The Elkstone Group LLC’s Ardmore Bay pushed past Follow the Rainbow and Bay Numbers late in the lane to capture the $60,000 Tyro Stakes by a length on Sunday at Monmouth Park before a crowd 11,308.
Trained by Thomas Morley, Ardmore Bay stopped the timer in 1:04.12 for the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf and paid $8.20, $4.20 and $3.20. Bay Numbers completed the $45.60 exacta and returned $4.60 and $3. It was a nose back to Follow the Rainbow, who paid $2.40 to show in the field of six, comprised of four colts, a gelding and one filly, Lightning Dove, who finished fifth as the 9-5 favorite.
“They were going really fast when we broke,” said winning rider Victor Lebron. “I just put my horse into cruise control and let him be two or three off of them. I saw how he ran at Belmont and it was an impressive race. Around the turn, I had him rolling. We were three or four wide, but I just didn’t want to stop him because of how fast he was coming and I knew I had a lot left.”
A colt by Bluegrass Cat from the Candy Ride mare Collar, Ardmore Bay is now a perfect two-for-two, having broke his maiden against fellow New York breds at Belmont on July 4. He has earned $72,000 for his connections.
Source: Monmouth Park