Mekong Melody took the shortest trip around
the track and kicked clear after finding room in the upper stretch to register an
impressive victory in the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap on Saturday at
Looking to rebound off a 10th-place finish in the Grade 1 E.
P. Taylor at Woodbine on October 16, Mekong Melody was angled over to the
inside by jockey Alex Solis and rated under firm hold in third through a half-mile
After falling back to fourth along the backstretch, Mekong Melody
continued to wait behind horses on the final turn, found a seam at the top of
the lane, and drew away under a drive to prevail by 3 ¾ widening lengths over runner-up
“I had a great trip,” said winning jockey Alex Solis.
“I saved all the ground and in the stretch, I got lucky. I got a little
opening there and when I asked her, she went through and finished very
Mekong Melody, the 7-2 third choice, returned $9.40 for a $2 win wager
to her backers in the crowd of 4,132 and completed the 1 ½-mile journey in
Owned by David Egan, Mekong Melody has now won four black-type events
in her career, including triumphs earlier this year at Woodbine in the Grade 2
Dance Smartly on June 18 and the Flaming Page on September 26. Her trainer, Toronto-based
Roger Attfield, has won four other stakes on the NYRA circuit in 2010: the
Grade 2 New York on June 19 with Lady Shakespeare, the Grade 2 Lake George on
July 28 with Perfect Shirl, the De La Rose on August 4 with Miss Keller, and
the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on October 2 with Ave.
Bred in Ireland
by her owner, Mekong Melody is 7-5-2 from 21 starts. Including the $90,000 winner’s
share of the Long Island purse, the 5-year-old daughter of Cape Cross
has earned $521,262 to date.
Tarrip edged Changing Skies, the 3-5 favorite, by a nose for third. Me
Love and Sweet and Flawless completed the order of finish.