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Too Discreet up in final strides to win open Schenectady Stakes

Friday, August 21st, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Generazio homebred Too Discreet (Discreet Cat), a 2-year-old full-brother to multiple graded stakes-winning turf star Discreet Marq, is starting to make a name for himself in his own right.

The grey is a perfect two-for-two in his young career, and a stakes winner after getting up in the final jumps to win the $100,000 open Schenectady stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Mellon turf course at the Spa on Friday afternoon.

Too Discreet was partnered in the Schenectady with jockey Joel Rosario, aboard for the grey colt’s eye-catching maiden breaking turf score at Saratoga just 19 days earlier at the same distance. The original field of seven, five by post time as a results of early scratches when the turf course came up “good” after rain overnight, was reduced by one more when One Mean Man, acting up at the gate, was a late scratch.

After weathering the lengthy loading process, Too Discreet broke from the fence as the odds-on favorite and took part early in a four-horse scramble for the lead. First Montauk Cove was taken back, then Rosario, tight at the fence midway along the backstretch, took back also, letting Bruised Orange and Don’t Be So Salty go on with it.

Now 1 1/2 lengths behind the dueling leaders, Too Discreet tipped outside for the drive at the head of the stretch and made up some ground. He hit his best stride with a furlong to go, and in the final four jumps got up to win by neck. After early splits of 22.14 and 45.31, the grey stopped the clock after 5 1/2 furlongs at 1:04.3, followed across the line by Bruised Orange and Don’t Be So Salty noses apart and Montauk Cove four lengths back. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Adam Mooshian

NYRA/Adam Mooshian

Rosario said, “The ground was a little soft and he broke very, very sharp. It looked like the two horses in front really wanted the lead and I just had to take him back. I give him credit after that. It took him a little bit of time to get there, but he really got there.”

The rider continued, “I kept closing but I was not sure for a second because it took him a little time to really get to the two horses on the lead, but we got there. He’s a fighter. I wasn’t sure he was going to get there but he’s a good horse.”

Trainer Christophe Clement said, “It was a short field. We got lucky but the horse ran a really good race. I’ve got to talk to Joel [Rosario] to find out if he took him back by design or not, but anyway it worked, so, ‘Well done Joel.’ I don’t know if the wait to load the horses bothered him but if it did it probably bothered the other horses just as much so we were O.K. there.”

Clement also gave an assessment of the colt’s career path. “He’s a 2-year-old in his second start, so he’s still learning,” said Clement. “He’s a nice horse. He’s very well bred as a full brother to Discreet Marq and we’ll have to think now: Do we stretch him to a mile or do we just give him a break? I’m not sure. The important thing is next year in his career and I’ve got to speak to [breeders/owners] Mr. and Mrs. Generazio and we’ll go from there.”

Too Discreet, who has earned $103,800 from his two Saratoga victories, is out of the multiple stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed Marquetry mare To Marquet ($198,236), a Kentucky-bred Generazio homebred. Frank and Patricia Generazio Jr. also bred To Marquet’s dam, Florida-bred Pretty Momma, a multiple stakes winner.

To Marquet’s star offspring, multiple New York-bred champion Discreet Marq, is a winner of seven stakes races, led by the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. Campaigned for most of her career by the Generazios, the mare brought $2.4 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale when purchased by Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd. and remains in training with Clement at age five until a planned retirement next year.

To Marquet has five progeny winners in all, including Marquet Cat (Cat Thief), who earned nearly $400,000 from 61 starts, and Marquet Madness (Pico Central) who earned over $200,000. The 18-year-old mare currently has a yearling colt who is also full sibling to Discreet Marq and Too Discreet, and was bred this year to Gio Ponti


Breakin the Fever gives Breed first stakes victory

Friday, August 21st, 2015
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by Dave Mattice

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Breakin the Fever [Roaring Fever] was a convincing winner of the $50,000 Ontario County Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) on Friday. He took the 31st renewal of the dash for New York-bred 3-year-olds by seven and one-quarter lengths.

Trainer Debra Breed registered her first career stakes victory in the sixth race. Breed is also the breeder and owner of the bay gelding.

“He is a homebred that we loved from the very beginning,” said Breed. “We are excited he is doing so well”.

Breakin the Fever recorded the quickest six furlong time of any FLGR horse this season. His final time of 1:09.76 was also the second fastest in the history of the Ontario County Stakes.

The $217,321-earner notched his seventh victory in his fifteenth career start and paid $2.90, $2.10 and $2.40. Gypsum Johnny was a distant second and returned $3.30 and $2.90. Fallfire was third and paid $5.80.


Tricky Zippy scores first out for Jerkens in Union Avenue to make it three straight

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
NYRA/David Alcosser

NYRA/David Alcosser

by Sarah Mace

Apparently Newman Racing’s homebred Tricky Zippy is, in fact, quite tricky or, as trainer Jimmy Jerkens puts it, “quirky,” but that doesn’t seem to be preventing her from developing into a formidable force in the ranks of New York-bred female sprinters.

The City Zip sophomore took her stakes debut and third straight race at Saratoga on Thursday when she won the 6 1/2-furlong Union Avenue for New York-bred fillies and mares by a commanding margin after prompting a fast pace.

Trained for the first seven races of her career by Carlos Martin, Tricky Zippy, who broke her maiden at third asking at Aqueduct in April, came into the Union Avenue off back-to-back open-length wins in sprints at Belmont Park. Her most recent victory came on July 18 at the same distance as the Union Avenue under jockey John Velazquez over a track labeled “good” in 1:18 1/5 for which she earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 86.

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Having moved her tack to the Jerkens barn, but reunited Velazquez on Thursday, Tricky Zippy, who was bet down to 5-2 from her 6-1 morning line odds, hustled out of the gate from the outside post of ten and gained third, then second position to prompt freewheeling 24-1 longshot Irish Whisper who clocked a first quarter-mile in 21.82 and half in 44.87.

Advancing to nearly even terms with the pacesetter while rounding the far turn, Tricky Zippy took her on at the top of the lane and gained command at the three-sixteenth pole. She then drew off to a visually impressive 4 3/4-length victory.

Runner-up Willet, as usual, being ridden over to the paddock

Runner-up Willet, as usual, being ridden over to the paddock

Favored veteran Willet (3-2), who won the race in 2013, closed from well back to capture second, a half-length ahead of Miss Da Point, who closed from ninth to finish third.

Completing the order of finish were Sister Margaret, last year’s Union Avenue winner Uncle Southern, Court Dancer, Make the Moment, Atlantic’s Smile, Prairie Stone and pacesetter Irish Whisper. The final time for six and one-half furlongs was 1:15.78. [VIDEO]

John Velazquez reported, “She broke really well. I just let her do whatever she wanted, whatever she was happy to do. She was doing it pretty easily. It seemed like we were going fast on the tele-timer but it seemed like she was handling it very easily. I let her gallop along and run down the lane.”

Jimmy Jerkens opened with a little insight into the chestnut filly’s character. “She’s really quirky. You have to be careful around the barn she reacts to anything and you just have to have a lot of patience with her.”

Jerkens then switched gears to the filly’s talents and preparation. “[Previous trainer] Carlos [Martin] had her in terrific shape; all we had to do was keep her the same, so a lot of credit goes to him. She broke running, and I knew we were in business when she was laying that close without even asking her,” Jerkens said.

Jerkens added, “You know you’re always in business when they’re running like that. She’s a City Zip and they’re tough, hearty animals. They can be difficult to train and do things with but you get them in the gate and the gate opens and they’re tough. This the first one I’ve had. I wish I had more.”

Bred by Donald Newman and foaled at Fawnridge Farm in East Nassau, Tricky Zippy is out of Honky Tonk Trick, a winning New York-bred daughter of Phone Trick bred by Barbara Brewer and purchased as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale for 85,000.

Both of Honky Tonk Trick’s starters are winners and enjoying stakes success. Tricky Zippy’s half-brother Eye Luv Lulu by Pollard’s Vision placed last year in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes and Albany Stakes at Saratoga. Honky Tonk Trick has a yearling colt out of Broken Vow and was bred this year to Tale of the Cat.

Tricky Zippy has now won four of eight lifetime starts with one second and one third and earned $193,048.

 


Pricy juvenile Get Jets delivers flying finish in Saratoga debut

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Get Jets (Scat Daddy), for whom ownership group Team D paid a hefty $300,000 last April at the OBS spring two-year-olds in training sale, delivered an extremely impressive debut performance at Saratoga Racetrack on Wednesday, taking a six-furlong New York-bred special weight by 4-plus lengths following an explosive finish from off the pace.

Well-bet for his unveiling for trainer Tony Dutrow to final odds of 5-2, second choice in the field of seven, Get Jets got out of the gate from post position one in good order and settled in sixth early for the first quarter mile, as Love That Jazz led the way through a 22.46 fraction.

Picking up the pace around the far turn under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Get Jets advanced rapidly into second in the three path by the top of the lane as the half-mile was run in 45.90. The chestnut colt then made up ground hand-over-fist in upper stretch, gained the lead with less than a furlong to go, and kicked clear to a 4 1/2-length victory in a final time of 1:10.22 geared down. Love that Jazz finished second, followed across the line by Extinct Charm. [VIDEO]

Tony Dutrow said he was not surprised that that the colt ended up assuming a closer’s role. “I did [expect him to come from off the pace]. He breaks very well, he’s always broke very well, but he’s not fast away from there. I would have been surprised if he’d have shown any speed. I didn’t think we were going to see that.”

Dutrow added, “I was hesitant to run him three-quarters of a mile but he was training so good with a couple other colts that had run in open company very good here that I knew there wasn’t going to be much of a downside. So I ran him three-quarters of a mile but he wants further. He finished full of run. He’s got pedigree. That’s what he wants. He wants to go further.”

The conditioner added that he gave no instructions to his jockey. “Irad had been on him a couple times so he knew him, so I really didn’t have anything to tell Irad that he didn’t already know. So I didn’t say a thing.”

Bred by Pat Pavlish and foaled at Akindale Farm in Pawling, Get Jets fetched a gaudy $300,000 price tag at OBS April after a relatively slow furlong breeze in 11 seconds flat. Consigner Cary Frommer had purchased the colt for $162,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale in Saratoga. After the OBS transaction Frommer said, “When I saw him as a yearling, I just felt like he was the real deal. He just caught my imagination and I just loved him and I told the people that were with me as a group and they all agreed and they bought him.”

Although the breeze time concerned Frommer, she reported at the time, “The key was he got going midway through the breeze and people could see that on the tape and then he just kept going. He galloped out as good as any horse at the sale that day and a lot of the other days, too. He had a beautiful video and he kept going and he wouldn’t have blown out a match when he was done. He just walked home flat footed, nice and not even breathing heavy.”

The colt is the first winner for his dam Sunny, a winning daughter of Dixieland Band and a half-sister to multiple stakes Winner Wake Up Kiss and two other stakes performers. Wake Up Kiss is dam of $3.4 million dollar New York-bred earner and Grade 1 winner in Japan A Shin Forward. Also appearing in female family are Grade 1-winning millionaires Dare and Go and Go Deputy, and sire Quiet American.

 


Hot Stones rolls in the lane for Saratoga Dew tally

Monday, August 17th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Riding the tide of a commanding open allowance win at Belmont on June 24, graded stakes winner Hot Stones delivered an impressive performance at Saratoga on Monday afternoon when she scored a nine-plus length victory in the day’s featured $100,000 Saratoga Dew Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

Breaking alertly from the outermost post of nine, Hot Stones (5-2 second choice in the wagering) outsprinted most of her rivals to the inside and got good field position to negotiate the clubhouse turn in the two path in third.

Advancing into second along the back stretch, Hot Stones took on frontrunner Carameaway who clocked an opening quarter-mile in 47.33. Hot Stones stuck a neck in front mid-way along the run and the top pair then continued to vie three lengths in advance of the field.

Entering the far turn Hot Stones shook clear of Carameaway and opened up a two-length advantage while Smitten by Gold began to launch her bid as the field approached the quarter pole.

As it turned out, Hot Stones never had to face serious challenge. The 5-year-old bay mare was asked to turn on the jets and had plenty of run left. Ultimately, it was all Hot Stones in the stretch, as she opened up to win by 9 1/4 lengths. After a mile in 1:36.79, her final time for nine furlongs over the fast main track was 1:49.87.

Star Grazing closed from fourth to get a nose ahead of Flipcup, another closer, for the runner-up spot. Following that pair across the wire were Smitten by Gold, Saythreehailmary’s, Storied Lady, Tahoe Tigress, Jcs American Dream and early pacesetter Carameaway. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Winning jockey John Velazquez said, “She came out of there running, got in the position I wanted to be, and after that it was pretty easy. I just let her do her thing. I gave her a chance and let her do what she was comfortable with, and she went on. Very impressive.”

Bruce Levine, who trains Hot Stones for owners Roddy Valente, Charles Casale and Darlene Bilinski, reported, “She trained great. Her first two races this year [resulting in a pair of fourth-place finishes] she just wasn’t really fit. It just takes her a while to get in gear and then she starts training good, and then she runs good.”

Continued Levine, “She ran super [winning at Belmont Park on June 24 in her third start of the year] and she trained up to this one super. The only thought was maybe the outside post was tough, but she broke good.”

As to the future, Levine said, “She’s better than New York-breds. I don’t know what’s next. We’ve got New York-bred day [August 28] and I might even take a shot at the Beldame [$400,000 September 26 at Belmont]. It’s a Grade 1, I might take a shot.”

Hot Stones has compiled an impressive resume, winning eight of 17 career starts with three seconds and two thirds. She can now add the Saratoga Dew victory to the best race of her career, a winning effort in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap at Belmont last June. Her earnings bankroll has now surpassed the half-million dollar mark, and stands at $511,689

Bred by Jerry Bilinski in partnership with Roddy Valente, Hot Stones is the most accomplished of two winners out of Steamed Up, an unraced New York-bred daughter of Freud. Hot Stones’ sire Bustin Stones, an undefeated Grade 1 winning sprinter, stands at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham for $5,000.


Girolamo’s Pagan wins Saratoga grassy debut with style

Monday, August 17th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Pagan, a 2-year-old gelded son of freshman sire Girolamo, put athleticism and determination on display when he won a New York-bred maiden special weight turf sprint at first asking at Saratoga on Monday. Neglected by bettors at odds of 9-1, the bay came from off the pace and adapted ably to a changing situation around him in late stretch to score the victory by a neck.

Settling in midpack between horses after the break under Jockey Luis Saez, Pagan stalked early leaders Ordinaire, favorite Stormin Stephen and Championofthenile in the early stages through a quarter mile in 22.41.

Advancing into third with three lengths left to make up midway around the far turn, Pagan angled out into the four path and set his sights on Stormin Stephen, who took over the lead at the head of the stretch.

In midstretch Stormin Stephen ducked out, but Pagan didn’t miss a beat and altered course to the inside. He then drove with determination between horses and got up to win by a neck over his erratic but tenacious rival in a final time of 1:03.59. Ordinaire finished third 2 1/4 lengths back. [VIDEO]

Trained by Dominick Schettino for My Purple Haze Stables, Joemar Racing Stables & Trond Smedshammer, Pagan posted two final works at Saratoga after shipping up from Belmont training in late July.

Pagan was bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds & Lakland Farm and is one of three winners out of Mula Mula, a placed daughter of Gone West. His second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Follow the Money, by Pine Bluff. The gelding sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale last year for $40,000 to Trond Smedshammer. He earned $43,800 from the debut maiden special weight score.

Pagan’s sire Girolamo, Darley’s Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy, began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York. The young stallion currently stands at number five in the rankings of freshman sires with five winners.


Broman homebred Backwood Bay up just in time to win thrilling Spa unveiling

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Backwood Bay, a daughter of freshman sire Girolamo, motored home in the stretch and surged dramatically in the final seventy yards to win her debut, a six-furlong maiden special weight for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga on Saturday.

After the break, Backwood Bay (9-1) settled in mid-pack in sixth, as much as six lengths off the pace, as Here Comes Rosie (2-1) led the field through a sharp first quarter-mile in 22.73 and half in 46.29. After entering the turn three-wide, Backwood Bay first picked off two rivals and swung out five wide under Jose Ortiz to be set down for the drive.

With four lengths still to make up and three rivals to pass, the chestnut filly steadily gained momentum and found her best stride in the final seventy yards. She surged past three rivals, including new leader, 50-1 longshot Rock Garden (Bustin Stones), and got up in the shadow of the wire to win by a head. Following the top two across the line, three-quarters of a length and a half-length back, respectively, were favorite Super Surprise (Giant Surprise) and pacesetter Here Comes Rosie. The winner’s final time after six furlongs over the fast main track was 1:12.12. [VIDEO]

Linda Rice, who trains Backwood Bay for the Bromans, said she didn’t think the filly would get to the wire first with so much work left to do at the top of the stretch. “I knew she was coming and going to put in a nice run,” said Rice, “but I didn’t know if she was going to get there in time.”

As to race strategy, Rice said, “[Jockey] Jose [Ortiz] and I discussed it. I said, ‘Look, just get her underway and just don’t rush her.’ A lot of times in 2-year-old races they go like hell early and a horse will flatten out pretty good, and I just didn’t want to do that. I told him to relax on her, let her relax and make a run on the end of it.”

Owner/breeder Chester Broman, all smiles with his wife Mary in the winner’s circle, simply shook his head for a little while, and produced a short, sweet comment on the race: “It was unbelievable!”

Backwood Bay is the fourth winner out of Arradoul, a winning daughter of Dixieland Band purchased by Broman for $380,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. Arradoul is a half-sister to six winners led by multiple stakes winner and multiple graded performer Ender’s Sister and stakes winner and multiple graded performer Ender’s Shadow. The mare’s second dam is millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Fit For a Queen.

Arradoul’s second foal is an Elusive Quality filly, Permanent Vacation, who is black type placed in Venezuela. The mare currently has a yearling full sister to Backwood Bay, no foal this year and was bred to Quality Road in the spring.

Girolamo, Darley’s Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy, began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York. Backwood Bay is his fourth debut progeny winner.


Hard to Stay Notgo romps in Niagara

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
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SV Photography

by Dave Mattice

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Hard to Stay Notgo scored a convincing seven and three-quarter length victory in the 34th renewal of the $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (FLGR) on Friday. She completed the six furlong dash for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies in a final time of 1:11.26.

The James Jerkins-trainee was kept with the early pace by Angel Arroyo. She then took command of the event and drew away from her rivals.

The $210,400 earner owned by Chester and Mary Broman earned her second career stakes victory. She also took the $125,000 Franklin Square at Belmont Park by five and one-half lengths on February 1.

Hard to Stay Notgo registered her third victory in her seventh lifetime start and paid $3.90, $3.00 and $2.60. True Shot rallied to be second and returned $9.30 and $6.20. Congaroo finished third and paid $4.00.

 


Freudie Anne takes ’em wire-to-wire in NYSS Statue of Liberty

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

In a field chock-full of horses sired by Freud (six) and horses whose names involve various forms of “Ann” (three), it seems only fitting that the winner of Thursday’s Saratoga feature, the Statue of Liberty division of New York Stallion Series for New York-sired 3-year-old fillies, combined both features. Freudie Anne led the field from gate-to-wire for a mile the inner turf course to top an all-Freud superfecta.

Freudie Anne broke alertly under jockey Jose Ortiz, and immediately struck the front. Enjoying the inside path around the clubhouse turn, she led by two-plus lengths through a first quarter-mile in 23.19 and half in 47.12, pursued most immediately by Dreamboat Annie in second and Psychiatry in third.

Moving slightly off the rail in the far turn, Freudie Anne responded with energy when set down for the drive and opened up as much as three lengths in the stretch before crossing the finish line a 1 1/4-length winner. A hard-charging Loon River (Freud) closed well to get up for second, 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Psychiatry (Freud) who ran a solid third in her first try against winners and first race beyond seven furlongs. Amazing Anne (Freud), runner up against the boys in Monday’s Cab Calloway division of the series, ran fourth. The final time for one mile over the firm turf was 1:35.56. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Jockey Jose Ortiz, who won his third race of the day on Freudie Ann, was aboard for the filly’s three previous races, including a winning effort two back when she wired a second-level New York-bred allowance. He was also in the irons for her nine-plus-length frontrunning victory in the East View Stakes on the Aqueduct inner oval last December.

Ortiz said, “[Trainer] Eddie [Kenneally] brought her in at 100 percent, as he always does with all his horses. Plan A was to go to the lead; Plan B was to sit back. She broke well and it worked great. We went straight to the lead and got settled with pretty decent fractions and it was easy for her, she held on.”

Kenneally trains Freudie Anne for an ownership group which is headed by Marc Detampel and includes Fergus Galvin, Jayne Doi Johnson and Adrian Mansergh Wallace.

Kenneally said “This is what she likes to do, long on the grass. This is what she’s best at and it worked out today so well. She relaxed nicely on the front end, got a great ride from Jose. He rode her with a lot of confidence. He had plenty of horse turning for home. She’s good right now.” Freudie Anne is now a perfect three-for-three over the sod.

Kenneally added, “If she broke sharp, I figured she’d be on or close to the lead. Sure enough, she was. The horse on the inside [Psychiatry, No. 1] took back so he was allowed to dictate the pace. He didn’t get a whole lot of pressure. The first quarter was a little quick, but they backed off of her after that and they let her coast along on the lead. She had plenty left in reserve for the stretch. Good effort.”

Bred by Delaney Stable and foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, Freudie Anne was a steal both times she passed through the auction ring. A $14,000 weanling at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga, she was purchased by Jayne Johnson the following year for $9,000 at the Keeneland September sale. Now a multiple stakes winner, Freudie Anne sports a record of five wins from nine starts and has earned $248,540.

Freudie Anne’s dam is the unraced Lake Toccet (Toccet), a half-sister to turf stakes-placed Irish Princess. Both of her foals to start are winners. The mare has a 2-year-old filly by Frost Giant named Frostie Anne who has not started and a yearling colt by Giant Surprise.

Freudie Anne’s sire Freud, a perennial leading stallion in the state, stands for Sequel Stallions New York. His 2015 stud fee for 2015 was $10,000.


Ex Ex Ex takes NYSS Cab Calloway on the front end to stay perfect on turf

Monday, August 10th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Mark Valentine’s Ex Ex Ex (Read the Footnotes), winner of his only prior start on the grass two back in a maiden-breaking effort, led every step of the way Monday on his way to a Saratoga victory in the featured $100,000 Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Stakes series for New York-sired 3-year-olds at one mile on the inner turf.

Trained by Gary Contessa and piloted for the first time by Jose Lezcano, Ex Ex Ex went off as sixth choice in the field of seven at odds of 11-1. Out of the gate alertly, the chestnut colt wasted no time in showing his hand, striking the lead early and carving out fractions of 24.64 and 50.18.

Extending his lead to three lengths through the far turn and clocking three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.32, Ex Ex Ex kicked altogether free in the stretch. He crossed the finish line a half-length winner, after a hard-charging Amazing Anne (Freud), fourth early and second in the stretch, eroded the lead. Memories of Peter (Disco Rico), who broke his maiden in his prior start, finished third 3 1/4 lengths back and the top three were followed across the line by Payment Terms, Mark My Style, Secured Position and Possessed. The final time for the mile over firm turf was 1:36.95. [VIDEO]

Winning rider Jose Lezcano said, “I got a very good trip. He broke on the lead and was there the whole way. When I asked him at the quarter pole he was gone and won the race easy. He’s the kind of horse that needs the lead. He feels big on the lead.”

Gary Contessa said, “He’s a very fast horse. Anytime you have speed you’re dangerous, and his speed on the turf is very dangerous.”

NYRA/ Adam Mooshian

NYRA/ Adam Mooshian

Contessa also commented on the overall dynamics of the race, which included trouble for others in the field in the clubhouse turn. “When we went into the first turn and everyone behind him was checking and bolting and everything, I said, ‘Boy, this is a beautiful thing.’ The favorite [Payment Terms], obviously, had the most trouble. That really helps. That’s the advantage of having the speed horse. He’s a very fast horse and he used it to his advantage today.”

Contessa contrasted Ex Ex Ex’s abilities on turf compared to dirt. After breaking his maiden on the grass at 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park on May 20, in his next start he was well-beaten in the off-the-turf Spectacular Bid division of the NYSS series on June 21. “[Last time out] I decided to stay in it,” said Contessa. “It was a four-horse field and I thought, ‘He can’t be that bad on the dirt, can he?’ It turned out, he was, so now we’ll keep him on the grass. His speed is always going to be dangerous.”

[See also: NYRA analyst Richard Migliore’s post-race interview with trainer Gary Contessa]

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds in partnership with A. Lakin & son, Ex Ex Ex is by former New York sire Read the Footnotes out of the winning Honor Grades mare Stelluchella, who was most recently purchased by Becky Thomas for $11,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Stelluchella has produced six winners in all, led by her third foal Alfonsina (Grand Slam), a multiple graded-placed runner who earned over $120,000.

Ex Ex Ex’s record now stands at two wins and a second from seven career starts with $109,743 in earnings.