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Favorite Gold for the King obliges in Notebook Stakes

Sat, 2016-11-19 16:34

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Francis Paolangeli’s homebred Gold for the King, third in the slop in the 1-mile Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont on October 22, returned to winning form Saturday at Aqueduct as the 8-5 favorite when he got back on a fast track, cut back to six furlongs and donned blinkers for the $100,000 Notebook for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

Lined up toward the outside of the 7-horse field in post six, Gold for the King was the fastest out of the blocks, but deferred to Sal the Turtle, a game 22-1 longshot, and 9-1 Tribecca, who hooked up with one another to his inside. Instead, he sat a stalking trip in the early stages, a half-length back in third and well off the rail.

Gold for the King moved up into second when Tribecca tailed off after an opening quarter in 22.46, and, catching up with Sal the Turtle, got on even terms with the leader at the top of the lane.

The pair raced stride-for-stride in upper stretch, but inside the final furlong, Gold for the King began to edge away from his grudging rival, eventually opening up in the final sixteenth to a 1 1/4-length victory. After a half-mile in 45.73, Gold for the King stopped the timer at 1:10.70.

Bourbon Empire closed from last to finish third, followed by Eddie’s Gift, Fled, Hamptons Holiday, Caught a Heater and Tribecca. Breeze Burner, La Cat Warrior, Macho Miah Mr. Buff and Three to Thirteen were scratched. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

Winning trainer Charlton Baker said, “[Gold for the King] broke good, Jose had to use him a little to get involved early as he sat back, but it was a great setup.”

Baker feels, however, that his charge is still a work in progress. “I thought he still kind of played around with [Sal the Turtle] in the stretch, but he’s still a young horse. He’s going to learn as he goes along. I think the blinkers made a difference. Not a big difference but just enough. We used a small cup, maybe we’ll make more of adjustment going forward.”

Victorious jockey Jose Ortiz thought the blinkers were just the right prescription. “Charlie [Baker] did a great job adding the blinkers to cut him back to six [furlongs] today. He [Gold for the King] really liked them. They weren’t too closed, just like cheaters.”

Ortiz also explained his decision to race off the fence. “Last time I rode him, he wasn’t comfortable behind horses so I didn’t want to end up behind horses today. He broke sharp and running, so I got him in the clear, which is what I wanted.”

Continued Ortiz, “He put me in a great position the whole way. The whole time, I was waiting, waiting and I knew when I turned for home, that I had to beat the horse on the inside of me so I tried to keep with him. My horse ran a really good race.”

Never out of the money in five starts, Gold for the King broke his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths at first asking at Saratoga. After finishing third to Syndergaard in his stakes debut in the Funny Cide later in the meet, he returned to the races five weeks later to capture Finger Lakes’ New York Breeders’ Futurity by 2 3/4 lengths. His bankroll stands at $280,568

Foaled at Thomas Dushas’ Pegasus Farm in Dover Plains, Gold for the King is the second foal and first winner out of Gold for the Queen, a New York-bred multiple stakes winner bred by Pegasus Farms Inc., campaigned by Paolangeli and trained by Baker. Gold for the Queen currently has a weanling colt by Frost Giant named True Gold, and was bred this spring to Japan.

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War Dancer connections name first “Starlet” for 2017 “Breeding with the Stars” program

Thu, 2016-11-17 12:22

(Edited press release)

Saratoga Springs, NY – The connections of millionaire Graded stakes winner and future Rockridge Stud stallion War Dancer kicked off their New York “Breeding with the Stars” program” last week with Sugar Plum Farm.

This week the War Dancer connections confirmed the first ‘Starlet’ in the program will be Holy Smokie, by Holy Bull. The 9-year-old mare has produced three winners from three starters, including Grade 2 Summer S. runner up, 2-year-old Conquest Farenheit, who juvenile sold at Keeneland yesterday for $735,000 to Rockingham Ranch.

Robin Malatino, owner of Sugar Plum Farm near Saratoga and representing the War Dancer “Breeding with the Stars” program” said, “We are thrilled to have such a nice young mare join our program, she will be boarded at Sugar Plum Farm in Saratoga Springs after she is bred to War Dancer early next year.”

Malatino continued, “New York has such a wonderful lucrative breeding program, we could not be more excited by this mating, and the resulting foal will continue the War Front sire line.”

War Dancer is one of three millionaire sons of leading two-year-old sire War Front standing in North America, and the only one in New York. War Dancer won or placed in 11 stakes, nine of them graded stakes and won the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Louisville H. He is out of Deed I Do, runner-up in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss and a daughter of Grade 1 Carter H. winner and Grade 1 Preakness runner-up Alydeed.

For more details about the War Dancer Breeding Program please contact Rockridge Stud in Hudson, Lere at (518) 851-6616 or Erin (859) 421-7531.

NYTB to administer New York Stallion Stakes Series nominations

Wed, 2016-11-16 09:37

By Sarah Mace

In 2016 the administration of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) Series was transferred from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc (NYTB). Accordingly, Stallion owners should be aware that beginning with the 2017 breeding season, all nomination forms and fees should be directed to NYTB (not to NYRA, as in the past).

For a stallion’s progeny to be eligible for the Series, which consists of 10 stakes races worth over $1 million, the stallion must be fully nominated in the year of the foal’s conception. For the 2017 breeding season, the stallion owner should complete the NYSS Series Nomination Form for Series 2020 (Foals of 2018) and send the nomination fee (payable to “NYTB”) to:

NYTB
57 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

A stallion’s nomination fee is $2,500, or advertised stud fee (whichever is higher). Fifty percent of the nomination fee is due February 15; the remaining fifty percent is due July 1.

Additionally, for the convenience of stallion owners, breeders, owners and trainers, NYTB (http://www.nytbreeders.org) will maintain a NYSS webpage with nomination forms and other useful material. The page, which may be accessed from the “Racing” dropdown menu, includes:

  • a link to the stallion nomination form for the 2017 breeding season (Series 2020, Foals of 2018)
  • lists of nominated stallions by year, beginning with Series 2012 (Foals of 2010) through Series 2019 (Foals of 2017).
  • a list of NYSS Series-eligible horses through Series 2016 (Foals of 2014), which was the last year foals were nominated individually. From Series 2017 (Foals of 2015) forward, foals sired by nominated stallions became automatically eligible for all NYSS races without a nomination fee.
  • dates, conditions and purses of the races as soon as they are announced.

 

For further information contact NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo at 518-587-0777 or info@nytbreeders.org.

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Sunrise Stallions Sets 2017 Fees

Wed, 2016-11-16 08:28

Big Brown (Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt)

(Press Release)

Sunrise Stallions released its stud fees for 2017 this week. Big Brown will stand for $7,500 and Frost Giant will stand for $5,000. Sunrise will offer Frost Giant’s full brother, Heavy Breathing (by Giant’s Causeway, out of Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West), for a fee of $2,500. Heavy Breathing’s first crop hits the track next year.

Heavy Breathing stands alongside Big Brown at Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, while Frost Giant stands at Keane Stud near Amenia.

Big Brown (by Boundary, out of Mein, by Nureyev) is coming off a strong season in which his Grade 1-placed daughter Kiss to Remember won Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes Nov. 5 prior to selling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $500,000. Big Brown’s multiple Grade 1-winning son Dortmund ran second to California Chrome in Del Mar’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap this summer.

The progeny of Big Brown—the only Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes winner to stand in New York other than Spectacular Bid in the twilight of his career—have earned more than $3.28 million in 2016. Ranked fourth for the season among New York-based sires after ranking as the state’s top sire in 2015, Big Brown has sired 16 black-type winners.

Frost Giant is the state’s leading sire of 2-year-olds, with more than $575,000 in earnings. Among his 13 winners is black-type winner Bobby On Fleek. Frost Giant’s number of 2-year-old winners this season is almost twice as many as second-ranked Bellamy Road, who moved to New York from Kentucky this year.

“Both Big Brown and Frost Giant have proved they can sire top runners who can earn New York breeders substantial returns on their investment through New York’s nationally leading breeding incentive program,” said Sunrise Stallions business manager Eric Bishop. “We want to encourage breeders to take part in New York’s extremely attractive program by offering our stallions at exceptionally competitive fees.”

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NY-bred weanling tops KEENOV Session 5 Saturday; NY results strong through Book 3

Mon, 2016-11-14 11:44

By Sarah Mace

A $275,000 New York-bred colt from the second crop of Violence (Hip 1634) topped all weanling offerings Saturday in the opening session of Book 3 of the Keeneland November sale.

Through the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, New York-breds have performed very well. The New York buyback percentage is significantly lower than the general population of the sale, and the New York median is outperforming the overall median by nearly 15%.

Bred by Tom Ryan et al’s SF Bloodstock LLC, the Violence colt was landed by owner/breeder Mary A. Sullivan from the consignment of Select Sales, Agent LVII. One hip earlier, his dam Five Star Momma sold as the session topper, going to Evelyn Benoit’s “Star Guitar” for $550,000. The 7-year-old Kentucky-bred mare is a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer by Five Star Day. The New York-bred Violence colt, born February 17, is her first foal.

Crestwood Farm’s Phil Hager, who made the winning bid on the weanling for Sullivan, explained to the TDN that she “was looking for a New York-bred colt. We missed on some yearlings, so she wanted to get a weanling. We loved the physical and the mare could really run.”

Select Sale’s Carrie Brogden commented, “When the [Violence] baby came to be prepped at my farm about 60 days ago, I called [breeder] Tom Ryan and said, ‘Wow, wow, wow, wow!’ Mares just don’t have first foals like this. Quality is what everyone wants and quality is what he is.”

Continued Brogden, “He just exuded class. He was so special. I must have been asked for his vet report 40 times in the back ring. Everyone was falling all over themselves. He is what everyone wants to breed. And on top of that, he is a registered New York-bred.”

Through the first three Books of the Keeneland November sale, New York-breds have been well-received (34 sold of 43 offered), resulting in a buyback percentage of only 20.9%, compared to the 30.8% RNA rate for the sale at large.

The $86,000 New York-bred median is nearly 15% better than the cumulative sale median of $75,000. The New York-bred average price for the sale remains strong, coming in at $103,397 compared to $155,941 for all horses at the sale to date.

The Keeneland sale continues through November 20.

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Strong finish in NYSS Staten Island gives Highway Star first stakes score

Sun, 2016-11-13 17:45

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman’s 3-year-old homebred Highway Star (Girolamo) ran down Frosty Margarita in late stretch to collect her first black type victory Sunday in Aqueduct’s $125,000 Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Stakes series for New York-sired fillies and mares.

Winner of a restricted allowance race at Belmont on September 28 going a mile, Highway Star turned back to seven furlongs in the Staten Island, while looking for a fourth victory in her sixth career start as the second betting choice at odds of 7-2.

In the early stages of the race Highway Star led the second flight of runners in fourth position, while longshots Rosie P and Perfect Freud zipped along on the front end through a quarter mile in 22.44 and half in 45.46. Frosty Margarita tracked the top two in third.

Advancing on the far turn, Highway Star gained two spots as the longshots faded, and set her sights on Frosty Margarita, who had fully gained command.

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Charging homeward in the two path, with more two lengths to make up at the top of the lane, Highway Star eroded Frosty Margarita’s lead, fully opened up her stride in the final sixteenth and charged to a decisive 3 1/4-length victory. After six furlongs 1:10.54, the final time for seven panels was 1:24.18.

Frosty Margarita (8-1) held the place, followed a half length back by odds on favorite Super Surprise. Longshot Familyofroses (24-1) finished fourth followed, across the line by Wonderment, Lady Kreesa, Perfect Freud, Rosie P and Storied Lady. Hey Kiddo and Uncle Southern were scratched. [VIDEO]

Trainer Rodrigo Ubillo explained his master plan for jockey Angel Arroyo, aboard the filly for the first time Sunday. “I told Angel just let her tell you where she wants to be. She’s pretty smart and it worked out perfectly. I told him just let her be and in the end, she’ll need to get going. They went kind of quick 22 [seconds], I mean she’s fast, but not that fast.”

Continued Ubillo, “I didn’t want her to run her at 7 furlongs but there wasn’t another race for her so we decided to run in this spot. We could have run her a mile and an eighth but that wasn’t the right distance for her. This worked out perfect”

Arroyo commented simply, “She’s a nice filly and I got a good trip; the best trip. I had a lot of horse left in the end. She ran great.”

Unraced at two, Highway Star won her first two starts at three, breaking her maiden on debut last May at Belmont and following up with a restricted allowance victory in July. Unplaced in her first stakes try, the Statue of Liberty division of the NYSS at Saratoga, she finished third in the Fleet Indian at the Spa.

Highway Star is one of three winners, and the first stakes winner, out of Stolen Star, a multiple stakes placed homebred for the Bromans and a half sister to multiple stakes winner and sire Friend or Foe.

Highway Star’s sire Girolamo, a Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy owned by Darley, began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York before relocating to Kentucky.

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KEENOV Book 2 wrap: superior NY weanlings, solid NY-Bred clearance

Sat, 2016-11-12 11:16

By Sarah Mace

In the Thursday-Friday sessions of Keenland’s November breeding stock sale comprising Book 2 of the catalogue, the New York-bred contingent produced a pair of standout weanlings. Also, the cumulative clearance rate for New York-breds overall has also been encouraging.

The New York-bred weanling topper was a colt by City Zip, who was hammered down in Friday’s session to Osprey Bloodstock for $240,000.

The bay, who sold as Hip 933, is a late May foal bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks and Soave Stables. Consigned by Indian Creek, Agent, the Breeder’s Cup-nominated weanling is out of stakes producer Nick’s Honor, the dam of multiple stakes winner The Lewis Dinner, an earner of over $260,000 by Posse, and stakes winner Kelli Got Frosty by Frost Giant. Nick’s Honor, an unraced daughter of Jump Start was been bred back this year to City Zip.

Thursday’s trading saw the sale of the top New York-bred weanling filly (Hip 752), a daughter of Giant’s Causeway from the family of multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Life at Ten. She commanded the seventh highest weanling price of the overall when Alastar Thoroughbred Co., LLC made a winning bid of $230,000. Greenfield Farm (B. D. Gibbs Farm, LLC), Agent VII was her consignor.

The sale filly is the second foal out of Cocoanut Row a Florida-bred winner by Mineshaft who is a half sister to stakes winner Dixie Dreamer and Dixie High. The sale filly’s third dam is Saratoga Ten, the dam of Life at Ten.

The cumulative New York-bred RNA percentage for the sale currently stands at 23.3%, which compares favorably to the sale’s figure of 29.5% (30 offered, 23 sold). The other New York-bred indicators are solid. The cumulative average through Book 2 is $115,739, while the median price is $95,000. Five individuals have sold for over $200,000; six have brought six figures.

The overall sale average through Book 2 is down just a tick to $224,221. The cumulative sale median stands at $125,000, down 9.1% from 2015.

 

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New York-bred race mares well-received in KEENOV Book 1

Thu, 2016-11-10 13:43

By Sarah Mace

Following up on the successes of two New York-breds who brought seven figures at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale, New York race mares continued to roll when Keenland took over the baton of the mixed sale season on Election Day, the opening day of the marathon November breeding stock sale which runs through November 20.

During the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions that comprised Book 1, all three New York-breds offered changed hands for six figures, topped by a pair of in-foal mares who brought $300,000 and $250,000 respectively.

The New York-bred top seller of Book 1 was 4-year-old Harlan’s Honor (Hip 212), an open stakes winner by the late Harlan’s Holiday who was purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $300,000 from the Taylor Made consignment. Harlan’s Honor is in foal to Liam’s Map on a March 19 cover.

A bay, Harlan’s Honor was bred by Marty Zaretsky and is out of stakes-placed Indian Rush. Her third dam, Secret Rhapsody, is stakes winner and stakes producer, as is her fourth dam Hear a Rhapsody.

Four horses later Grade 3 winner Hot Stones (Hip 216), a 6-year-old daughter of New York-based sire Bustin Stones, brought $250,000 from the consignment of Timber Town (Mr. & Mrs. T. Wayne Sweezey) who acted as agent for R. S. Evans. Hot Stones is in foal toTonalist on a January 27 mating. Clarkland Farm signed the ticket.

Hot Stones won the 2014 Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses at Belmont Park and 2015 restricted Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga, and her overall racing resume is impressive. An earner of over a half-million dollars ($521,356), she owns 8 wins and five placings from 19 career starts.

Bred by Jerry Bilinski in partnership with Roddy Valente Hot Stones is out of Steamed Up, an unraced New York-bred daughter of New York sire Freud and half sister to stakes winner Like a Rose.

At the completion of Keeneland’s first book the indicators were encouraging. The average price was $406,794, an increase of 4.2% from last year, while the median rose by 13% to $260,000. The Book 1 buyback rate was 28.7%, a slight increase from 27.5% in 2015.

Book 2 of the Keenland sale is spread over Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions and will cover Hips 481-1303. Sessions begin at 11:00 a.m.

Click here for New York-bred hips entered with links to the catalogue pages

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Fasig-Tipton November sale yields two seven-figure New York-bred mares

Wed, 2016-11-09 09:30

Whatdreamsrmadeof (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

A pair of New York-bred mares – one of them a Grade 1 producer and the other a Grade 1 winner – drew winning bids of seven figures at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton 2016 November sale.

The first to sell was proven producer Whatdreamsrmadeof, catalogued as Hip 100 and purchased by Summer Wind Equine for $1,650,000.The 12-year-old chestnut daughter of Graeme Hall, who was bred in New York by Sez Who Thoroughbreds and consigned by Brookdale Sales, Agent for Casa Farms I LLC, is the dam of star filly Curalina.

A 1.5 million-earner by Curlin for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Curalina won three Grade 1 contests at three different racetracks (the Acorn at Belmont Park, Coaching Club American Oaks at the Spa and the La Troienne at Churchill Downs). Twenty-three hips after Whatdreamsrmadeof changed hands, Curalina commanded $3 million, the November sale’s second highest price, when purchased by Shadai Stud.

Whatdreamsrmadeof, who is a Grade 2-placed runner in her own right, sold Monday in foal again to Curlin on a March 11 cover.

Haveyougoneaway (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

The other New York-bred to send up seven-figure flares was Gary Barber and Sequel Racing’s Haveyougoneaway, Hip 142. The five-year-old daughter of Congrats, who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect by Sequel Bloodstock Agent, was snapped up Lake Villa Farm for $1,100,000.

Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and foaled at Bead Land & Cattle Company in Pottersville, Haveyougoneaway had changed hands three times previously, but only for a fraction of this price.

A $50,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale in 2011, Haveyougoneaway brought $105,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Then, when offered as a racing or a broodmare prospect at the 2013 Keeneland November sale, she was spirited away by Champion Racing Stable for just $1,200. For Champion, Haveyougoneaway went on to win or place in 10 listed stakes at Remington Park, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and earn $402,425.

Last spring Sequel Racing purchased the mare privately to take advantage of the New York program, turning her over to trainer Tom Morley. Following a runner up finish in the Critical Eye Stakes, Haveyougoneaway captured back-to-back-to-back wins in the Dancin Renee, Grade 2 Honorable Miss and Grade 1 Ballerina in Saratoga from which she earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

 

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Millionaire Upstart to Stand at Airdrie

Tue, 2016-11-01 07:14

First stakes victory: Funny Cide (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Courtesy Airdrie

Upstart, one of the leaders of his division as a 2, 3 and 4-year-old, has been retired to Brereton and Elizabeth Jones’s Airdrie Stud. Racing in the colors of Mr. Ralph Evans and conditioned by trainer Rick Violette throughout his career, the Multiple-Graded Stakes winning son of Flatter retires with career earnings in excess of $1.7 million.

A 2-year old Saratoga debut winner at 5 ½ furlongs, Upstart ran his record to a perfect two-for-two with a win in Saratoga’s $200,000 6 ½ furlong Funny Cide Stakes. He followed that effort with a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes – a race in which he earned a 102 Beyer Speed figure – before completing his juvenile campaign by placing in the Grade 1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.

At 3, Upstart was widely viewed as the top Kentucky Derby prospect on the East Coast following a dominant 5-length score in Gulfstream’s Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes over future Grade 1 winners Frosted and Keen Ice. The effort earned him a 105 Beyer. He once again crossed the wire first in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, this time by 2 ¾ lengths, but was subsequently placed second by a controversial steward’s decision for interference in the stretch. He entered the 2015 Kentucky Derby off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Florida Derby – good for a 108 Beyer Speed Figure – before adding a third place finish in that season’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

As a 4-year- old in 2016, Upstart began the season with a victory in Oaklawn’s GIII $350,000 Razorback Handicap before completing it with back to back placings in the Grade I Metropolitan Mile and Grade 1 Whitney Handicap. The $130,000 yearling purchase concludes his career with $1,732,000 in earnings and will stand as a partnership between Airdrie Stud, WinStar Farm and Mr. Ralph Evans.

Said Airdrie’s Brereton Jones, “Upstart is an absolutely gorgeous son of a fantastic sire in Flatter. We think he’s the best two-year- old Flatter has ever had and love that he trained on to be a top 3- and 4- year-old. I’ll put his 102 Beyer as a two-year- old and 108 at 3 up against any first-crop sire in America and to be right there in 6 Grade 1’s from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to the Whitney tells you what a top- class racehorse he was. He’ll get our full support at stud and we couldn’t be more excited or grateful to team with Mr. Evans and WinStar Farm in working to make him a great success.”

Upstart [who was bred by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen and foaled at her Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford] will stand his first year at stud for a fee of $10,000.

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NY-breds rock solid at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale

Thu, 2016-10-27 14:11

By Sarah Mace

New York-bred yearlings made a strong showing at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, which took place Monday through Wednesday at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington. Cumulatively, the New York-bred average was virtually on par with the overall sale average, while the New York-bred median slightly outperformed the sale’s overall median price.

The Empire state-bred toppers for both sexes emerged in the sale’s concluding session: a pair of standout colts, who each brought $200,000, and the top New York-bred filly, who hammered for $170,000.

Repole Stable/ JJ Crupi bought the first of the male co-toppers early in session three (Hip 862). The colt is a dark bay individual by Curlin who was bred by RF HF Mares Rule #3 and foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville on March 25, 2015. Unnamed, the colt is first foal out of multiple winner Blue Catillac, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat out of stakes winner Sweeping (by End Sweep). Blue Catillac is also a half sister to two stakes performers and to stakes producer Apt to Star. Consignor Baccarri Bloodstock purchased the colt as a weanling for $120,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall mixed sale.

The other $200,000 co-topper was Hip 1116, a chestnut son of Kitten’s Joy bred by Marlene Brody’s Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent where he was foaled. Consigned by Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud on behalf of the breeder, he was purchased by Barry Berkelhammer, agent.

The colt belongs to the fourth generation of Gallagher’s Stud’s most illustrious family. His dam Fanfire, a placed runner by Elusive Quality, is out of Gallagher-bred Eventail, a multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed runner by Lear Fan who produced multiple graded stakes winner Straight Story and stakes winner Strong Souther a (a $1.2-million earner in Japan). Eventail, in turn, is out of Gallagher-bred Felicita, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and $2.4 earner Take Charge Lady, who as a broodmare went to produce Will Take Charge and Take Charge Indy.

The top New York-bred filly of the sale, who went to Fox Hill Farm/T Mcgreevy, Agent for $170,000, also comes from a prominent and familiar New York-bred family. Bred by Tony Grey and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson last June 2, Hip 1236 is a chestnut (currently named St. Bernie) by Union Rags out of Holy Wish by Lord At War (ARG).

Holy Wish has produced a stable of familiar New York-bred standouts: Wishful Tomcat (multiple stakes winner, graded stakes placed, earnings over $700,000), fan favorite Uncle T Seven (multiple stakes winner, earner of over $500,000) and stakes winner Zetterholm. Holy Wish is also the dam of PA-bred multiple stakes winner Lucky Lewis and a daughter, Wicked Wish, who is a graded stakes producer.

Overall, 58 of the 78 New York-bred yearlings offered at the Kentucky fall sale changed hands. Five in all brought six figures. The New York-bred average of $31,814 was a tick below the sale average of $33,065, while the $15,000 median came in slightly above the $14,500 sale median. The New York-bred buyback percentage of 25.6% was more or less identical to the sale of the whole, which improved this year to 25.1% from last year’s 30.8%.

Rip Loves Maize gives trainer first stakes win in Shesastonecoldfox

Tue, 2016-10-25 09:47

SV Photography

By Jim Dunleavy, courtesy DRF.com

Rip Loves Maize gave trainer Linda Dixon her first career stakes victory and jockey Dean Frates his first since 2009 by winning a head decision in the $50,000 Shesastonecoldfox Stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday.

Rip Loves Maize is now 2 for 3 in her career. She finished second in her August debut and won a maiden race in early September prior to the Shesastonecoldfox, a six-furlong race for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies.  Ribbonite, the 1-5 favorite, bumped with Market Music at the start but moved up to take the early lead. She was pressed early by Lily’s Secret, who also is trained by Dixon, while Rip Loves Maize tracked the leaders three wide.  Ribbonite disposed of Lily’s Secret nearing the stretch and drew clear but began to tire after setting fractions of 22.02, 45.91, and 59.51 seconds.  Gonna Be Morgan, who had broken alertly but dropped well off the pace, found her best stride while saving ground on the stretch turn and was up to take the lead inside Ribbonite in midstretch. Gonna Be Morgan held the lead until the final jump, when Rip Loves Maize nailed her on the wire.

Rip Loves Maize, a daughter of D’ Funnybone, was fanned wide into the stretch after racing in good early position. She continued willingly to wear down Gonna Be Morgan.  Rip Loves Maize paid $26.40 in the seven-horse field. She was timed in 1:13.56. The final furlong of the race went in 14.05.  Rips Loves Maize combined with 50-1 Gonna Be Morgan for a $2 exacta worth $481.50.  A Lovely Rose, the 7-2 second choice in the race, was fanned widest of all into the stretch and then was slowly getting to the top pair late. She finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Gonna Be Morgan.  Ribbonite tired to fourth, five lengths behind A Lovely Rose.

Royal Posse Makes it Three Straight with a Dominant Victory in the Empire Classic

Sat, 2016-10-22 20:48

By Bill Heller

All Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith’s five-year-old New York-bred gelding Royal Posse does is run his heart out every time he steps on the racetrack. On Saturday at Belmont Park, he notched his third straight victory, taking the 41st running of the mile-and-an-eighth $300,000 Empire Classic under Irad Ortiz Jr. by 3 ½ lengths over favored Governor Malibu in 1:52.15 on the sloppy track in the final of eight stakes on New York-bred Showcase Day. Royal Posse was the 5-2 second choice and Governor Malibu the 6-5 favorite under Joel Rosario in the field of nine.

Governor Malibu had to settle for second, 3 ¾ lengths clear of last year’s Empire Classic winner Empire Dreams, who was 7-1 under Manny Franco. Pax in Terra, who was 31-1 with John Velazquez riding, finished fourth, a length and a quarter behind Empire Dreams.

Royal Posse’s trainer, Rudy Rodriguez, tried to find the right words for his talented horse. “We’re just very blessed to have him in the barn,” Rodriguez said. “He wants to run all day.”

Royal Posse finished second by three-quarters of a length in last year’s Empire Classic. He hasn’t really had a break since and it doesn’t seem to matter. In his next start, he shipped to Gulfstream Park and won a $200,000 restricted stakes on a sloppy track. He followed that with two seconds and a 3 ¾-length score in the open Mr Sinatra Stakes. Back with New York-breds, he finished second in a pair off New York-bred stakes before winning the $100,000 Alydar Stakes and, in his final start before this year’s Classic, the $98,000 Evan Shipman Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths. That gave him five victories and five seconds in his last 10 starts.

Yet he would go off the 5-2 second choice to Governor Malibu, the highly accomplished three-year-old who finished second in the Grade 2 Peter Pan, fourth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and fifth in the Grade 1 Travers before dropping to a New York-bred allowance race. Sent off at 1-10, he won by 7 ½ lengths on a muddy track.

But Governor Malibu got away dead last Saturday, as three horses skirmished on the front end: 5-1 Wake Up in Malibu and Jose Ortiz, 5-1 Hit It Once More and Javier Castellano and Royal Posse. Wake Up in Malibu led Hit It Once More by a head through a :24.45 first quarter and a half-mile in :48.61. Irad Ortiz Jr. kept Royal Posse a close, three-wide third.

Heading into the far turn, both Hit It Once More and Royal Posse made their moves on the outside and both of them had no trouble passing Wake Up in Malibu. Hit It Once more took a narrow, short-lived lead before Royal Posse surged past him with a powerful brush. By then, Governor Malibu had rallied into third on the inside.

But Royal Posse was long gone. He had no trouble holding off Governor Malibu, winning by himself.

Rodriguez deferred praise to Royal Posse’s jockey: “You have to give Irad a lot of credit. He knows the horse and he rode him great.”

Ortiz deferred praise to Royal Posse’s trainer: “He (Royal Posse) is doing so good and Rudy is doing such a great job with him and keeping his momentum.”

And, yes, Ortiz did smile when the track came up a sea of slop. Royal Posse had a record of three wins and four seconds from nine starts on wet tracks. “He loves the mud,” Ortiz said. “It wasn’t a problem for him at all.”

Perhaps it was, at least a bit, for Governor Malibu. “It just took a long time to get him in the race today,” Rosario said. “He put in a little run at the end, but, by then, he (Royal Posse) was too far away from him.”

That happens to a lot of horses who run against Royal Posse. Royal Posse is now 10-for-32 on dirt with 10 seconds and no thirds. He has earned more than $900,000 and he just may be better now than he has ever been.

Old Harbor wins the Off-the-Turf Ticonderoga

Sat, 2016-10-22 19:47

 

By Bill Heller

Joseph Birnbaum’s home-bred, five-year-old mare Old Harbor disputed the early lead with Invading Humor, cleared that rival and rolled to a five-length victory under Manny Franco in the 36th running of the mile-and-a-sixteenth $200,000 Ticonderoga Stakes shifted from grass to the sloppy main track on New York-bred Showcase Day at Belmont Park Saturday. Old Harbor was 5-2 in the field of seven and Invading Humor 6-1 under Jose Lezcano.

Tahoe Tigress, who was 5-1 with Irad Ortiz Jr. riding, rallied to finish second, six lengths clear of Flipcup, the 2-1 favorite ridden by John Velazquez. Selenite, who was 10-1 under Kendrick Carmouche, finished fourth, three lengths behind Flipcup.
Franco was concerned how Old Harbor galloped out after the race. “I didn’t like the way she pulled up,” he said. “I think it was the right-hind leg. I tried to protect her.”

There was no immediate word from the New York Racing Association regarding Old Harbor’s status after the race.

Russell Cash trains Old Harbor, a daughter of Raffie’s Majesty out of Royal Mast by Roy who had won two of her four prior starts on grass. She hadn’t raced on dirt since November 15th, 2015, when she finished third in a $125,000 division of the New York Stallion Series.

She prepped for the Ticonderoga with a bullet four-furlong dirt work at Monmouth in :48 3/5, the fastest of 37 horses working that distance on Oct. 7th.

Bettors liked her Saturday and she broke sharply. So did Invading Humor on her inside. Old Harbor took a narrow lead on Invading Humor in a :23.58 first quarter, then put Invading Humor away. Old Harbor took a 2 ½ length lead after a half-mile in :47.69 and stretched the margin to three lengths, hitting three-quarters in 1:13.09.

Tahoe Tigress made a bold rush into second but couldn’t get near Old Harbor, who continued on strongly to the wire, winning in 1:46.05.

Old Harbor is now two-for-five on dirt with one second and one third. On turf, she is six-for-20 with three seconds and three thirds for total earnings of more than $600,000.

Bar of Gold wows them by 18 lengths in Empire Distaff

Sat, 2016-10-22 18:51

 

By Bill Heller

Chester and Mary Broman’s home-bred, four-year-old filly Bar of Gold, the 4-5 favorite in the field of six contesting the third running of the mile-and-a-sixteenth $250,000 Empire Distaff, upped her wet track record to five-for-five, exploding between horses at the top of the stretch under Joel Rosario to win by an astounding 18 lengths in-hand in 1:43.10 on the sloppy track at Belmont Park Saturday, the “Wow!!!” race on New York-bred Showcase Day.  “She’s very happy in the mud,” Rosario said. “She loves it.”

Mecke’s Madalyn, who was 27-1 under Jose Lezcano, finished second, 5 ½ lengths clear of 2-1 Jules N Rome and Javier Castellano. Literate, who went off at 7-1 with Luis Saez aboard, was another head back in fourth.

Bar of Gold, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Khancord Kid by Lemon Drop Kid, was making her 14th dirt start for trainer John Kimmel. On dry tracks, she was zero-for-nine with three seconds and two thirds. But she was taking on top competition. Nine of her previous 10 starts came in open graded stakes. The other was in a New York-bred stakes, when she won the $200,000 Critical Eye May 30th by a length and a half on a muddy track under Junior Alvarado as the 3-2 favorite.

In her prior start to the Empire Distaff, Bar of Gold finished third by a half-length under Rosario in a Grade 2 stakes on the synthetic track at Presque Isle Downs.

When Wonder Gal, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, scratched early Saturday, the Empire Distaff figured to go through Bar of Gold.

Kimmel had some advice for Rosario before the race: “I just said to Joel, `With the way we’ve been working her, be patient.’ Some of the other riders had been letting her run a bit too quick early.”
Rosario complied, and Bar of Gold got away fifth on the rail. Isabelle, who was 6-1 under Junior Alvarado, took a narrow lead as Jules N Rome set up in second on her flank. Isabelle led Jules N Rome by a head after a :23.70 first quarter-mile and by a half-length in a :47.67 half-mile. Jules N Rome pulled with a head of Isabelle as 20-1 Jc’s Shooting Star and Manny Franco and 7-1 Literata and Luis Saez rallied strongly on the far outside around the far turn.

Then Rosario, who had kept Bar of Gold on the rail, shot her through a narrow opening between Isabelle and Jules N Rome at the top of the stretch.
Bar of Gold opened five lengths on the field in a matter of seconds, an explosive burst of power. She kept increasing her lead with every stride, prompting announcer Larry Collmus horses to call, “Look at her!”

Despite being in-hand the final eighth of a mile, Bar of Gold kept expanding her lead to a winning margin seldom seen in any races, let alone a $250,000 stakes. She was simply unbelievable.

Bar of Gold is now five-for-14 on dirt with three seconds and two thirds. She has one third in one try over synthetic and has compiled more than $710,000 in earnings.

Pat on the Back wins Sleepy Hollow at 20-1

Sat, 2016-10-22 17:58

 

By Bill Heller

Benefitting from a fine front-end ride by Dylan Davis, Harold Lerner, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables’ colt Pat On the Back captured the 20th running of the one-mile $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes for Two-Year-Olds by a length and a half at 20-1 on New York-bred Showcase Day Saturday at Belmont Park.

Tellmeafookystory, who was 9-2 under Luis Saez from the outside post in the field of nine, rallied from far back for second, a length and a quarter ahead of 5-2 Gold for the King and Jose Ortiz. There was a gap of 2 ¼ lengths back to 13-1 Mr. Buff and Kendrick Carmouche in fourth.

Sugar Maple Farm bred Pat On the Back, a son of Congrats out of Accomplished by Awesome Again who sold for $70,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in August, 2015, and is trained by Kenny McPeek.

Why Pat On the Back went off at odds of 20-1 off a morning line of 10-1 is a legitimate question. In his prior two starts, he won the $120,000 Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes at 5-1 and finished in a dead-heat for second in the $147,000 Bongard Stakes at Belmont Park at 9-2.

Davis, who has ridden Pat On the Back in all of his five starts, got him away in good order from the seven post, but he was challenged on the inside by 7-1 Haul Anchor and Junior Alvarado. “He was sharp coming out and he pulled me right to the lead,” Davis said. “I didn’t want to take anything away from him.”

Pat On the Back led Haul Anchor by a head after a first quarter in :23.61, but Haul Anchor took the lead by a head after a half-mile in :47.45.

Despite the early pressure, Davis felt good about Pat On the Back’s position. “I found myself being very comfortable at the half-mile pole,” Davis said. “I just let his speed carry him.”

Pat On the Back put away Haul Anchor and opened a three-length cushion by running three-quarters in 1:13.72. Tellmeafookystory closed strongly, but Pat On the Back still had plenty left.

Pat On the Back is now three-for-five with one second and earnings of a tad over $300,000. Not bad for a 20-1 shot.

Brother O’Connell holds off Tapitation in Off-the-Turf Mohawk Stakes

Sat, 2016-10-22 17:41

By Bill Heller

Tenaciously holding on to a narrow lead the length of the stretch under John Velazquez, Donegal Racing’s four-year-old colt Brother O’Connell held off favored Tapitation and Manny Franco by a neck in the 38th running of the mile-and-a-sixteenth $200,000 Mohawk Stakes switched from turf to the sloppy main track on Showcase Day Saturday at Belmont Park. Brother O’Connell, who had finished out of the money in his only two dirt starts, was 9-2 and Tapitation the even money favorite in the field of five.

Macagone, who was 3-1 under Joel Rosario in his first start on dirt, finished third, 3 ½ lengths behind Tapitation. You needed a telescope to find 3-1 King Kreesa and Jose Ortiz in fourth.

Brother O’Connell, a son of Giant’s Causeway out of Shared the Dreams by Seeking the Gold, was bred by Sarah Leigh and sold for $125,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September, 2013. Christophe Clement trained Brother O’Connell through his 2015 season before he was switched to trainer Tom Morley’s barn.

New York Racing Association officials waited until early afternoon before deciding to switch both the Mohawk and the Ticonderoga off the turf to the sloppy track.

The Mohawk was supposed to have been the latest, and possibly the last match-up of three New York-bred turf millionaires, nine-year-old Lubash and seven-year-olds King Kreesa and Kharafa.

Collectively, they had won 13 of the last 15 major New York-bred turf stakes the past four years. The Mohawk was No. 16, but only King Kreesa, who was off the board in his only prior dirt start, made it to the starting gate after the surface switch.

Tapitaion was the only horse in the field of five who had ever won a race on dirt and he was made the solid favorite. He had a win and a second from two prior starts on wet tracks.

Brother O’Connell had finished seventh and fourth in two prior dirt races. “I had a feeling he could handle it,” Morley said.

Indeed he did under Velazquez, Brother O’Connell’s sixth different jockey in his eighth start this year. “Johnny gave him an absolute peach of a ride,” Morley said.

Brother O’Connell had to work past King Kreesa to take the lead after a first quarter in :24.03. Brother O’Connell led King Kreesa by a half-length after a half-mile in :48.15. He maintained that advantage through three-quarters in 1:13.68 before Tapitation, who had been alternating in third and fourth, split Brother O’Connell and King Kreesa.

Tapitation had all the momentum when he hooked up with Brother O’Connell, but Brother O’Connell refused to wild after a mile in 1:40.11. Tapitation kept trying, but he couldn’t get to Brother O’Connell, who won in 1:47.23.

“As soon as Tapitation came to him, I didn’t think he’d get by,” Morley said. “Johnny said to me, “I’m more tired than the horse because he can just keep on going.”

Velazquez was impressed with Brother O’Connell’s resolve. “When the other horse came to him, he started fighting so hard,” Velazquez said.
Brother O’Connell, who is four-for-11 on grass with one second and one third, increased his lifetime earnings to more than $290,000.

Morley said Brother O’Connell will ship to The Fair Grounds in New Orleans for the winter. “We’ll target state-bred stakes when we come back,” Morley said.

Bonita Bianca Makes It Two-for-Two in Maid of the Mist Romp

Sat, 2016-10-22 16:47

 

By Bill Heller

Confidently ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Michael Imperio’s unbeaten two-year-old filly Bonita Bianca upped her record to two-for-two with an impressive 5 ¼ length victory in the slop in the 20th running of the one-mile $250,000 Maid of the Mist Stakes on Showcase Day at Belmont Park Saturday. Sent off the 6-5 favorite from the outside post in the field of nine, Bonita Bianca won in 1:40.19 on the sloppy track.

“I just let her do her thing,” Ortiz said after the race. “She was a little green in her first start. Today, she’s showed that she has some talent. She’s going to get better going a little longer.”

Bonita Bianca’s new stable-mate Tainted Angel, who was 7-1 under Javier Castellano, held well for second, 11 ¾ lengths ahead of 6-1 Bree’s Got Heart and Angel Arroyo in third. Iron Mizz, the 7-2 second choice on the rail ridden by John Velazquez, finished fourth.

Dormellito Stud bred Bonita Bianca, a daughter of Curlin out of Friendly Michelle by Artax who sold for $97,000 in March and is trained by Rudy Rodriguez, who also trains Tainted Angel after claiming her for Lianna Stables for $40,000 Sept. 15th when she broke her maiden by 2 ¼ lengths at even money.

Bonita Bianca began her career Sept. 22nd at Belmont Park. Sent off at 10-1 under Ortiz, Bonita Bianca won from well off the pace by 2 ¼ lengths.
Ortiz got Bonita Bianca away in fourth on the outside as Tainted Angel had to fight off 6-1 Mo Promise and Jose Lezcano and Iron Mizz to make the front after a first quarter in :23.59. Tainted Angel took the field to a :47.96 half-mile as Ortiz sent Bonita Bianca up on the far outside into second.

Tainted Angel had a half-length lead on Bonita Bianca after three-quarters in 1:15.19, but Bonita Bianca maintained her momentum and took the lead. Then she drew away to win by herself. She has already made $186,000 in two starts.

“She’s been showing us that she could be a nice horse,” Rodriguez said. “We were worried a little bit about the slop. She’s got shins and it can be a little hard on them. She’s a nice, long filly. She’s still learning and she’s much more comfortable on a fast track.”

Debra Breed’s Breakin the Fever Upsets Weekend Hideaway in the Hudson

Sat, 2016-10-22 15:36

 

By Bill Heller

Breakin the Fever, a four-year-old gelding owned, trained and bred by Debra Breed, shipped in from Finger Lakes to keep his wet-track record perfect Saturday at Belmont Park. Taking it to the odds-on favorite Weekend Hideaway right out of the starting gate, Breakin the Fever inched away in deep stretch to win the 39th running of the $150,000 Hudson Stakes Saturday by a half-length. Sent off the 3-1 second choice under Finger Lakes jockey Nazario Alvarado, Breakin Fever won in 1:16.97 on the sloppy track.

“He has a lot of guts,” Breed said afterwards. “He puts himself out there.”

Weekend Hideaway, who had finished third in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational in his previous start, Oct. 1st, was the 2-5 favorite in the Hudson field of just four under Luis Saez. He had to settle for second, 7 ¾ lengths ahead of 4-1 Drama King, who was a distant third under Irad Ortiz Jr.

Breakin the Fever is a son of Roaring Fever out of Breakers West by Rodeo who had won one of two previous starts at Belmont Park. More recently, he’d been racing at Finger Lakes, where he won six straight races – the streak broken up only by a journey to Presque Isle Downs where he finished ninth at 12-1 in a $100,000 stakes June 16th. Breed freshened Breakin the Fever, who came back to win a handicap and a stakes at Finger Lakes, the latter by a neck as the 3-5 favorite.

On wet tracks, Breakin the Fever was four-for-four. “He loves the mud,” Breed said.

Weekend Hideaway and Breakin the Fever broke out of the two and three posts, respectively. Weekend Hideaway broke first, but Breakin the Fever stuck a head in front of Weekend Hideaway after a first quarter in :22.84.

Breakin the Fever then stretched his lead to a half-length after a half-mile in :46.36. Weekend Hideaway fought on bravely on the inside, but Breakin the Fever was absolutely resolute and maintained a half-length margin to the finish line.

Breakin the Fever improved his dirt record to 10-for-17 with two seconds and one third. He also has a third from three starts on synthetic and has total earnings of more than $440,000.

“He’s a good, game horse,” Breed said. “We’re blessed. He’ll run until he can’t run anymore.”

Quezon Romps in the Slop at 1-5 in the Iroquois to Begin Showcase Day

Sat, 2016-10-22 15:29

By Bill Heller

Confidently ridden by Javier Castellano, Marc Keller’s talented and ultra-consistent three-year-old filly Quezon, sent off the 1-5 favorite in the field of just five, overhauled front-running Court Dancer, who was 8-1 under Manny Franco, and cruised to a 5 ¼ length victory in the 38th running of the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes on a sloppy track at Belmont Park Saturday, the first of eight New York-bred stakes on Showcase Day.

In doing so, Quezon increased her lifetime earnings to more than a half-million dollars.

Wondermint, who was 8-1 under Joel Rosario, rallied to finish second, four lengths ahead of Court Dancer in third. Frosty Margarita, who was adding blinkers and went off the 5-1 second choice under Irad Ortiz Jr., was a distant fourth.

Apache Farm bred Quezon, a daughter of Tiz Wonderful out of Kalookian Dancer by Olympio who is trained by Bobby Ribaudo. Quezon had finished fourth or better in all her nine previous starts, including a strong second by three-quarters of a length to Paulassilverlining in the Grade 2 Gallant Broom Handicap Oct. 1st on a muddy track.

Dropping back to New York-bred stakes company was one reason Quezon became the overwhelming favorite in the Iroquois. Another was the scratch of Hot City Girl, who was the 6-5 morning line favorite. Quezon, who had split two recent meetings with Hot City Girl when she finished second in both the Dancin Renee Stakes and the Union Avenue Stakes, was 8-5 on the morning line.

Hot City Girl had finished fourth on a muddy track in her only try on a wet surface. Quezon was two-for-four with one second.

“When Linda (Rice, Hot City Girl’s trainer) scratched, it naturally made it much easier on us,” Ribaudo said.

Saturday’s foul weather prompted the New York Racing Association to delay post time for the Iroquois 15 minutes to let the worst of the rain work its way out, which it did.

Ivery Sister Racing’s five-year-old mare Court Dancer, who had been claimed for $40,000 at Saratoga when she won by 6 ¼ lengths three starts back, shot to the lead on the rail in the Iroquois. Leaving from the two post, Quezon settled in second on the outside.

Court Dancer led by a length after a first quarter in :22.72. She stretched her lead to 2 ½ lengths after running a half-mile in :45.74.

Castellano hadn’t asked Quezon yet, and when he did, she responded immediately. Quezon shot past Court Dancer in mid-stretch and won handily in 1:16.38.

“I had a perfect trip,” Castellano said. “She was much the best. She handled the slop well. It’s a big advantage when a horse likes the slop.”

Quezon improved her record to five-for-10 with three seconds and a pair of fourths and earnings topping $510,000.

“This is her last start for the season,” Ribaudo said. “We’re going to bring her back next year. Hopefully, she comes back alright. We’ll maybe try some bigger things next year if she’s as good as she is this year.”

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