A pair of homebreds swept Saturday’s turf stakes at
Park, with Phipps Stable’s Boisterous
repeating in the Grade 3, $150,000 Knickerbocker and the Phillips Racing
Partnership’s La Cloche posting a breakthrough win in the Grade 3,
$150,000 Athenia for fillies and mares.
Seeking his fourth stakes win over the Belmont turf, Boisterous
bided his time along the inside in fourth through an opening half-mile
in 49.37 seconds, was shuffled
back to sixth through three quarters in 1:13.98, tipped outside nearing
the quarter pole, and readily kicked by his rivals when set down by
jockey Jose Lezcano en route to a two-length score over See Tobe.
“He broke very good and I got the position I wanted. In the
middle of the turn when everybody moved, I still had a hold,” said
Lezcano. “I didn’t get shuffled back;
I let them go. I didn’t want to move yet. When I swung out, he gave me
the kick I expected him to give me. He finished very good.”
Boisterous, the even money favorite, paid $4.10 for a $2 win wager and completed 1 1/8 miles over “good” turf in 1:50.26.
Last year at
Boisterous won the Three Coins Up overnight stakes and was third in the
Grade 1 Man o’ War prior to his Knickerbocker victory in the fall. The
son of Distorted Humor concluded his 2011
season, in which he was 4-0-1 in seven starts, with a win in the Grade 2
Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Now a 5-year-old, Boisterous won the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in May
at Belmont in his second start of 2012 and entered this year’s renewal
of the Knickerbocker off a third
in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap in June at Belmont, a
second in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap in July, and a ninth in the
Grade 1 Arlington Million on August 18.
“He runs good over this course. He’s been third in two Grade 1s
here, and this is four races he’s won over this course,” said Buzz
Tenney, assistant to winning Hall
of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “[Jose Lezcano] got him in a good
position early in the race, and I think that’s the key with him. I think
he likes to get in position early, be patient, and find a hole to
Boisterous is 8-1-2 in 20 total starts. The $90,000 winner’s share of the Knickerbocker purse lifted his earnings to $646,390.
Tune Me In was third, followed home by Stormy Lord, Bombaguia, Sky Blazer, and Barocci. Freud’s Honour was scratched.
In the Athenia, La Cloche picked up her second career stakes win and first in a graded event with a 1 ¼-length triumph.
Hailing from a top turf family, the Phillips Racing Partnership
representative bided her time in sixth, patiently waited under Junior
Alvarado to make her move, was
taken outside nearing the run into the stretch, and rallied between
horses to prevail over long shot Embarr.
“I just was waiting for my chance to move outside because she
never runs one step on the inside,” said Alvarado. “That was pretty much
what I was trying to work out
first. She was able to swing outside by the quarter pole, and after
that I won’t say it was really easy, but she took off. She really helped
me and gave me a nice kick at the end.”
Off at 9-2, La Cloche paid $11 and completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.15.
La Cloche is by Ghostzapper and out of Memories of Silver, who
won the 1996 Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and the 1997 Grade
1 Beverly D. for the Phillips
family and Toner. Memories of Silver is also the dam of Winter
Memories, who took the 2011 Grade 1 Garden City and this year’s Grade 1
Diana for the same connections.
“John [Phillips] will be thrilled about [the graded stakes
win],” said Toner. “That’s all we’ve heard, ‘Gotta get a graded stakes,
gotta get a graded stakes, gotta get
a graded stakes!’ Thank God, maybe she can get out of her sister’s
shadow for a change. We’re really happy for her.”
La Cloche, a 5-year-old, won
Belmont’s Voodoo Dancer overnight stakes
in July and entered Saturday’s race off a fifth in the restricted De La
Rose in August at Saratoga Race Course and a sixth in the Grade 3 Noble
Damsel on September 15 at
Belmont. Overall, she is 5-3-0 in 18 starts and has amassed $298,833.
Laughing was third, with favored
Ruthenia rounding out the superfecta.
Martita Sangrita, Law of The Range, Thundering Emilia, and The Underling
completed the order of finish.