Tri County Stables' homebred Storied Lady made her return to the winner's circle afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, gamely holding off the favored Saythreehailmary's in the inaugural running of the $100,000 Biogio's Rose for New York-bred fillies and mares.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Storied Lady contently settled at the back of the six-horse field, four lengths behind a pacesetting Perfect Freud, who led the group through the opening quarter mile in 23.58 seconds and the half in 48.20. The 5-year-old Read the Footnotes mare picked off rivals in the far turn and cut the corner turning for home to reel in the leader.
Saythreehailmary's charged from the outside as Perfect Freud dropped back near the eighth pole. Storied Lady dug in along the rail, catching Saythreehailmary's and powering through the stretch to win by a head.
"She's a nice filly," said Ortiz. "She broke out of there and came from off the pace. I was able to get her to relax, I got through inside and she closed well. She was ready today."
Trained by John Hertler, Storied Lady completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.54 and returned $10.20 for the win.
The Biogio's Rose was Storied Lady's fifth career victory, all over the Aqueduct inner track, in 24 starts and first since the 2014 Bay Ridge. win boosted her lifetime earnings to $355,651.
"She was running good races and finishing right there and, today, everything came together," said Hertler. "She got through on the rail and battled that horse hard and held them off. I was looking for that wire."
Perfect Freud, Jc's Shooting Star, In Spite of Mama and Sheriffa completed the order of finish.
Source: NYRA Communications (Heather Pettinger)