five wide into the stretch, Joint Return roared from last to first to
take the $100,000 Busher on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, her third
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
off at 7-1, Joint Return settled in last, about seven lengths off the
pace, as Fierce Boots rolled through an opening quarter-mile in 24.58
seconds, with the half going in 50.28 and three-quarters in 1:15.90.
Roused on the turn by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, Joint Return moved up
in tandem with favored Ballylee as the field of seven 3-year-old fillies
straightened for home, grabbing the lead a furlong out and pulling
clear to win by 4 ¼ lengths over Vero Amore.
she was really on the muscle as I warmed her up," said Carmouche of
Joint Return, who completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.49. "We left there
and she put me in a good position. Being four and a half, five lengths
off of it is a good pace for her, and I thought from there they couldn't
victory was the first in a stakes for Joint Return, a late-running
daughter of Include who broke her maiden on November 19 at Parx Racing
and then came from 19 lengths back to take a first-level allowance there
on January 1. Trained by John Servis for Main Line Racing Stables,
Joint Return suffered her only loss when third in her debut on October 8
over a muddy Parx track.
The winner returned $16.80 for a $2 win bet and essentially doubled her earnings to $119,660.
third, a half-length behind Vero Amore, was Ketel Twist, with
pacesetter Fierce Boots fading to fourth. Favored Ballylee checked in
fifth, and was followed under the wire by My Jimmy Chew Girl and Fleet
was in a tight spot a couple of times throughout the race," said
trainer Tom Albertrani of the beaten favorite, who was making the second
start of her career. "She never really got a chance to do a whole lot
of running when I did think she needed to get herself going. It didn't