Eros’s Girl runs on late to win Niagara Stakes

Monday, July 4th, 2022

Eros’s Girl runs down No Chalk late to win Monday’s Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Eros’s Girl continued to show her affinity for Finger Lakes and landed her first stakes with a sustained winning rally in Monday’s $49,000 Niagara Stakes.

The 3-year-old daughter of Boys At Tosconova won the 6-furlong Niagara for owner-breeder-trainer M. Anthony Ferraro in her third stakes try and improved to 3-for-4 at Finger Lakes with her half-length victory over No Chalk. Sent off the 7-2 third choice in the field of six New York-bred sophomore fillies in the Independence Day feature in Farmington, Eros’s Girl won in 1:13.42 under Kevin Navarro.

Eros’s Girl added the Niagara to her 2 1/2-length victory in an open-company allowance at the same distance June 6 at Finger Lakes. She also broke her maiden in her debut by 5 lengths last September.

Navarro allowed Eros’s Girl to race toward the back of the field in her June 6 allowance score and again in the Niagara. No Chalk, Amore Fire and 4-5 favorite Sandy’s Garden scrimmaged for the early lead with the latter holding the advantage through the opening quarter in :22.52.

Amore Fire backed out of the battle for the lead first and No Chalk took over on the turn and was x in front past the half-mile split in :46.38. No Chalk and jockey Oscar Gomez cut the corner and opened up in to the lane, just as Eros’s Girl and Navarro started rolling.

No Chalk still led by 4 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole and past 5 furlongs in :59.46, but Eros’s Girl continued to cut into the lead. Eros’s Girl reduced her 2-length deficit at the sixteenth pole and grabbed the lead four strides from the finish to win going away. No Chalk held second, 6 3/4 lengths ahead of Curly Girl wth Sandy’s Garden fourth. Amore Fire and Betty Rubble completed the field.

Eros’s Girl is the first foal out of the stakes-placed New York-bred Freud mare Aspree.

Purchased by Ferraro for $7,500 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, Aspree went 6-1-4 in 27 starts and earned $82,944 for Ferraro. She finished third as a 2-year-old in the Shesastonecoldfox Stakes at Finger Lakes and third there in the Niagara Stakes as a 3-year-old.

Eros’s Girl made her stakes debut in last fall’s Sheasastonecoldfox, finishing a non-threatening sixth. She wintered at Tampa Bay Downs and finished second in an allowance-optional, seventh in the Gasparilla Stakes and fourth in another allowance-optional. She returned from a four-month freshening to win her 6-furlong allowance June 6. Eros’s Girl boosted her earnings to $72,050 with her Niagara victory.

Aspree was bred to Big Brown last year and is also the dam of a New York-bred yearling colt by the late A.P. Indy stallion and multiple graded-stakes placed Stephanoatsee.

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