Newly Minted stays undefeated in Bouwerie

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Finding running room late, Beach Haven Thoroughbreds’ Newly Minted (Central Banker) cruised comfortably past pacesetter Cash Offer in the final sixteenth of the $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies to drive her record to a perfect three-for-three.

The Bouwerie kicked off the stakes portion of NYRA’s 11-race Memorial Day Big Apple Showcase card at Belmont Park, the first of three all-New York-bred cards on the NYRA circuit annually, featuring six stakes races worth $900,000 in purses.

When unveiled by trainer Linda Rice at Aqueduct on April 13, Newly Minted demolished a field of New York-bred maidens before wheeling back in just eight days to perform the same operation on the field of the New York Stallion Stakes Park Avenue. Winning her first two outings by a combined 13 1/4 lengths, Newly Minted meanwhile showcased her ability to handle two very different racing surfaces: a muddy, harrowed track in her debut and a sloppy sealed (sealed) surface against allowance foes.

The Bouwerie would test Newly Minted’s ability on a fast track for the first time in her young career while tacking on an extra half-panel in the seven-furlong contest.

Settling in third after the break, odds-on favorite Newly Minted saved ground at the fence while Reddam Racing’s Cash Offer set the pace, carving out early fractions of 23.19 and 46.58, a length ahead of 15-1 longshot Behind the Couch who traveled in the two-path.

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Navigating the turn comfortably as the running order of the first three remained unchanged, by midstretch Newly Minted appeared to be facing some trouble. Cash Offer was directly ahead of her, Behind the Couch directly to her outside, and running room was in short supply. She got her chance just past midstretch, when Behind the Couch began to fade, producing a welcome gap in the traffic.

Deftly switching out a path under Jose Lezcano, Newly Minted picked up her stride and passed her rival with apparent ease, going on to a 2 1/2-length victory in a final time of 1:22.07..

Behind the Couch hung on well for third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Cash Offer, who finished a nose ahead of Elegant Zip in fourth, Wadadli Prince and Espresso Shot completed the order of finish. Pat’s No Fool was scratched. [VIDEO]

Bred by Chester and Mary Broman, Newly Minted is the second foal out of the couple’s homebred two-time winner Newbie (Bernardini), both of whose offspring to start have won. She has a juvenile filly by Carpe Diem named Take the Chance, an unnamed yearling filly by Speightstown and was foaled a filly by Classic Empire on April 29.

Newly Minted, who has earned $212,850 from her three victories, was a $160,000 purchase for Beach Haven Thoroughbreds as a juvenile at the 2018 OBS March sale.

Newly Minted’s sire Central Banker, who sits at sixth in the national second crop rankings, stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs for a 2019 stud fee of $7,500.

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