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Breeders' Cup 2017

Noble Moon Continues Strong Run for Gyarmati

Belmont Park

After ending the Saratoga Race Course meeting on a high note, trainer Leah Gyarmati has carried her momentum to Belmont Park.


Gyarmati won with two of her 22 starters at Saratoga, both with 2-year-old filly Sweet Reason, who gave the trainer her first Grade 1 victory with an upset of the $300,000 Spinaway on September 1.


Already, Gyarmati has matched her Saratoga win totals through the first six days of Belmont's fall gathering, taking the meet opener with Smooth Bert on September 7, and Saturday's fifth race with promising juvenile colt Noble Moon.


A $200,000 yearling purchase last fall, Noble Moon is a bay son of Malibu Moon owned by Treadway Racing Stables, which also owns Sweet Reason. Making his debut, Noble Moon went gate-to-wire from post 1, holding off 4-5 favorite Divine Energy to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:10.39 for six furlongs on the main track.


"I knew he could run, but kind of like [Sweet Reason], he's going to probably want to go longer and the post position was probably not ideal for getting a clean trip," Gyarmati said. "It worked out great. In the mornings when he works, if you put him off in front of a horse or next to a horse, he would work dynamite. None of the other 2-year-olds were able to beat him. But, if he'd start out behind, he just wanted to play.


"[Jockey] Alex [Solis] got on him one morning and he schooled him," she added. "He made him get dirt in his face and made him get up with the horses, but he wasn't happy about it. That's why I was thinking it was probably not a good scenario being in the one-hole if he does kind of get left or breaks short or breaks slow, especially with that many horses. It was a 12-horse field and they were all kind of playing around not wanting to go in [the gate], and he was standing there so long. I was a little worried about that but, shoot, he came right on out of there."


Gyarmati said she has no immediate plans on where to run Noble Moon next.


"It's kind of a nice problem to have, to be able to sit down and think where you're going to go next," she said. "I'm not sure yet."


Meanwhile, Gyarmati is looking to bring Sweet Reason back in the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies going a mile at Belmont on October 5. The daughter of Street Sense broke her maiden at Saratoga on August 9.


"As long as she's doing well going into it, that's probably what we'll do," she said. "We were talking about Breeders' Cup, and I guess I'm just thinking about all these four races kind of in a row. What's better; do you wait and just run in the Breeders' Cup, or do you try to do all of them? She'll tell me, when we get closer. She's doing great, really well. Nothing bothers her. She just goes with the flow."


Among the possibilities for 3-year-old New York-bred ridgling Smooth Bert is the $250,000 Empire Classic, the highlight of Empire Showcase Day presented by The Fund on October 19.


"He ran huge. He got a big number, and that was great," said Gyarmati. "I don't know what to do next with him. I don't see anything else for him. I don't know if I want to run him against that caliber of older horses right now, but I don't know that I have another choice. Everything's on the table."


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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that the Whitney Viewing Stand at Saratoga Race Course will be open to the public during the offseason on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-10 a.m. through the conclusion of training on the Oklahoma training track later in the fall.


Guests can enter through Gate 15 on Union Avenue. Gate 21 on East Avenue/Potato Chip Lane is closed.



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