Ticker
  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 4 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 5 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 11 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 11 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 11 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 12 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 12 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 12 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 12 days ago

Nefertini Prevails in Go for Wand

Nefertini prevailed at 9-1 in the Grade 2, $200,000 Go for Wand Handicap on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, helping set up a $109,248 Pick 6 carryover into Saturday’s Heineken Holidayfest card, which includes the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap and three other graded stakes.

Seeking her first victory at the graded level, Nefertini was away in fourth but soon moved into second to press Fantasy of Flight, the odds-on pacesetter, through opening fractions of 23.99 and 46.92 seconds, then took command nearing the quarter pole.

Willet offered her challenge with three-sixteenths to travel, but Nefertini refused to yield during a lengthy stretch battle, holding on to win by a neck.

“I was very close to the speed,” said winning jockey Alan Garcia. “[Trainer Alan Goldberg] said to put her right in the game. [Willet] came to me, and [Nefertini] was fighting and didn’t want to get beat.”

The final time for one mile was 1:35.80. Nefertini paid $20 for a $2 win wager.

Nefertini, a 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, won the Monmouth Beach in May, then was fourth in Monmouth Park’s Grade 2 Molly Pitcher on July 29. Following a layoff, she returned to finish third in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap on October 27 at Belmont Park, her final start prior to the Go for Wand.

Trained by Goldberg for Robert E. Masterson, Nefertini is 5-2-1 in 10 career starts. The Go for Wand victory, worth $120,000, lifted her career earnings to $316,320.

Hard Life was third, followed home by R Gypsy Gold and Fantasy of Flight.


 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories