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Eightyfiveinafifty Dominates Bay Shore

Outfitted with a blinker to keep him on a straight path, Eightyfiveinafifty once again looked like one of the fastest 3-year-olds in the country, scoring a dominating victory Saturday in the 50th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore at Aqueduct Racetrack.


Ridden by New York’s leading jockey, Ramon Dominguez, the 4/5 favorite went right to the lead from his inside post in the field of six. With California invader Hurricane Ike stalking on the outside, Eightyfiveinafifty rushed through a half-mile in 45.01 seconds and then drew away in the stretch under mild urging.


The winner, owned by Lerner, Moirano, Team Stallion Racing Corp., completed the seven furlong race for 3-year-olds in 1:21.89. He paid $3.20 to win. Hurricane Ike finished second, 2½ lengths back followed by Remand in third.


Eightyfiveinafifty, a bay son of Forest Camp, broke his maiden in his second start on the Aqueduct inner dirt course by 17¼ lengths on January 9. The performance earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105, second among 3-year-olds this year to Eskendereya’s 106 in the Fountain of Youth.


In his next start, however, the colt bolted toward the outer rail and failed to complete the course in the Whirlaway on February 6. Trainer Gary Contessa worked with Eightyfiveinafifty and added a one-cup blinker outside his right eye for the Bay Shore, and the colt rewarded him with a strong effort.


“He’s a big horse with a big stride,” Dominguez said. “It didn’t feel as if he was going in 1:08 (through six furlongs), but that’s the way it is with the good ones.”


Owner Harold Lerner, head of the large partnership that filled the winner’s circle after the race, said the Derby Trial on April 24 at Churchill Downs would be the next stop for Eightyfiveinafifty. Contessa confirmed that.


“I think today, we’re going to the Derby Trial, and he’d have to punch his own ticket to the Kentucky Derby,” Contessa said by telephone.


“One thing at a time,” Lerner said. “We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”


Contessa said he was relieved after the race.


“You know what I was thinking? I’m happy he didn’t turn left,” Contessa said. “He sees way too much, and he thinks way too much. It’s kind of like driving a Porsche with a brain.”




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Nice to see Eightyfiveinafifty rebound from Whirlaway fiasco with an easy win in the Bay Shore. Connections are talking Derby Trial next.

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