- Last Updated: 2:04 AM, July 1, 2012
- Posted: 12:34 AM, July 1, 2012
After a nightmare race in the May 26 Sheepshead Bay, when Mystical Star reared and broke through the gate at the start, then rallied from far back to finish third, trainer Christophe Clement’s 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper had a much more pleasant trip in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 New York at 1 ¼ miles over the inner turf.
Off at 9-2 under Jose Lezcano, Mystical Star rushed up down the backside in tandem with Hit It Rich, blew past 64-1 The Underling to take the lead, and dueled with Hit It Rich around the far turn. She took command at the top of the stretch, then dug in late to win by a length over 9-5 Aruna, who trailed the field early under a snug hold by Ramon Dominguez, rallied four wide turning for home but lacked the needed late punch.
The track was fast yesterday and the turf was firm.
SECOND RACE: Field of six maidens raced seven furlongs for a $70,000 purse. He Ain’t Bluffing — favored at 3-2 after setting the pace and finishing third at 6-5 in his Jan. 15 debut at Gulfstream — cruised to the front while in hand under Ramon Dominguez, while chased by 8-1 Datts Happy and 5-1 first-time starter Won Kool Kid. Turning for home, Rajiv Maragh gunned Won Kool Kid, trained by Michael Mareina, up the rail to burst through a hole, blast right by He Ain’t Bluffing and draw clear. Wild Target , favored at 6-5, loomed a threat rallying wide around the turn under Javier Castellano but flattened out to fifth.
THIRD RACE: In a field of 25G maiden claimers going a mile on the Widener course, 9-5 Succinct, Javier Castellano up, shook loose on the lead chased by 14-1 Nelson Avenue, Mike Luzzi up, who made his bid to duel with Succinct around the far turn. Succinct was still in front at the top of the stretch, but 9-1 Toy Cannon, beaten 24 lengths in the slop against New York-bred special weights in his debut last November for Bill Mott, came flying outside under Junior Alvarado to win going away. Le Grand Artiste, favored at 9-5, circled the field very wide around the far turn under Joel Rosario and flattened out.
FIFTH RACE: Finders Key, who closed some late ground to finish fifth at 48-1 in her May 25 debut for Tom Albertrani, was 14-1 going 6 ½ furlongs in field of nine maiden fillies racing for $70,000 purse. Gunned to the front by Rajiv Maragh, she quickly shook loose on the lead and maintained a daylight advantage all the way to deep stretch, when 8-5 favorite Glorious View, put to a drive by Junior Alvarado leaving the far turn, began to cut into that lead. Glorious View closed ground relentlessly through the final furlong, but fell a head short at the wire.
SIXTH RACE: Big City Boy, who “trailed throughout” in his lone start last October against New York-bred special weights, was 14-1 dropping in against 20G maiden claimers. After breaking slowly, he rushed up under Jose Lezcano down the backside to press the pace set by 9-1 Why Argue, Irad Ortiz Jr. up, and from there on it was a two-horse race. Big City Boy made his bid turning for home and blew right by Why Argue to win by a pole, while Why Argue continued on to be second. None of the other nine horses in the race was ever a threat, including 3-2 favorite Hidden Vow, who was eased.
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