the front through a :23.72 first quarter-mile. Doll stretched a half-length lead to two lengths after a half-mile in :48.34 as Am Impazible rallied into fourth.

Am Impazible closed in quickly on the favorite and went right on by her near the sixteenth pole to win going away.

Am Impazible has already earned more than $35,000 in her first two starts.

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Loda Luck Stables’ freshened two-year-old filly Canarsie Angel and Dylan Davis tracked front-running Gotta Go Mo and Jose Ortiz from second, then rushed by her in mid-stretch to win a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass by 2 ¼ lengths in a final time of 1:12.89 on the “good” outer turf course. Canarsie Angel was sent off at odds of 6-1 in the field of 10.

Mazal Eighteen, sent off at 5-1 odds with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, rallied to finish second, two lengths ahead of Gotta Go Mo, who was shedding blinkers and went off at 8-1 odds. There was a two-length gap back to 9-2 Saratoga Love and Eric Cancel in fourth.

Mike Miceli now trains Canarsie Angel, a daughter of Big Brown out of Three Emeralds by Three Wonders who made her first two starts at Saratoga in trainer Linda Dixon’s barn, finishing fifth on turf August 2nd and sixth on dirt on August 29th. Kendrick Carmouche rode Canarsie Angel, bred by Golden Goose Enterprises and Frank Lodato, in both starts. Miceli gave his new filly plenty of time to recover, and she responded with a big effort Friday.

Davis settled her in second as Gotta Go Mo zipped to the lead. Gotta Go Mo stretched a one-length lead after a :22.58 first quarter-mile to four lengths, hitting the half in :46.50.

Then Gotta Go Mo tired and Canarsie Angel quickly diminished the gap separating them, blowing by her and drawing away impressively.

 

Mrs. Orb Wins Her Third Straight in Open Company Wednesday

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Co-owner/trainer Mike Miceli, Ruggeri Stable, Richard Coburn and Script R Farm’s four-year-old New York-bred filly Mrs. Orb, ridden by Dylan Davis, ran down odds-on Foolish Living and Jose Ortiz to win her third straight race, a one-mile $75,000 allowance, by a half-length in a final time of 1:38.75 Wednesday at Aqueduct. Mrs. Orb was sent off at 2-1 odds and Foolish Living went off at 2-5 odds in the field of four.

Flashndynamite, sent off at 7-1 odds under Silvestre Gonzalez, finished a distant third.

Rhapsody Farm bred Mrs. Orb, a daughter of Orb out of Gypsy Angel by Silver Train who sold for just $30,000 as a two-year-old in 2017. Mrs. Orb began her winning streak on October 14th, taking a New York-bred allowance race by 2 ½ lengths under Davis for the first time at odds of 7-1. She won her second straight under Davis in another state-bred allowance by 2 ¼ lengths on November 1st at 11-1 odds.

On Wednesday, Davis let her linger in last in the compact field as 10-1 Distorted News and five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll led Flashndynamite narrowly through a half-mile in :47.88.

Then Foolish Living swept up three-wide to challenge for the lead. Mrs. Orb began her rally right behind her.

Foolish Living struck the front in mid-stretch, but Mrs. Orb was closing in on the outside. Foolish Living tried to hold on, but Mrs. Orb wore her down late.

Mrs. Orb is now three-for-11 on dirt with two seconds and three thirds. She also has a win and a second from four turf tries, for total earnings topping $200,000.

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Rallying boldly on the outside under Manny Franco, Pines Stables, John Irwin, Paul Zysset and Debra Ann Acri’s three-year-old filly Maiden Beauty won a one-mile $70,000 New York-bred allowance by a length and a half. Sent off at 17-1 odds from the rail in the field of six, Maiden Beauty won in a final time of 1:38.58.

She Takes Charge, the 1-5 favorite ridden by Joel Rosario, closed from far back to finish second, three-quarters of a length ahead of 7-2 front-running Cartwheel and Jose Lezcano. Cathy Naz, sent off at odds of 14-1 under Julio Correa, finished fourth, another three-quarters of a length back.

Sandy Glenn Stables bred Maiden Beauty, a daughter of Revolutionary out of Alpha Charlie by Eddington who is trained by Gary Contessa. Maiden Beauty finished a distant sixth under Luis Saez at 9-2 odds in her previous race on November 1st.

Franco settled her in third Wednesday as Cartwheel led 10-1 Wait a Minute and Dylan Davis by a length to two lengths through a half-mile in :47.43.

Franco sent Maiden Beauty up three-wide for a clear shot at the leaders. Cartwheel put away Wait a Minute but had no answer for Maiden Beauty, who took over near the sixteenth pole and opened a clear lead. She Takes Charge came flying at the end, but it was way too late as Maiden Beauty held on.

Maiden Beauty is now three-for-16 on dirt with two seconds and three thirds. She has also raced twice on turf and has combined earnings of more than $250,000.

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Capping a frantic finish under Junior Alvarado, Dream Maker Racing’s freshened four-year-old gelding Jimmy Jazz defeated Klickitat and Manny Franco by a head in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight on the grass Wednesday. He completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.48 on the “yielding” inner turf course. Jimmy Jazz was sent off at odds of 3-1 and Klickitat, who was adding blinkers, went off at 2-1 odds in the field of seven.

Crazy Life, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano, finished third in between the top pair, a half-length behind Klickitat. Dancers for Token, sent off at 37-1 odds under Eric Cancel, finished fourth, 6 ½ lengths behind Crazy Life.

Windylea Farm bred Jimmy Jazz, a son of English Channel out of Nikki Tootsie by Waquoit who is trained by Tom Bush. Jimmy Jazz hadn’t raced since September 18th, when he finished fourth under Joel Rosario at 9-2 odds.

Alvarado got him away third, and he alternated in third and fourth with Crazy Life as 7-1 Implied Volatility and Reylu Gutierrez duked it out on the front end with Dancers for Token. Implied Volatility led Dancers for Token by a nose to a head through splits of :24.09, :49.55 and 1:14.09.

Klickitat, Crazy Life and Jimmy Jazz all passed the top pair in deep stretch, with Klickitat and Jimmy Jazz slightly in front of Crazy Life with 200 yards remaining. In the final 50 yards, Jimmy Jazz pushed ahead of the other two to prevail.

Jimmy Jazz is now one-for-nine on turf with one second and two thirds. He’s also raced once on dirt and has combined earnings of more than $75,000.

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In an accident-marred race switched from the turf to the “fast” main track Wednesday, Miracle Man Racing Partners’ homebred three-year-old gelding No More Miracles and Eric Cancel dueled with Hudson Overpass and Manny Franco from gate to just before the wire, taking a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer by a half-length in a final time of 1:13.69. No More Miracles was sent off at odds of 8-1 and Hudson Overpass went off at 5-2 odds in the field of seven.

The filly racing against males, 3-1 Tatterazzi and Joel Rosario, finished third, four lengths behind Hudson Overpass while one length ahead of 32-1 Plebe and Mike Luzzi.

Clear the Ramp, the even-money favorite on the rail ridden by Jose Ortiz, was narrowly in front heading into the far turn, took a misstep and appeared to suffer a serious injury. She was quickly pulled up and vanned off the track. Ortiz was able to walk away and rode in the next race.

David Donk trains No More Miracles, a son of Miracle Man out of Five Songs by Forestry who was returning to dirt after five turf tries.

No More Miracles was on Clear the Ramp’s outside two-wide and Hudson Overpass was just a bit back three-wide when Clear the Ramp was hurt. They inherited the front, then alternated on the lead before No More Miracles edged away in deep stretch.

No More Miracles is now one-for-six on dirt. He also has one second from five turf races, for total earnings of more than $35,000.

 

My Boy Tate Wins the Thunder Rumble Stakes Off a Long Layoff

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Showing no rust off a 13-month layoff, trainer/breeder/co-owner Michelle Nevin’s five-year-old gelding My Boy Tate rallied from fifth under Manny Franco to capture the seven-furlong $150,000 Thunder Rumble Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series by 1 ¾ lengths Sunday at Aqueduct. My Boy Tate, sent off at odds of 4-1 in the field of eight, won in a final time of 1:24.39 on the “sloppy” track to give Franco his third winner of the afternoon.

“This was worth the wait,” Nevin said afterwards.

The hard-hitter T Loves a Fight, who went off at 5-1 odds with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the saddle, finished second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of 20-1 Binkster and Dylan Davis. Arthur’s Hope, sent off at 5-2  odds with John Velazquez aboard, finished fourth, one length behind Binkster.

My Boy Tate, a son of Boys At Toscanova out of Backslash by Sharp Humor, hadn’t raced since October 20th, 2018, when he finished eighth in the $150,000 Hudson Handicap.

Nevin did an outstanding job getting My Boy Tate ready for his return.

Franco got him away fifth as 5-1 Dark Money and Jose Lezcano battled Arthur’s Hope on the front end through an opening quarter-mile in :22.91 and a half-mile in :46.51.

When Arthur’s Hope put Dark Money away, he was confronted by My Boy Tate, who took the lead readily. He hit three-quarters in 1:11.82 in front and maintained a safe lead to the wire.

“When I asked him in the stretch, he was there for me,” Franco said. “He handled the track really well.”

The lightly raced My Boy Tate improved his outstanding record to six-for-12 with two seconds, one third and earnings topping $350,000.

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Equivine Farm’s homebred three-year-old gelding El Hermano shot to the lead under Jose Lezcano and never relinquished it, taking his second straight race, a one-mile $70,000 New York-bred allowance/optional $40,000 claimer switched from the turf to the dirt, by two lengths. Sent off at 2-1 odds in the field of seven, El Hermano won in a final time of 1:37.83 on the sloppy track.

Storm Prophet, who went off at odds of 8-1 under Joel Rosario, finished second, 2 ½ lengths in front of 3-1 Vincento and Jose Ortiz. Shamrock Kid, a 7-1 shot ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, finished fourth, four lengths behind Vincento.

El Hermano, a son of El Padrino out of Monkton Miss by Out of Place, won his previous start coast-to-coast by 4 ½ lengths under Lezcano at 6-1 odds on October 24th.

Lezcano didn’t change tactics Sunday, and El Hermano maintained a clear lead of a length and a half to two lengths through splits of :22.36, :47.03 and 1:12.33. He cruised home comfortably.

El Hermano is now two-for-five on dirt. He’s one-for-four on turf with one second, and has combined earnings of more than $130,000.

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Taking giant strides under Javier Castellano, Marc Detampel, Fergus Galvin, Jayne Doi Johnson and Adrian Mansergh Wallace’s debuting colt Giant Shoes came flying down the center of the track to win a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-olds switched from the turf to the dirt Sunday. Sent off at 6-1 odds in a field of 11, Giant Shoes won by 3 ¾ lengths on the sloppy track, completing the six-furlong distance in 1:13.16.

Jack of Clubs, who went off at odds of 5-1 under John Velazquez, nipped 8-1 Notorious Flirt and Jose Lezcano by a head for second. Power Up Paynter, sent off at 6-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche, finished fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind Notorious Flirt.

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Whitmer bred Giant Shoes, a son of Giant Surprise out of Lake Toccet by Toccet who sold for $50,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2018 and is trained by Brad Cox. Giant Shoes had seven works for his debut, including four consecutive good four-furlong moves.

Castellano settled him in mid-pack as 7-1 Go Rudy Go and Irad Ortiz Jr. nursed a narrow lead through a half-mile in :47.19. Giant Shoes was rallying strongly on the far outside by then, and he blasted past the front-runner to win going away.

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WinStar Farm’s debuting homebred three-year-old gelding Operation Roses made quite a first impression, riding the rail to an impressive seven-length wire-to-wire victory under John Velazquez in Sunday’s finale, a six-furlong $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-olds. Sent off the 3-2 favorite from the rail in a field of 11, Operation Roses won in a final time of 1:11.49 in the slop.

The gray firster Quickflash, who went off at odds of 20-1 with Dylan Davis up, finished second, a neck in front of 9-1 Freudian Fate and Eric Cancel. Hot Brown, sent off at 3-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche, finished another half-length behind in fourth.

MR Capital, LLC co-bred Operation Roses, a son of Super Saver out of Project Rose by Not For Love who is trained by Todd Pletcher. Operation Roses’ nine works for his debut included four bullet works at Palm Beach Downs.

Velazquez sent him at the start, and he took the lead immediately. He stretched a length-and-a-half cushion after a first quarter-mile in :22.57 to 2 ½ lengths through a :46.96 half-mile. Then he poured it on, winning with a lot left.

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Alifyfe Racing’s three-year-old gelding The Honest Toun made a remarkable recovery after an extremely awkward start left him some 15 lengths behind. Irad Ortiz Jr. never gave up on him, and he rallied on the far outside to defeat My Primo by a neck in a one-mile $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer switched from the turf to the “sloppy” main track. The Honest Toun was the 3-2 favorite and My Primo, a new gelding ridden by Dylan Davis, was sent off at 11-1 odds in the field of eight.

Brown Eyed Boy, sent off at odds of 6-1 with Kendrick Carmouche riding, finished third, 2 ½ lengths behind My Primo while a length and three-quarters ahead of 5-1 Snow Lion and Manny Franco.

Rhapsody Farm and Jon Davis bred The Honest Toun, a son of Honorable Dillon out of Pleasant Harbor by Rockport Harbor who sold for $30,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August 2017 and is trained by David Donk. The Honest Toun finished fourth on grass in his prior start October 19th under Eric Cancel.

Ortiz, who rode The Honest Toun in his first two career starts, didn’t panic after the slow start Sunday, slowly working him back into the race.

Longshot Lorcan, who went off at 32-1 odds under Reylu Gutierrez, led the field to a :47.60 half-mile before Brown Eyed Boy took the front. My Primo had rallied into third as The Honest Toun kept gaining on the extreme outside. My Primo then took the front but he couldn’t keep it, as The Honest Toun passed him in the final 100 yards to win in a final time of 1:40.46 in the slop.

The Honest Toun is now one-for-four on dirt with one third. He’s also made two turf starts and has combined earnings of more than $35,000.

 

Myhartblongstodady Finishes Fast to Win Her Return Saturday

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Lawrence Goichman’s homebred four-year-old filly Myhartblongstodady, making her first start in more than 14 months, looked hopelessly beaten in 10th at the top of the stretch Saturday at Aqueduct. But Jose Ortiz found a clear path on the rail and Myhartblongstodady stormed past every horse in front of her to win a mile-and-a-sixteenth $66,000 New York-bred grass allowance by two lengths. Sent off at 5-2 odds in the field of 12, Myhartblongstodady won in a final time of 1:44.20 on the “good” inner turf course.

Paved With Gold, who went off at odds of 26-1 under five-pound apprentice Derrick Carroll, finished second, a neck in front of 12-1 Tempers Way and Junior Alvarado. Summer Squeeze, sent off at 5-2 odds from the rail under Jose Lezcano, finished fourth, a length and a half behind Tempers Way.

Chad Brown trains Myhartblongstodady, a daughter of Scat Daddy out of Elusive Rumour by Elusive Quality who hadn’t raced since September 19th, 2018, when she finished third by 6 ½ lengths under Ortiz as the even-money favorite.

She was far back early as Tempers Way set the pace. She led 25-1 Tiz a Kitten and Kendrick Carmouche by a length and a half after a first opening quarter-mile in :23.21. Tiz a Kitten rushed up to take a three-quarter-length lead on the outside of Tempers Way, but Tempers Way responded immediately to regain the front after a half-mile in :47.57.

Tempers Way opened a two-length lead after three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.91, but Paved With Gold gained on the outside as Myhartblongstodady rallied boldly on the inside. Myhartblongstodady maintained her momentum, flew past Tempers Way and won going away.

Myhartblongstodady is now two-for-five with two seconds in her all-turf career, for earnings of more than $115,000.

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Flying down the center of the outer turf course under Joey Martinez, Michael Ryan’s first-time starter Summer At the Spa rallied from seventh in mid-stretch to edge Fractorzation and Dylan Davis by a head in a $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies Saturday. She covered the six-furlong distance in 1:12.59 over the “good” going. That gave Summer At the Spa’s breeder, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, a sweep of Saturday’s daily double. Summer At the Spa was sent off at odds of 25-1 and Fractorzation went off at 7-1 odds in the field of 11.

Lucky Lizzie, sent off at 5-1 odds with Junior Alvarado up, finished third, a length and three-quarters behind Fractorzation while one length ahead of 4-1 Chouchou de Boo and Javier Castellano.

Jimmy Toner trains Summer At the Spa, a daughter of Summer Front out of Myself by Giant’s Causeway who sold for $55,000 in April. Summer At the Spa had 10 modest dirt workouts for her debut on grass.

She was ninth early as 6-1 firster City Temper and Kendrick Carmouche set the pace under pressure from Fractorzation through a half-mile in :46.97. At that point Fractorzation took over and opened a two-length lead past mid-stretch.

Then Summer At the Spa arrived on the far outside. Closing significant ground with every stride, Summer At the Spa got up in time to win her debut.

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In Saturday’s opener, a six-furlong $42,000 conditional $40,000 claimer, Siegel Sez Stables and Ken Shaw’s three-year-old New York-bred gelding Riken and Manny Franco set the pace, opened a three-length lead and then held off New York-bred Mister Bobby and Reylu Gutierrez by a nose to win in a final time of 1:11.55. Riken was sent off at 5-1 odds and Mister Bobby went off at odds of 15-1 in the field of six.

Mandatory Payout, the 2-1 favorite ridden by five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll, finished third, a length and three-quarters behind Mister Bobby.

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Spruce Lane Farm bred Riken, a son of Central Banker out of Sea Wind by Northern Afleet who sold for $45,000 as a two-year-old in April 2018 and is trained by David Donk. Riken was returning to dirt off an 11th-place finish in a New York-bred grass allowance under Carroll on October 18th.

Franco, who had ridden Riken several times previously, sent him to the lead and he held a three-quarter-length advantage on 2-1 New York-bred Bassman Dave and five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez after a first quarter-mile in :22.78.

Riken stretched his cushion to two lengths by running a half-mile in :46.05, then further increased the margin to three lengths by mid-stretch. Mister Bobby came flying at him late, but Riken gamely held him off to the wire.

Riken is now two-for-eight on dirt. He has also raced on turf three times and has combined earnings of more than $80,000.

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Using the rail to his advantage, Hector Diaz Jr. hustled co-owner/trainer John Toscano Jr. and Anthony Parisi’s seven-year-old New York-bred gelding Brimstone to the lead Saturday, and he went on to a 2 ½-length victory in a 6 ½-furlong $28,000 open $10,000 claimer. Sent off at 8-1 odds in the field of eight, Brimstone won in a final time of 1:18.64.

New York-bred What Catch, who went off at odds of 4-1 with five-pound apprentice Benjamin Hernandez up, finished second, a neck ahead of New York-bred O Shea Can U See, the 8-5 favorite piloted by Manny Franco.

John Behrendt and Charles Marquis bred Brimstone, a son of Munnings out of Nice Kitty Kitty by Forest Wildcat who finished a late-tiring sixth at 30-1 odds under Hernandez on November 2nd.

Diaz rushed Brimstone up the rail to beat 15-1 So Sublime and Reylu Gutierrez to the early lead, and he quickly built a two-length cushion after an opening quarter-mile in :22.60. Brimstone stretched his advantage to four lengths by running a half-mile in :45.88.

Brimstone drifted out a bit through the stretch while maintaining a safe lead all the way to the wire.

Brimstone improved his dirt record to nine-for-36 with three seconds and four thirds. He also has two seconds and one third from six turf tries, for total earnings of more than $385,000.

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Trainer Linda Rice added blinkers to Rising Graph Stable’s homebred colt Blues City and he responded with a professional 2 ¼-length victory under Jose Lezcano in Saturday’s finale, a six-furlong $41,000 New York-bred maiden $40,000 claimer for two-year-olds. Sent off at 5-2 odds in a field of 11, Blues City won in a final time of 1:13.52.

Titan’s Will, who went off at 10-1 odds with Kendrick Carmouche riding, finished second, one length ahead of 10-1 Victory Built and Jorge Vargas Jr. First-time starter Glenn Likes Gin, sent off at odds of 57-1 under Keivan Serrano, finished another length back in fourth.

Blues City is a son of Frost Giant out of Sister City by Good and Tough who finished third at 3-2 odds in his prior start under Lezcano on November 2nd.

Lezcano got Blues City away second and he tracked 5-1 Imperial B and Jose Ortiz through a first quarter-mile in :23.24 and a half-mile in :47.71.

When Lezcano asked, Blues City took the front and opened a clear lead. He was in-hand late.

Blues City is now one-for-six with two seconds, one third and earnings of more than $50,000.

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