America Leads Contentious Group for Turnback the Alarm

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October 28, 2015 12:02pm
America Affectionately 615 X 400
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An evenly matched group of fillies and mares has signed on for Friday's feature at Belmont Park, the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Also on tap for Breeders' Cup Friday at Belmont is the $100,000 Awad for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf, which is carded as Race 7, immediately preceding the Turnback the Alarm on the nine-race program.

Leading the charge in the contentious group for the Turnback the Alarm is America, who will get much needed class relief for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and owner and celebrity chef Bobby Flay. A 4-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, America has faced Grade 1 competition in four of her last five starts, with her best finish coming in the 1 ¼-mile Delaware Handicap in which she finished third. The bay filly blossomed over the winter at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning three straight races, but has not tasted victory since taking the Affectionately Stakes by a nose on New Year's Day at the Big A. She will be ridden by Chris DeCarlo from the outermost post 9, and is listed at 3-1 on the morning line.

Miller Racing's Call Pat will also get class relief on Friday. The 5-year-old mare by Lawyer Ron is exiting a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational onSeptember 26 at Belmont, where she faced Breeders' Cup Distaff hopefuls Wedding Toast and Curalina. Prior to the Beldame, the Brad Cox trainee closed with a rush to take the Grade 3 Groupie Doll by a half-length on August 8 at Ellis Park. She will have the services of Manny Franco from post 5, and sits at 4-1 on the morning line.

Installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, 3-year-old Delightful Joy will look to continue her upward trajectory as she enters the race off a score in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on August 22 at Monmouth Park. The chestnut filly is 3-for-5 in her young career for trainer Chad Brown and owners Sheep Pond Partners and Robert LaPenta, and will be ridden for the first time by Jose Ortiz from post 3.

The regally bred La Madrina will look to make a successful transition back to dirt racing for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and owner Emory Hamilton. The Tapit filly tried turf in her past two outings to no avail, but sports solid dirt form with six in-the-money finishes from seven tries on the surface.

Abel Castellano will take the call aboard La Madrina, 8-1 morning line, and the duo will depart from post 2.

Rounding out the field are Imposing Grace, third in the Summer Colony at Saratoga Race Course three starts ago; Holiday's Jewel, sixth in the Summer Colony last out; Joint Return, fourth in the Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park in her most recent outing; Stiffed, a multiple stakes winner trained by John Mazza; and Pangburn, seventh in the Grade 1 Cotillion in her latest start.

Leading trainer Chad Brown will be represented by a pair of turf specialist juveniles with Eidmilaad and Converge in the third renewal of the Awad. Eidmilaad, mildly favored in the main body of the race at morning line odds of 7-2, will cut back to a mile after fading to ninth in last month's Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Pilgrim. The Malibu Moon colt will be ridden by Aaron Gryder from post 8. Converge, installed at 6-1, will face winners for the first time after his successful unveiling against New York-breds, winning by 3 ½ lengths on September 19. Converge, by Sidney's Candy, will be have the services of Jose Ortiz from post 10.

Breaking from the rail will be Don't Be So Salty, at odds of 4-1, for the Gary Contessa barn. After finishing a close third in the Schenectady, the Tiz Wonderful gelding earned a field-high 87 Beyer Speed Figure over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle Downs. Most recently fourth in the Grade 3 Bourbon at Keeneland on October 4, Don't Be So Salty will be ridden by Taylor Rice.

Manny Franco will be aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Mountain Music Man. A $450,000 2-year-old-in-training purchase last spring, the New York-bred son of Bluegrass Cat will look to break into the stakes ranks following his maiden-breaking debut against state-breds in September. At 6-1, Mountain Music Man will leave from post 4.

Rounding out the field for the Awad are Pagan, Heated Verdict, Rappel, StrikeMidnight, Hotinthehamptons, Imperial Warrior and Monster Bea. Awesome Speed and Magna Light are entered for the main track only.

Source: NYRA Communications

 

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