Trainer Steve Asmussen, who sent out Untapable to victory in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on Saturday, won a second graded stakes over the weekend when Street Story rallied to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Belmont Park.
Street Story broke last in the field of seven under jockey Joel Rosario, and settled behind a torrid pace set by Red Velvet of 21.48 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.39 for a half. The daughter of Street Cry hugged the rail into the stretch, and once given her cue by Rosario, unleashed a devastating rally to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
"I saw there was a lot of speed, and I was right," said Rosario. "In a couple of races she had come from off the pace, and that was the reason why I thought she'd have a good chance. I saw [Miss Behaviour] starting to slow down, and [Street Story] kept fighting and fighting. Going past the eighth pole, I thought I had a good chance to win the race."
Street Story, who won the Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park in her last start, entered the Victory Ride off a layoff of two and a half months.
"She's been [at Belmont] for about a month and a half," said Toby Sheets, assistant to Asmussen. "We freshened her up and gave her three breezes here. She's been doing really, really good; she likes it here, obviously."
Owned by Whispering Oaks Farm, Street Story completed the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.08 and returned $22.20 on a $2 win wager. With the winner's share of $90,000, the dark bay or brown filly enhanced her bankroll to $251,210.
Miss Behaviour, trained by Phil Schoenthal for Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum, ran valiantly to hold on for second after tracking the rapid early pace. It was another 1 ½ lengths back to Milam in third, who finished a nose in front of favored Red Velvet.
West Coast Chick, Isabelle, and Fat Kat completed the order of finish.