Chestertown Delivers at Even Money Sunday
By Bill Heller
Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred two-year-old colt Chestertown, a $2 million purchase in March who is co-owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Woodford Racing, Siena Farm and Robert Masiello, rallied past front-running Dawn’s Early Light and Kendrick Carmouche on the way to a 2 ¾-length victory in a one-mile $62,000 New York-bred maiden special weight at Aqueduct Sunday. Sent off the even-money in a field of nine, Chestertown won in a final time of 1:37.56 on a track down-graded from “fast” to “good,” giving jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his second victory of the afternoon in the day’s fourth race, which turned out to be the last race of the day.
The New York Racing Association canceled the rest of Sunday’s card due to inclement weather.
Forever Wicked, sent off at odds of 21-1 under five-pound apprentice Declan Carroll, finished second, three lengths ahead Wild Banker, who was adding blinkers and went off at 71-1 odds from the rail under Eric Cancel. Dawn’s Early Light, who went off at 5-1 odds with Kendrick Carmouche up, finished fourth, three-quarters of a length behind Wild Banker.
Steve Asmussen trains Chestertown, a son of Tapit out of G1-winning NY-bred mare Artemis Agrotera by Roman Ruler who was making just his second career start. In his debut on October 24th, Chestertown rallied under Manny Franco to finish third by 2 ½ lengths as the 6-5 favorite.
Ortiz settled Chestertown in fourth as Dawn’s Early Light led True Grace, the 7-5 second choice ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, through a half-mile in :47.25.
Ortiz sent Chestertown up on the outside and he quickly worked his way up to challenge for the lead. Chestertown powered past the frontrunner, opened a four-length lead, and coasted home in-hand late.
Chestertown has already earned more than $40,000 in his first two starts.
Mo Maverick Cruises to Second Straight Victory for His New Connections
Michael Dubb’s new claim, the speedy five-year-old New York-bred gelding Mo Maverick, backed up his even-money odds in a field of 10 with an impressive front-end score by 6 ½ lengths under Irad Ortiz Jr. in a six-furlong $70,000 New York-bred grass allowance/optional $40,000 claimer Saturday at Aqueduct. Mo Maverick won in a final time of 1:09.40 on the “firm” outer turf course.
Shiraz, sent off at odds of 21-1 with Joe Bravo riding, finished second, a half-length ahead of 5-1 Fast Getaway and Jose Ortiz. Call Me Harry, who went off at 7-2 odds under Joel Rosario, finished just another neck back in fourth.
Gentry Stable bred Mo Maverick, a son of Uncle Mo out of Lemon Splendor by Lemon Drop Kid who is now trained by Jason Servis. Dubb claimed Mo Maverick for $40,000 on October 10th, when he won wire-to-wire by a half-length at 9-1 odds under Kendrick Carmouche. Servis gave his new gelding enough time to recover from that game score, and he returned even better.
Irad Ortiz Jr. sent Mo Maverick right to the lead, and he never was seriously threatened through splits of :22.69 and :46.07. Then Ortiz let Mo Maverick loose and he opened a gaping advantage before being taken in-hand late.
Mo Maverick is now seven-for-19 on turf with two seconds and two thirds. He also has two seconds from three dirt starts, for total earnings of more than $370,000.
Hannah’s Smile Wins Her Second Straight in Open Grass Allowance
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.