Steve Asmussen, who sent out Untapable to victory in the Grade 1 Mother
Goose on Saturday, won a second graded stakes over the weekend when
Street Story rallied to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride for
3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Belmont Park.
Photo: NYRA Photo/Joe Labozzetta
Story broke last in the field of seven under jockey Joel Rosario, and
settled behind a torrid pace set by Red Velvet of 21.48 seconds for the
opening quarter-mile and 44.39 for a half. The daughter of Street Cry
hugged the rail into the stretch, and once given her cue by Rosario,
unleashed a devastating rally to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
saw there was a lot of speed, and I was right," said Rosario. "In a
couple of races she had come from off the pace, and that was the reason
why I thought she'd have a good chance. I saw [Miss Behaviour] starting
to slow down, and [Street Story] kept fighting and fighting. Going past
the eighth pole, I thought I had a good chance to win the race."
Story, who won the Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park in her last start,
entered the Victory Ride off a layoff of two and a half months.
been [at Belmont] for about a month and a half," said Toby Sheets,
assistant to Asmussen. "We freshened her up and gave her three breezes
here. She's been doing really, really good; she likes it here,
by Whispering Oaks Farm, Street Story completed the 6 ½ furlongs in
1:17.08 and returned $22.20 on a $2 win wager. With the winner's share
of $90,000, the dark bay or brown filly enhanced her bankroll to
Behaviour, trained by Phil Schoenthal for Cal MacWilliam and Neil
Teitelbaum, ran valiantly to hold on for second after tracking the rapid
early pace. It was another 1 ½ lengths back to Milam in third, who
finished a nose in front of favored Red Velvet.
West Coast Chick, Isabelle, and Fat Kat completed the order of finish.