Hit It Rich
, who a year ago won her first
graded stakes in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap, will attempt to conclude her
career with another victory in the race when she competes at Aqueduct Racetrack
The Long Island, worth
$150,000, is a 1 ½-mile turf race for fillies and mares.
Hit It Rich led the entire way to win the Grade 3 Glens
Falls by 1 ½ lengths on September 3 at Saratoga Race Course, then yielded to
seventh she stepped up in class for the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on
September 29 at Belmont
Buzz Tenney, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Shug
McGaughey, said Hit It Rich should find the class level of the Long Island more to her liking.
“She’s going to be up in the [Long
Island] maybe on the lead, going that far,” said Tenney. “She’ll
have control of the race, I think. We’ll see if she can get the trip. I think
she can; she did it last year. She worked a half on Monday [in 50.03 seconds],
which is her kind of work, and galloped out good. She’s honest, she tries, and
we’ll see what happens.”
Javier Castellano will ride Hit It Rich from post position 2.
The Stuart S. Janney, III homebred was installed as the 5-2 favorite on the
In June, Hit It Rich finished third in Belmont
Park’s Grade 2 New York, which was won
by Cheyenne Stables’ Mystical Star, the 3-1 morning-line second choice for the Long Island.
Since the New York,
Mystical Star has finished eighth in the Grade 1 Beverly D. in August at Arlington Park and second over Keeneland’s
artificial surface in the Grade 1 Spinster on October 7 after rallying four
wide and leading in the stretch.
“I just hope it doesn’t rain too much,” said Christophe
Loriuel, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement. “We’ll get some rain, but I
hope it dries out by Saturday because I think she’s a better filly when it’s
not too soft, but the filly has been doing great.”
Mystical Star will leave from post 5 with Ramon Dominguez
The Long Island will be the first North American start for
Aigue Marine, who enters the race off a triumph in a 1 ½-mile listed stakes
against males in August at Clairefontaine in France.
“She’s an improving 3-year-old filly,” said Christophe
Clement, whose brother, Nicolas, trains Aigue Marine for Haras du Mezeray and
Skymarc Farm. “The dam, Aiglonne, came to the states and I trained her. She was
a useful 1 ½-mile type horse.”
Irad Ortiz, Jr. will ride Aigue Marine, 6-1, from post 6 as
she faces older runners for the first time. After the race, she will join
Christophe Clement’s barn.
Kissable, who won the Waya in August at Saratoga
in her second North American start, will ship in from Toronto
in an attempt to pick up her first graded win in the Long
Island. Trained by Roger Attfield for Three Chimneys Racing and
Lordship Stud, Kissable was third in the Glens
Falls and fourth in Woodbine’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor on
“She’s done very well [since arriving in North
America] as we anticipated she would,” said Attfield. “She seems
to be getting better. She’s going to race next year, but the turf in Florida is probably a
bit too firm for her liking, so this is a good spot for her.”
John Velazquez, who like Attfield is a 2012 Hall of Fame
inductee, has the call aboard Kissable from post 4. Kissable is 4-1 on the
The field also includes Starformer, a graded stakes winner
who was fourth in the Spinster; Tannery, third in the Grade 1 Garden City and
eighth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup; The West Rim, claimed
for $16,000 in her most recent start; Senada, fourth in Keeneland’s Dowager,
and Clarinet, victorious in Woodbine’s Flaming Page. Centring was entered for
the main track only.