J J's Lucky Train
caught Vengeful Wildcat to capture Saturday's Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct.
Smoke It Right briefly led after a quarter in :22.64 with Vengeful Wildcat taking over through a half in :46.17. The Ben Perkins Jr. trainee had a length advantage in the lane but J J's Lucky Train steadily gained to win by a neck.
“Down the backside I was in cardiac arrest with all
that trouble from the start", said winning conditioner William Anderson. "It looked like he was hanging a little in
midstretch, and I didn’t think we’d get there. We know he always tries. I think
at seven-eighths to a mile it’d take a heck of a horse to outrun him, and that’s
where we’ll probably stay with him.”
“On the backside, I was happy with where I was", said winning jockey Jose Ferrer. With
him, the more you grab, the more he goes. I was trying to give and take, keep
him relaxed and comfortable. I wanted to wait, and teach him how to rate to make
sure he finishes. Everyone has done a fantastic job with this horse.”
Justin Phillip crossed the line in 3rd with Buffum and Royal Currier in a dead-head for 4th. Harlan's Hello and Smoke It Right trailed.