After ending the Saratoga Race Course meeting on a high note, trainer Leah Gyarmati has carried her momentum to Belmont Park.
Gyarmati won with two of her 22 starters at Saratoga, both with 2-year-old filly Sweet Reason, who gave the trainer her first Grade 1 victory with an upset of the $300,000 Spinaway on September 1.
Gyarmati has matched her Saratoga win totals through the first six days
of Belmont's fall gathering, taking the meet opener with Smooth Bert on September 7, and Saturday's fifth race with promising juvenile colt Noble Moon.
$200,000 yearling purchase last fall, Noble Moon is a bay son of Malibu
Moon owned by Treadway Racing Stables, which also owns Sweet Reason.
Making his debut, Noble Moon went gate-to-wire from post 1, holding off
4-5 favorite Divine Energy to win by three-quarters of a length in
1:10.39 for six furlongs on the main track.
knew he could run, but kind of like [Sweet Reason], he's going to
probably want to go longer and the post position was probably not ideal
for getting a clean trip," Gyarmati said. "It worked out great. In the
mornings when he works, if you put him off in front of a horse or next
to a horse, he would work dynamite. None of the other 2-year-olds were
able to beat him. But, if he'd start out behind, he just wanted to play.
Alex [Solis] got on him one morning and he schooled him," she added.
"He made him get dirt in his face and made him get up with the horses,
but he wasn't happy about it. That's why I was thinking it was probably
not a good scenario being in the one-hole if he does kind of get left or
breaks short or breaks slow, especially with that many horses. It was a
12-horse field and they were all kind of playing around not wanting to
go in [the gate], and he was standing there so long. I was a little
worried about that but, shoot, he came right on out of there."
Gyarmati said she has no immediate plans on where to run Noble Moon next.
kind of a nice problem to have, to be able to sit down and think where
you're going to go next," she said. "I'm not sure yet."
Gyarmati is looking to bring Sweet Reason back in the Grade 1, $400,000
Frizette for 2-year-old fillies going a mile at Belmont on October 5.
The daughter of Street Sense broke her maiden at Saratoga on August 9.
long as she's doing well going into it, that's probably what we'll do,"
she said. "We were talking about Breeders' Cup, and I guess I'm just
thinking about all these four races kind of in a row. What's better; do
you wait and just run in the Breeders' Cup, or do you try to do all of
them? She'll tell me, when we get closer. She's doing great, really
well. Nothing bothers her. She just goes with the flow."
the possibilities for 3-year-old New York-bred ridgling Smooth Bert is
the $250,000 Empire Classic, the highlight of Empire Showcase Day
presented by The Fund on October 19.
ran huge. He got a big number, and that was great," said Gyarmati. "I
don't know what to do next with him. I don't see anything else for him. I
don't know if I want to run him against that caliber of older horses
right now, but I don't know that I have another choice. Everything's on
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New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that the Whitney
Viewing Stand at Saratoga Race Course will be open to the public during
the offseason on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-10 a.m. through the
conclusion of training on the Oklahoma training track later in the fall.
Guests can enter through Gate 15 on Union Avenue. Gate 21 on East Avenue/Potato Chip Lane is closed.