Street Story makes the grade in Victory Ride

Street Story makes the grade in Victory Ride
Photo: NYRA / Coglianese Photos
In what has been a very up and down career for 3-year old Street Story, the dark bay filly finally managed to keep her head on straight from one race to the next and string together consecutive victories. Last out, despite being her own worst enemy by acting up in the post parade and breaking slowly, the filly rolled late in the Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn at odds of 14-1. Today Street Story was on her best behavior and took advantage of a blistering pace to record her first graded victory in the G3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park.
At the break, Red Velvet rushed out to take the early lead, followed quickly by Fat Kat, Miss Behaviour and West Coast Chick. With those 3 hounding her, the Todd Pletcher trainee continued the quick pace, putting up the opening quarter in an eye-popping 21:48 and the half in 44:39. Thanks to the torrid pace, the front-running quartet separated themselves from the rest of the field by about 6 lengths, but such a grueling pace simply could not be sustained.
Miss Behaviour, who had sat close to the pace, took the first shot at the tiring Red Velvet, but after being so near to the punishing early speed, the third betting choice’s bid for the win fell short. While Miss Behaviour tried to keep pace throughout, Street Story, with Joel Rosario aboard, had been content to sit back and make one sustained run for the lead, which is exactly what she did.
Winning rider Joel Rosario was confident that there was enough speed in the race that would give his mount a tactical advantage, a belief that turned out to be exactly right. “I saw there was a lot of speed, and I was right,” he said. “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.”
Swinging to the outside from off the rail, Street Story stormed past Miss Behaviour to win by 1 ¾ lengths in a final time of 1:17.08 for the 6 ½ furlong event. Miss Behaviour stayed on for second, and Milam made a bold run from the back of the field to close for third. Red Velvet lost the show by a nose, and West Coast Chick, Isabelle and Fat Kat completed the order of finish.
Despite the 2 ½ month layoff since her last race, trainer Steven Asmussen had his charge fit and ready to fire her best. Toby Sheets, assistant to Asmussen stated, “She’s been [at Belmont] for about a month and a half. We freshened her up and gave her three breezes here. She’s been doing really, really good; she likes it here, obviously.”
Sent off at odds of 10-1, Street Story returned $22.20/$8.70/$4.20 as the winner. Miss Behaviour paid $5.00/$3.10, and a $2 show bet on Milam was worth $2.80. The $2 exacta returned $107.50, the $2 trifecta paid $354.00, and the $2 superfecta was worth $765.00.
By Street Cry and out of the Tale of the Cat mare Perfect Story, Street Story was purchased for $155,000 at the Keeneland 2012 September Yearling Sale by Whispering Oaks Farm and Carol Castille. Now boasting a record of 8: 4-1-0, the Asmussen trained filly has earned back her purchase price and then some, banking $251,210 in total purse earnings. Though the Victory Ride was her first graded stakes victory, Street Story entered the race with a pair of stakes to her credit, the Dixie Belle Stakes and the Instant Racing Stakes, both run at Oaklawn. No plans for the filly’s next race have yet been discussed. 

Meet Ashley Tamulonis

Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, which led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation covering racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues and, from time to time, offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry. A move North to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the From Coast to Coast blog for HRN. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband, Chris, and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.

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