In only his second start, Cairo Prince employed a strong turn of foot
on the far turn and held sway in the stretch to win the Grade 2,
$250,000 Nashua for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Photo: New York Daily News
Nashua was preceded on the card by the Grade 3, $250,000 Tempted, a
race for 2-year-old fillies won by odds-on favorite Stopchargingmaria.
Both races were contested at one mile.
Prince, coming off a 2 ¾-length debut win in a six-furlong race on
October 6 at Belmont Park, was away in fifth in the field of 12 and
launched a three-wide rally after Manhattan Johnnie, the 5-2 favorite,
ran the opening half-mile in 46.90 seconds.
gaining the lead with five-sixteenths to travel, Cairo Prince rapidly
opened up on his rivals and was in front by five lengths at the eighth
pole, with Financial Mogul running on late to reduce the winner's margin
to 2 ½ lengths at the finish. Noble Moon, who was bumped at the start
by Awesome Wildcat, finished an additional half-length behind in third.
keeps improving," said jockey Luis Saez, who also rode Cairo Prince in
his debut race. "Today, he was impressive. On the turn, he wanted to
run, so I let him, and he was flying. I had a lot of horse at the top of
the stretch and he just kept going."
Prince, the first black-type winner for freshman sire Pioneerof the
Nile, completed the distance in 1:37.59 and returned $10.60 for a $2 win
wager as the 4-1 second choice.
was a strong headwind down the backside," noted Arthur Magnuson,
assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "We thought he'd be
pretty close, but you worry at the five-sixteenths pole about how much
he has left after he's made a run into that wind. Of course, you're also
excited about the Remsen [Grade 2, $400,000, Aqueduct, November 30] and
Florida and next year in May."
Violette and Leah Gyarmati, the respective trainers of Financial Mogul
and Noble Moon, said their horses also will be considered for the
Remsen, which is expected to attract Grade 1 Foxwoods Champagne
runner-up Honor Code.
Prince, owned by Namcook Stables, Paul Braverman, Harvey A. Clarke, W.
Craig Robertson, III, earned $150,000 for his Nashua victory. His
bankroll now stands at $192,000.
the order of finish were Intense Holiday, Jose Sea View, Protonico,
Grand Arrival, Louisiana Flyboy, Master Lightning, Manhattan Johnnie,
Awesome Wildcat, and Tiznowforamerica.
the 4-5 favorite in the Tempted, delivered a creditable performance,
taking the lead on the far turn and drawing away under Javier
Castellano's hand ride in the stretch to prevail by 10 ¾ lengths.
under a tight hold as she vied for the early supremacy outside Divided
Attention and Potosi's Silver, Stopchargingmaria maintained a slight
lead through an opening quarter in 23.64 seconds and a half in 47.74
before she began to sneak away from her rivals. She needed only a few
flashes of the whip to pull clear as Divided Attention picked up the
pieces to finish second.
was a great performance," said Castellano. "I was just the pilot today.
She drew off so nice and made it look so easy. I used my own judgment
and put her in the game, and she was the best."
Stopchargingmaria paid $3.70 and ran one mile in 1:38.77.
her Tempted victory, Stopchargingmaria became the second horse to win a
graded stakes in her first start following the Grade 1 Frizette on
October 5. Stopchargingmaria was third in the Frizette, finishing ahead
of Ria Antonia, who won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies via
disqualification Saturday at Santa Anita. Like Stopchargingmaria in the
Tempted, Ria Antonia was ridden in the Breeders' Cup by Castellano.
to the Frizette, Stopchargingmaria had broken her maiden by 5 ½ lengths
in July and was second in the Grade 1 Spinaway. Both starts came at
Saratoga Race Course. She has earned $308,000 to date.
owner, Mike Repole, said the daughter of Tale of the Cat could return
to Aqueduct in four weeks to compete in the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle
on November 30.
haven't gotten a nice one like that for a while here, but I guess I'm
back at my home track, Aqueduct, and it seems I do better here than most
other places," said Repole. "I'll talk to Todd [Pletcher] about
bringing her back for the [Demoiselle]. She really did it so easy today.
She was much the best."
Derek's Girl finished third and was followed home by Stonetastic and Potosi's Silver.