Matthew Hand’s Deputy Daney shipped from Philadelphia Park
to Aqueduct Racetrack boasting an unblemished record, and left Monday afternoon
with his first stakes victory after taking the 26th running of the
$63,700 Jimmy Winkfield.
Always within striking distance, Deputy Daney raced inside
of odds-on favorite Citizen’s Arrest through an opening quarter of 22.64 before
taking the lead and opening up on the far turn.
Challenged by Red Bengal in the stretch, Deputy Daney
responded gamely and completed six furlongs in 1:11.83 over the good inner
“We were stuck in the one hole,” winning trainer Cathal
Lynch said. “We weren’t really sure what we were going to do. He’s
just a fast little horse.”
Ridden by Angel Arroyo, Deputy Daney has now won all three
of his career starts. The Jimmy Winkfield was the 3-year-old Officer colt’s
first race outside of Philadelphia
and first against stakes competition.
‘When he broke I felt like I had a lot of horse, so I tried
to save ground,” Arroyo said. “I saw the five horse [Citizen’s Arrest] go
to the lead, so I just relaxed and tried to save some horse for the end.”
Red Bengal, also making his stakes debut, finished 1¼
lengths behind in second. It was another 5¾ lengths to Mia’s Angel in
third. Citizen’s Arrest, sent off at 3-5, and Love Who completed the
order of finish.
Sent off as the 7-1 third choice in the field of five,
Deputy Daney paid $16 for a $2 win bet.