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Rogue's Jewel Different Horse On Turf

Rogue’s Jewel, who suffered a nose defeat in Saratoga’s Yaddo at the hands of Gitchee Goomie, will try to earn her first victory in a turf stakes in next Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile John Hettinger for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

 

Winner of the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes as a sophomore, Rogue’s Jewel made her first start on turf on June 30 at Belmont, making a late run to grab second in a one-mile optional claimer. The 4-year-old daughter of Broken Vow ran twice on the grass in Saratoga, winning a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer on July 25 en route to her near miss in the August 19 Yaddo.  

 

“I thought she stepped up and ran well [in the Yaddo],” said Carlos Martin, who trains Rogue’s Jewel for Blue Devil Racing Stable. “She came out of it really well. I’m going to work her on Sunday and then hopefully get another shot at Gitchee Goomie. She’s tough.”

 

The consistent Gitchee Goomie has finished in the top three in her last 10 starts, but Martin is confident that his filly is hitting her best stride running on grass.

 

“We had worked her on the turf last year and we just never got a chance to run her on it,” said Martin. “She trained really, really well over it, she’s out of a Cure the Blues mare, and Broken Vows seem to run on anything. She had the pedigree for it, and when we were finally able to get her on it this year, she’s a different horse. On the dirt, you’d have to just scrub on her to keep her within 10 lengths of the field. On the turf, she just takes you. She’s really comfortable over it. It can be any distance, she just seems like she puts herself right in the game easily. She’s a better horse on the grass.”

 

Martin, who also had been considering John Caputo’s Centrina for the Hettinger, said he was likely to give that filly some more time following the Saratoga meet. The Wheelaway filly was fifth in the Yaddo and seventh in a one-mile starter handicap on August 26.

 

“She didn’t really handle that turf course and came back a little knocked out, so I’m going to give her some more time,” said Martin. “Probably another three or four weeks and just try to get the condition with her.” Read More

 

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