Naples Bay posted a 13-1 upset to earn the first stakes victory of
her career on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, edging away to take
the 22nd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Noble Damsel by 1 ½ lengths.
As Silver Screamer opened up three lengths on the field
through a quarter-mile in 23.41 and then widened her lead to five
through a half-mile in 46.18, Naples Bay settled in third behind her
stablemate, Federation. Three wide at the quarter pole, Naples Bay
accelerated swiftly through the lane to collar the pacesetter with a
sixteenth of a mile to go and draw clear under Jose Lezcano for the
She stopped the clock at 1:33.96 for a mile over
Belmont’s firm Widener turf course. Favored Dealbata got up in the
final strides for second, while Silver Screamer held third over
“They both [Naples Bay and Federation] trained very
well,” said winning trainer Christophe Clement. “I thought they had the
same chance. One finished fourth, the other one won, so there was not a
lot between the two of them. It’s nice, because it’s nice not to win
races with a 2-1 shot. It just shows that sometimes you’ve got to take a
shot. It’s wonderful.”
Naples Bay, a 4-year-old half-sister to multiple Grade 1
winner and prominent stallion Medaglia d’Oro by Giant’s Causeway, is
owned by Edward Cox, Jr. Clement credited Cox for the decision to run
in the Noble Damsel following a 4 ¼-length turf allowance win at
Monmouth Park on August 17.
“I thought she was very impressive in the allowance at
Monmouth, and I’ve got an owner who’s got a very strong character. More
often than not he’s right, and he told me to think about this race and
he was absolutely right,” Clement said. “It’s a big deal, because she’s
a half-sister to Medaglia d’Oro, so she’s very well-bred and she’s a
graded stakes winner. Mr. Cox has been in the game forever, and it’s a
wonderful win for him. He’s been very loyal to the stable. I’m
delighted. Let’s enjoy that [win] for a little bit, no plans.”
In the Noble Damsel, Naples Bay ran her record to 4-1-1
from 10 starts and earned $90,000 to increase her bankroll to $210,170.
Seventh choice in the field of nine fillies and mares, she returned
$28.00 for a $2 win bet.
Kya One, La Cloche, Embarr, Law of The Range and Julie’s Love completed the order of finish.