Boisterous made his return to New York a winning
one, closing resolutely through the stretch and going onto a one-length victory
over Desert Blanc in Saturday’s 36th running of the Grade 3,
$150,000 Fort Marcy at Belmont Park.
Sent off as the narrow 7-5 favorite in the field of six, the 5-year-old
son of Distorted Humor stayed in midpack behind fractions of 25.68 and 50.89
set by Upgrade over the yielding turf course. Moving up on the turn, Boisterous
hit his best stride once in the stretch and took the lead 110 yards from the
“I know my horse can run the last part, so I wanted to be patient,”
said winning jockey Alan Garcia. “I was waiting and waiting and waiting
and waiting, and turning for home I let him run and he did really well.”
Boisterous completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.89 as he added the Fort Marcy
to his 2011 stakes victories in the Grade 2 Red Smith at Aqueduct Racetrack and
the Grade 3 Knickerbocker at Belmont.
The Phipps Stable homebred made one start prior this year to the Fort Marcy,
finishing fourth in an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park
on March 18.
“We originally were disappointed in his last race because he
didn’t finish, but looking further at it, he made an early move and then
flattened out,” said Robbie Medina, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer
Shug McGaughey. “That type of turf course with the short stretch
doesn’t suit him; he prefers making that one run through the
Boisterous, who returned $4.60 for a $2 win bet, earned $90,000 to
extend his bankroll to $457,990. Overall, he is 7-0-1 from 16 starts.
Next up for Boisterous, said Medina,
will likely be the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan on Belmont
Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9. Last year, Boisterous finished third in the 1
¼-mile race in his first graded stakes appearance.
Completing the order of finish behind Desert Blanc were Top Surprize,
Boots Ahead, Upgrade, and Sal the Barber. Beau Choix, Gourmet Dinner, Silver
Medallion and Trickmeister were scratched.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese