Aunt Babe beats the odds in Aqueduct's Fifth Avenue
December 16, 2017 10:18am
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Photo: NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Longshot Aunt Babe ran down the two favorites in Saturday’s $150,000 New York Stallion Series Fifth Avenue Stakes at Aqueduct for 2-year-old fillies, giving new trainer Jimmy Ferraro a victory after taking the horse over in November.

A homebred for Louis Ferrari, Aunt Babe went off at 39-1.

"We just took it easy on her," the trainer Ferraro said. "We thought she was over trained a little bit. We got the right spot. The race came up light.
There were over 300 fillies who were eligible for this race and only six of them showed up, so, it was a little surprising."
Pure Silver made an early move for third as Beaux Arts faded from the race. She used the rail to pass Miss Hot Stones in the final stretch, but Cancel had Aunt Babe winding up on the outside. It came down to a photo finish, with Aunt Babe nosing out Pure Silver. Miss Hot Stones was third.

"I just tried to give her a confident ride," Cancel said. "I didn't have to rush her to do anything. I put my hands down on her and I decided to make my move from the quarter pole. I knew I had horse at the end, so I just tried to go on the outside and get a little bit of an advantage. She kept on running and the trip worked out really well."

The six furlongs was finished in 1:12.92.

The Desert Party-Bella Silver filly picked up her second win in five starts, as well as her first stakes win.
"I trained the mother [Bella Silver] for a little while," said Ferraro, "she had a lot of class too. [Aunt Babe] stepped up today and did it. "I told Eric to just get a position and make one run and he saw the same thing too. So we were all on the same page. Eric did a lot of riding to get there, that's for sure."
Aunt Babe also gave Cancel his third win of the day.
"In the future, she'll continue to be a decent filly," Cancel added. "She'll keep on trying. It's tough in New York, there's a lot of good horses, but hopefully she'll get better and keep enjoying her victories."
By Christine Oser


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