her North American debut, Martin Schwartz's Alterite rallied behind
moderate fractions to catch favored leader Discreet Marq in deep stretch
and pull clear to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Garden City on Saturday at
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
privately following the final race of her juvenile season last fall in
France, where she was bred, Alterite came to the United States shortly
after finishing sixth in the Group 1 French Oaks on June 16.
in France by Jean-Claude Rouget, the 3-year-old daughter of Literato
(FR) had been working steadily for her American unveiling with trainer
Chad Brown, who captured last year's Garden City with Samitar.
think she ran terrific," said Brown. "She looks great. She came over to
me in real good shape from her previous trainer, and she just settled
in beautifully. Each week she's been here, she's adapted more. She's a
high-strung horse, and I thought she handled herself in the race very
well. She should improve from here."
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, Alterite settled in fourth behind a
relaxed pace set by Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq, who led the 11-horse
field through a quarter-mile in 25.35 seconds, a half in 50.78, and six
furlongs in 1:15.49.
Marq and jockey Garrett Gomez were still in front by a half-length
turning for home, with Velazquez moving Alterite out three wide to mount
a challenge. The two horses arrived at the eighth pole together before
Alterite surged ahead to hit the wire 1 ½ lengths in front.
ran the 1 1/8 miles on the firm inner turf course in 1:50.55, returning
$8 for a $2 win bet as the 3-1 second choice. Discreet Marq, favored at
5-2, held on for second, a nose in front of fast-closing Concise.
also trained by Brown, Summer of Fun, Precarious, Caroline Thomas,
Emollient, With Sugar On Top and Praia completed the order of finish.
had been training quite well; the thing I was concerned about was the
firm ground," Brown said. "We did get some rain, I was happy to see, a
couple of days ago, but with how windy it's been, and clear, I thought
it dried out too much. Based on what I read, and based on what I've
heard from her previous trainer, she prefers soft ground.
ran terrific today, but I've got to tell you, I don't think firm is her
preferred surface," he added. "If she can catch a little more give in
the ground, she's probably even more effective."
New York-bred daughter of Discreet Cat, Discreet Marq had her
three-race win streak snapped. She carried co-highweight of 122 pounds
in the Garden City, six more than Alterite.
ran a good race, but Mr. Brown's filly ran a better race; that's the
problem," said trainer Christophe Clement, who trains Discreet Marq for
owner Patricia Generazio. "My filly ran great. She was just second-best;
it happens. When I saw the fractions, I was very, very happy. She ran a
great race; we just got beat today. We had to give the winner quite a
bit of weight, but we'll be back."
victory was the fourth in 10 career starts for Alterite, who collected
$300,000 to push her lifetime bankroll to $508,797. She was third by a
neck in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac to close her 2012 season, and
this year was second by a nose in the Group 1 Saint Alary in May.
very happy," Schwartz said. "She got beat three inches in the Saint
Alary and was the only horse to run in all three legs of the French
triple crown for fillies. Mr. Brown has quite a way with the European
horses. She'll stay a mile and a quarter as she did in France. The sky's
the limit, as they say."