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In-form Invading Humor fights back to gain Hettinger victory

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Invading Humor, a 4-year-old daughter of Invasor (Arg), made a memorable stakes debut in the $125,000 John Hettinger, contesting the pace from the bell and fighting to regain the lead after being headed in upper stretch to secure her fourth consecutive victory. The Hettinger is the filly and mare division of a pair of 1 1/8-mile turf contests for New York-breds co-featured on Belmont’s Sunday card.

Trained by Bruce Levine for Bloodline Racing Partnerships, Invading Humor cleared her second New York-bred allowance condition at Belmont in July going six furlongs on turf. Stretching out progressively in a pair of races three weeks apart in Saratoga, the dark bay filly took a one-mile conditioned state-bred allowance on August 4 and a 1 1/16 mile open allowance on August 23, racing on or near the lead both times.

Partnered with Rajiv Maragh for her stakes debut, 5-1 Invading Humor broke sharply from the outside post and entered the clubhouse turn three wide. She was able to move in one path after the battle for the lead narrowed down to her and 16-1 Princess Mara. The two contested the top spot for the length of the backstretch, tracked in third and fourth by 3-5 favorite Effie Trinket and Mah Jong Maddnes.

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NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Invading Humor edged clear exiting the far turn, but was headed in upper stretch by Effie Trinket and Mah Jong Maddnes who bid in tandem. Invading Humor fought back with determination at the rail, regained the lead and went on to win by one length while holding held off a late run from Broman homebred Strike Accord. The 40-1 longshot came barreling down the center of the track to get up for second over Effie Trinket. Completing the order of finish were Selenite, Dreaming of Cara, Frosty Bay, Stock Fund, Mah Jong Maddnes and Princess Mara. The final time for nine furlongs over the “good” inner turf course was 1:49.47.  [VIDEO]

Winning jockey Rajiv Maragh said, “I didn’t ask her until I got to the stretch. I thought I still had horse, but until you let them loose you never know. When I asked her to run, she just sprinted away. I hadn’t ridden her in a while, but I won on her going a mile. This was only a furlong more, and I thought she could handle it. Even through the wire, she kept on going.”

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

A delighted Bruce Levine said, “She’s really been a little bit of a surprise. She’s overachieved this year. She’s got a big heart and is as game as they come. I was a little nervous when the other two went outside them [Effie Trinket and Mah Jong Maddnes], but she’s a fighter. But when she dug in and they straightened out, I knew she had more.

A winner of six races, with one second and a third from twelve career starts and $303,700-earner, Invading Humor was bred by Dr. James Randall Mcglinn, breeder and General Manager, of Bloodlines Racing Partnerships, which primarily campaigns registered New York- and Pennsylvania-breds.

Foaled at Sickle Pond Farm in Stillwater, Invading Humor is the first foal out of Very Funny, a placed Kentucky-bred daughter of Distorted Humor purchased by Mcglinn at the 2009 Keeneland January sale for $16,000. A New York-bred full sister Distorted Beauty has a win and two seconds from three starts and has earned over $138,000. The mare currently has a yearling filly and weanling filly both by Freud.

Levine plans to bring Invading Humor back in the $150,000 Iroquois on Empire Showcase Day (October 18).


Lubash turns tables on King Kreesa in stirring Ashley T. Cole

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Aliyu Ben J Stables’ seven-year-old homebred Lubash (Freud), the elder statesman in the battle of the New York-bred turf Titans at Belmont Park on Sunday – aka the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole – avenged his head loss to King Kreesa at the Spa in the August 24 West Point by running down his rival in deep stretch to secure a narrow victory from off the pace.

The win was Lubash’s second Cole win, seventh stakes tally and eleventh career victory. With his $75,000 share of the purse he boosted his earnings yet nearer to the $1 million dollar threshold: $911,079.

Lubash, the 2-1 second choice, settled early in the back of the five-horse field and enjoyed a groundsaving trip four lengths off the pace while King Kreesa, the 7-5 favorite, flashed his customary speed, securing both the lead and rail before entering the clubhouse turn,

Unhurried along the backstretch while Kharafa pressed King Kreesa up front, Lubash started to gear up around the far turn and came off the rail.

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Angling out at the top of the stretch, Lubash turned all business, pinning his ears, making up ground and passing Kharafa in midstretch. He then set about eroding King Kreesa’s lead. The two raced briefly in tandem, before Lubash edged ahead to get the win by neck. The final time for 1 1/8 miles over the “good” Belmont inner turf course was 1:47.82. The game King Kreesa crossed the line 2 3/4 lengths clear of Kharafa in third. Completing the order of finish were Front and Notacatbutallama. [VIDEO]

Junior Alvarado, Lubash’s regular rider since his close runner-up finish to Kharafa in last year’s Ashley T. Cole, said, “He’s such a good horse. He might not win every time, but he always shows up. When I turned for home and saw it was [King Kreesa] ahead of me, I thought, ‘Oh, no, I have to catch that one?’ But he tried his best like always and came through.”

Trainer Christophe Clement added, with a nod to the quality of the competition, “He’s a sound horse and he tries very hard. Junior has a good relationship with the horse; he knows him inside out. This is fun. This is a very good group of New York-bred turf horses. King Kreesa and Kharafa are always tough.”

Astonishingly, Kharafa dipped into the claiming ranks to break his maiden, airing second out among statebreds for $35,000 at Aqueduct in late March 2010. After an allowance win in his turf debut at Belmont in May, he next visited the winner’s circle that summer after the NYSS Cab Calloway at Saratoga. Since then he has raced almost exclusively in stakes company, taking the open Fifth Marine next out and placing in three stakes at four, including a third in the lucrative President’s Cup at Parx.

After racing at three and four for James Ryerson, Lubash moved to the Clement Barn in 2012. In 20 starts for team Clement Lubash has won six races, including the West Point, Ashley T. Cole twice and Grade 3 Fort Marcy. He has been sharp this year, with a record of three wins and two seconds from five starts.

Foaled at Carapan Farm, Lubash is the most successful offspring of Nasty Cure, a stakes-placed daughter of Cure the Blues ($153,122), who has produced five multiple winners including stakes-placed New York-bred Netcong by Meadow Flight, who started 87 times and banked $327,924.


Delaware-loving Galiana romps in slop to take second Tax-Free Shopping Distaff

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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© 2014 Hoofprints, Inc.

by Sarah Mace

Owner/trainer Rodolfo Romero’s Galiana, a 4-year-old daughter of Stonesider (Saratoga Stud, LLC), once again proved her affinity for Delaware Park on Saturday afternoon – whether the going be fast, good or sloppy – by recording her second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Tax-Free Shopping Distaff by eight-plus lengths.

Galiana came into the Tax-Free Shopping Distaff with a record of five wins from six career starts at Delaware Park, including her debut maiden breaker over off going in her first start in June 2013. She went on to win last year’s Tax-Free Shopping Distaff and, in June and July of this year, the Dashing Beauty Stakes and Sweet and Sassy Stakes. Galiana could also boast four wins from six starts at the six furlong distance of Saturday’s contest and four of five tallies over Saturday’s off conditions. The filly was partnered for the first time with apprentice rider Michael Ritvo, who moved his tack from Gulfstream Park to the mid-Atlantic last week and recorded a victory on his first mount in Maryland on Friday afternoon.

Up close to the pace in third in the early stages of the race, Galiana took over the top spot entering the far turn. After a half mile in 46.09 and firmly in command, the filly just kept improving her position, opening up on the competition first by five lengths before going on to win by 8 1/2. She stopped the clock after six furlongs over the sloppy (sealed) going at 1:11.03.

Galiana, who improved her career record to nine wins, one second and two thirds from 19 starts and boosted her earnings to a robust $345,446, was bred by John T. Behrendt and Charles Marquis and foaled at Anne Morgan and Tim Little’s Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater. Galiana is the only North American winner to date out of Baby Jess, an unraced Argentinian-bred daughter of Interprete (ARG).


Lady Finger Stakes Dominated by Contessa

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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By Dave Mattice

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A field of 14 New York-bred 2-year-old fillies started from the gate in the $141,675 Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack on Saturday. The event concluded with a photo finish between stablemates from the the same barn. Dunn Listening caught Evrybdymstgetstonz at the wire to secure a successful exacta sweep for trainer Gary Contessa.

Evrybdymstgetstonz set the early pace of the expensive dash and led by a large margin in the late stages. Dunn Listening rallied in the stretch to catch her rival and earned the fourth race victory by a head. She was guided to the narrow triumph by Angel Arroyo in a six furlong time of 1:12.73.

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SV Photography

The $88,655 earner owned by John Moriana, Monty Foss and Steven Wrecker registered her first victory in her second career start and paid $17.40, $6.70 and $3.80. Evrybdymstgetstonz was a game second and returned $6.20 and $4.20. Irish Heroine finished third and paid $3.30. The Contessa exacta (13-7) paid $127.50 for a $2.00 wager.

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Tiz Time to Shine glows in Aspirant Stakes

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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SV Photography

By Dave Mattice

Tiz Time to Shine was a popular winner of the $127,063 Aspirant Stakes. The 1-4 post time favorite scored a three-quarter length victory in the six furlong sprint for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

The Chad Brown-trainee completed the seventh race in a time of 1:13.31 under jockey Jaime Rodriguez. The bay colt owned by Blue Bison Stable and Hoffman Thoroughbreds improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $90,838 and paid $2.70, $2.30 and $2.10. Summer Brother was second and returned $3.30 and $3.00. DeputyBustersone was third and paid $2.90.

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The Aspirant Stakes and the Lady Finger Stakes are held annually as preparation races for the New York Breeders’ Futurity. The Futurity is a six furlong sprint for New York-bred 2-year-olds with an estimated purse of $200,000. The rich event is one of three stakes scheduled to be run on Saturday, October 4. The $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial and the $50,000 Arctic Queen will also be part of the card.

Palace sensational in Forego, collects second straight Spa G1

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Not content with carrying off just one Grade 1 prize from the current Saratoga meet with his victory in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on August 2, Antonio Miuccio’s former claimer Palace doubled the glory on the final Saturday of racing, sitting off a hot pace in the $500,000 Forego Stakes before drawing off to a powerful open-length victory for trainer Linda Rice. The victory in one of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races guarantees the 5-year-old son of City Zip a place in the starting gate for Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Partnered again with regular rider Cornelio Velasquez and stretching out from the six-furlong Vanderbilt to seven panels, 4-1 second choice Palace sat off a the pace in third for the first half-mile, while longshot Zee Bros set taxing fractions of 22.48 and 45.23.

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

When Zee Bros came off the rail at the head of the stretch, Palace dove inside, rallied powerfully and took over with a furlong to go. He drew off to a dominant 3 1/2-length victory. Fellow New York-bred Big Business completed the exacta under Junior Alvarado for trainer David Jacobson and owner Gary Barber at odds of 20-1. Vyjack finished third. The final time for seven furlongs was an eye-catching 1:21.95. [VIDEO]

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez said, “I wanted to break good and stay in good position behind the speed. I had a lot of horse. When the opening came, I was in good position. I think my horse is the best sprinting horse now.”

Linda Rice addressed her decision to run Palace in the Forego at seven furlongs, possibly not his preferred distance, after considering waiting for the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on September 27.

“[Palace] is a really talented horse, and when he is good I need to use him,” Rice said. “On several occasions I’ve needed to stop on him, turn him out, and give him a break. When a horse is doing as well as he is, I don’t know how long I can keep him that good.”

Added Rice, “He’s such a special horse, and [owner Antonino] Miuccio has allowed me to stop on him, turn him out, and give him a break whenever he needs it, and it’s obviously paid off.”

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NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Rice claimed Palace from Bill Mott and WinStar Farm for $20,000 out of a maiden-breaking 11 3/4-length romp on October 6, 2012. Since then Palace has won nine races including six stakes. He followed up a win in the Chowder’s First Stakes for New York-bred sprinters in his stakes debut last August at Saratoga with a victory in the Hudson Handicap on Showcase day in the fall. Palace has also won the Grade 3 Fall Highweight, Grade 2 True North and G1 Vanderbilt, after which he became a millionaire.

Palace’s victory in the Grade 1 Forego runs up his record to 11 wins, five seconds and two thirds from 20 starts and boosts his earnings to $1,309,550.

Bred by The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 and foaled at Jeffrey Tucker’s Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, Palace was purchased by Doug Cauthen, agent for $160,000 at the 2011 OBS select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

He is one of three winning foals and two stakes performers from Receivership, a seven-time winner by End Sweep ($198,300) who brought $85,000 at the 2005 OBS Winter mixed sale and also produced stakes-placed Retriever (Golden Missile). A half-sister to Grade 2 winner French Park, Receivership currently has a 2-year-old by Badge of Silver named Wincoma, a yearling colt by Posse and weanling filly by Pomeroy. She has been bred to City Zip.


Startup Nation dominant winner of Grade 2 With Anticipation

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

On the heels of an eye-catching debut just three weeks ago, when he came from off the pace to win New York-bred maiden special weight at 1 1/16-mile on grass, Startup Nation absolutely dominated Thursday’s Grade 2, $200,000 With Anticipation at the same trip making a last-to-first move to win by open lengths.

A 2-year-old from the first crop of Temple City (Dynaformer), Startup Nation is trained by Chad Brown for Klaravich Stable and William H. Lawrence. He was reunited with his debut rider Joel Rosario for his Grade 2 bid and the pair went off, exiting post one, as the narrow second choice at 2.25-1.

For the first half-mile, Startup Nation was positioned last in the field of eight, seven lengths off the pace. The colt geared up rounding the far turn and, in upper stretch, simply blew past his rivals on his way to a 4 1/2-length victory. He followed across the line by fellow New York-bred International Star, runner up in the Rockville Center at Belmont on July 13, who closed from midpack to get the place.  The final time for 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf course was 1:41.63.

The race came under stewards’ scrutiny after Rosie Napravnik, rider of International Star, claimed interference against Rosario, but there was no change in the final order of finish. [VIDEO]

Summing up the ride and the grounds of the claim, Rosario said, “I thought I had a lot of horse; I ran by [International Star] and tried to give him some room on the inside. I thought [International Star] came out a little bit, too. [Startup Nation] is the kind of horse, when he gets started, he keeps on going. After I made the move, he took off and improved position from there.”

Chad Brown focused on the end result. “I’m very impressed. The horse had run similarly in his debut, very impressive, with a big, wide move running away. But running back in just three weeks and now against open company, nevertheless a stakes race, you need to move forward. For this horse to run back in three weeks and run the way he did, in 1:41 and change, he’s a real runner.”

When asked whether he had the Breeders’ Cup in his sights for the talented colt, Brown said, “I haven’t been following the entire country to see what’s out there for juveniles on the turf; I’m sure some haven’t even run yet. But from what’s run already, I’d say these two horses that ran the last two days here are as good as I’ve seen out there. Time will tell, but I wouldn’t trade with anybody.”

Bred by Spendthrift Farm, who stands Temple City, Startup Nation is the second winner from two starters from his dam Pennyrile, a black type-placed Kentucky-bred daughter of Wagon Limit who is a half-sister to 2-year-old stakes-winning dirt router Dirty Rotten Shame. Startup Nation was purchased by Nick de Meric at Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $95,000. For his two victories he has earned $163,800.

Pennyrile currently has a yearling filly and weanling colt both by Spendthrift’s New York-based sire Dublin.


Offering Plan last-to-first winner on debut

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Offering Plan, a 2-year-old first-time starter by Spring At Last, rallied five wide from last to first in the stretch to notch an impressive victory going 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf course at Saratoga on Thursday.

Trained by Chad Brown for Michael Dubb, Nantucket Thoroughbred Partners, Bethlehem Stables LLC et al. Offering Plan ended up at the tail of the field after exiting from post five under Jose Lezcano, but also managed to tuck inside for a groundsaving trip around the first turn.

As Offering Plan continued to bring up the rear, Cosmo Storm and Foxhall Drive hooked up on the front end and led the field through fractions of 23.14, 47.85 and 1:13.49. Although he advanced a couple spots on the backstretch at the rail, the dark bay once again dropped back to last before entering the far turn.

Swinging out widest of all at the top of the lane, Offering Plan began his rally five or more paths out and when asked for run in earnest shot past his rivals to secure the victory by 1 1/2 furlongs. Fellow Brown-trainee and firster Kerjillion finished second, followed across the wire in third by Foxhall Drive. The final time for 8 1/2 furlongs was 1:42.37. [VIDEO]

A May foal bred by C. W. Swann and Cygnet Farm and foaled at Akindale Farm in Pawling, Offering Plan is the first starter and only foal to date produced by Rosalie Road, an unraced daughter of Street Cry (IRE) who is a half-sister to Grade 2 dirt sprint winner Adore the Gold. Rosalie Road was bred to Jimmy Creed this year.

Offering Plan changed hands twice at public auction, purchased as a yearling by Summer Mayberry at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale for $32,000 and bringing $135,000 at this year’s OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training after working one furlong in 10.2 seconds.

 


So Lonesome rolls to Albany victory at 9-1

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Bill Heller

Barry Schwartz’s home-bred gelding Captain Serious, who had finished in second by three-quarters of a length to Kid Cruz in the Grade III Dwyer Stakes and a troubled third in the Grade II Amsterdam Stakes, figured to be the favorite in a field eight contesting the 37th running of the mile-and-an-eighth $250,000 Albany Stakes for three-year-old New York-breds, the feature race of Sunday’s Showcase Day. Captain Serious had blazing early speed and it appeared he could dictate the pace in the Albany. Accordingly, he went off the 9-5 favorite.

Apparently, the connections of one of his opponents in the Albany, Patricia Schuler’s gelding So Lonesome, never got the memo. So Lonesome, who is trained by Tom Bush, began his career with three dirt starts last year, winning his debut at Saratoga by a length and three-quarters at 2-1, then finishing second at 6-5 in an allowance race, and third in the $150,000 B.F. Bongard Stakes at 5-1.

He hadn’t raced on dirt since. He concluded his successful two-year-old campaign by winning his turf debut in the $100,000 Virgo Libra Stakes by a head at 6-1.

As a three-year-old, So Lonesome ran ninth in the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes. That’s when Bush decided to add blinkers. Regardless, in an obviously tough assignment, he finished seventh of 14 in the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes on the synthetic track at Keeneland after breaking slowly.

So Lonesome returned to grass, winning a state-bred allowance/optional claimer, then finishing third in the $100,000 Manila Stakes and sixth in the Grade II Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga in his last start before the Albany.

With Jose Lezcano aboard for the second straight time, So Lonesome went off at 9-1, breaking directly outside Captain Serious and jockey Jose Ortiz in post seven.

Captain Serious broke on the lead, but the lead didn’t last long as Lezcano absolutely gunned So Lonesome to the front, which he obtained quickly in a :23.04 opening quarter. Jose Ortiz settled Captain Serious in second, a length behind the front-runner while well clear of the others.

“Last time, I took too much of a hold on him,” Lezcano said. “He doesn’t want to run that way. He wants to run free. I let him run today, and he never stopped.”

Lezcano let So Lonesome roll to a three-length lead on Captain Serious after a half-mile in :47.13. Heading to the three-quarters, So Lonesome extended his margin to four lengths. But after So Lonesome completed three-quarters in 1:11.61, Captain Serious closed in.

Around the far turn and into the top of the stretch, Captain Serious got within three-quarters of a length of So Lonesome. Lezcano then let So Lonesome loose and he quickly opened his margin again, coasting home a four-length winner in 1:50.17. Effinex, sent off at 5-1, edged 23-1 Eye Luv Lulu by a head for second, and Captain Serious was fourth. [VIDEO]

So Lonesome is a son of Awesome Again out of Dash for Money by General Meeting who was bred by Waterville Lake Stables. He is now two-for-four on dirt with one second and one third, and two-for-five on grass with a third. He has earned more than $330,000 in 10 lifetime starts.

“The turf, I think, helped get the horse built up a bit,” Bush said. “He was always a lightly-built colt and he just needed a lot of time. He moves much better now on the dirt than he did when he was a young horse. I think he’s turned the corner.”


Star Grazing chalks up another one for Bromans, Jerkens in Fleet Indian

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Bill Heller

Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred, three-year-old filly Star Grazing hadn’t had any of the success of another Broman three-year-old home-bred filly Artemis Agrotera, who won the Grade I Frizette as a two-year-old last year and on Saturday captured the Grade I Ballerina against older fillies and mares.

In fact, Artemis Agrotera and Star Grazing made their two-year-old debuts in the same race at Saratoga last Aug. 16. Artemis Agrotera won by 11 3/4 lengths over Star Grazing, who finished a distant second. While Artemis Agrotera went on to glory, Star Grazing struggled a bit last year. She finished fourth in another maiden race on turf at Belmont Park. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens returned Star Grazing to dirt and added blinkers while asking her to take a huge step up in her third career start, the $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont Oct. 19. Star Grazing finished fourth in the field of six.

Jerkens gave Star Grazing a nice rest for her three-year-old debut in a maiden race at Belmont Park July 4. She won by a length and a quarter. On Aug. 7, she made her next start in an allowance race at Saratoga and won by three-quarters of a length at 1-2.

Jerkens, whom you might have heard finished 1-2 in Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers Stakes, decided to take a shot in Sunday’s first running of the mile-and-an-eighth $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes for three-year-old New York-bred fillies.

Rajiv Maragh had ridden Star Grazing in her last three starts, but he opted to ride Flipcup, who would go off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven contesting the Fleet Indian. Star Grazing went off the 4-1 second choice with Angel Arroyo aboard.

Alwaysinstilettos, a 14-1 shot on the rail, dictated the early pace, prompted by 6-1 Lucky Nancy E. Flipcup was well placed on the rail in third with 18-1 Canal Six alongside in fourth. Star Grazing was sixth as Alwaysinstilettos set a soft pace: a quarter in :24.50, a half-mile in :50.00 and three-quarters in 1:15.62.

Around the far turn and into the stretch, Flipcup was presented a gift. Alwaysinstilettos began to bear out as she tired and Flipcup had an opening wide enough for a tank on the inside. Maragh sent her through, and she struck the lead in mid-stretch. Arroyo, however, had Star Grazing rallying boldly and she kept coming. Flipcup tried to hold on, but couldn’t. Star Grazing won by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.40. Canal Six finished third, four lengths behind Flipcup, and 5-1 Storied Lady was fourth. [VIDEO]

Star Grazing is a daughter of Sky Mesa out of Unbridled Star by Unbridled. She now has three victories and a second in six career starts with earnings of more than a quarter million dollars.

“She had a nice prep a couple weeks ago, and having a race over this track means a lot,” Jerkens said.