came off the
rail and rallied through the final yards to post a three-quarter-length
victory over Bridgehampton in an upset of Saturday’s 11th
running of the Grade 3, $150,000
Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
Pressured through an
opening quarter-mile in 22.14 seconds by Bridgehampton, Baby J and
jockey Joel Rosario relinquished the lead to that rival as the half went
in 45.13. After running second along the inside
through most of the stretch,
angled the J Be K filly to the outside and she surged into the lead
with a rousing late kick that carried her under the wire in 1:10.84 for
“In my head, I thought maybe she would come back, and I kept her busy and rode her,” said
of the Paul Pompa, Jr. color bearer. “Today, after the horse came over a
little on me, I put her on the outside and she came back again. It was
Sent off at 10-1, Baby J
returned $23 for a $2 win bet as she picked up her second victory of
the year and first in a stakes. Overall, she is 3-1-2 from seven starts,
including a second-place finish to Kauai
Katie in last year’s Grade 2 Matron and a third behind So Many Ways and
Can’t Explain in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Pat Reynolds said the Grade 1, $500,000 Test on August 24 at
Saratoga would be under consideration for Baby J’s next start.
“She’s very game,” said
Reynolds of Baby J, who began 2013 by winning an optional claimer on
May 8 and next finished third facing older horses on June 14. “She’s a
free-running type of filly, and it worked out.
We’re going to kick around [the Test]. She’ll probably need a little
time off, but she’ll be tough on a speed track up there wherever we
elect to go with her.”
Bridgehampton, who was
making just the third start of her career, was 2 ¼ lengths ahead of
favored Fusaichiswonderful. Completing the order of finish were Teen
Pauline and I’m Mom’s Favorite. Kauai Katie, part
of an entry with Teen Pauline, Native One and Lighthouse
Bay were scratched.