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New York Watch: Alpha [01:45]
When Kiaran McLaughlin entered Alpha in Saturday's seventh race, the trainer thought he had picked a difficult spot for the colt to make his debut. Not only was the race seven furlongs, it also featured well-regarded horses who had the benefit of a previous start. "[Alpha] drew down toward the inside, the 3 hole he had, and I was afraid of two who had already started [Invocation and Africanist] because seven-eighths is a hard distance first-time out," said McLaughlin. Alpha made those concerns moot by securing the fourth position up the backstretch, advancing into second on the far turn, reeling in the free-running pacesetter with three-sixteenths left, and needing only intermittent urging from jockey Alan Garcia to win by six lengths. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:23.97. "It was a 'wow' performance," said McLaughlin. "He ran huge. Everything went right for him and he won easily. We don't win that often first-time out, so that was nice." Alpha, a Darley Stable homebred, is by 2006 Champion Three-Year-Old Male Bernardini and out of the Nijinski III mare Munnaya, who won an English listed stakes. Munnaya has produced four horses with black type, including Mystic Melody, who in France captured a listed stakes and placed in two Group 3 events.
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New York Watch: Fantastic Song [02:08]
Hailing from one of the most productive turf families in recent years, Fantastic Song overcame an outside post and a wide trip to debut a winner on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Fantastic Song, the first foal out of his stakes-winning dam, left the outermost post in the field of 10, was taken back by jockey Javier Castellano heading into the clubhouse turn, and trailed the field through a half-mile in 48.30. He commenced a three-wide run on the far turn, came five-wide into the stretch, and charged down the center of the track while alternating leads to get up by a head over fellow first-time starter Animal Spirits. By Lemon Drop Kid, Fantastic Song completed 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:43.84 and returned $20.40 for a $2 win wager at 9-1. "He had a wide trip and he was way back there," said trainer Chad Brown. "We had a good feeling about that horse on the turf and he had good breeding, but we didn't like the post. We were just going to take him back to last and save ground and just hope he fires. That's the only thing you can do from that post." Brown will point the colt toward a likely start in Belmont Park's Grade 3, $100000 Pilgrim at 1 1/16 miles on October 2. Fantastic Song races for breeder Dell Ridge Farm, who bought the colt back for $95000 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He is out of Fantastic Shirl, who won the De La Rose, finished second in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap, and was third in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley, on the turf ...
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New York Watch: Crazy Party [02:03]
Last year's 2-year-old turf races at Saratoga Race Course were incredibly productive, with graded stakes winners Excited, JB's Thunder, More Than Real, Silver Medallion, and Winter Memories all having made winning debuts on the grass at the Spa. Crazy Party, who dashed clear to victory yesterday at Saratoga, will now attempt to follow in their footsteps. Crazy Party joins the New York Watch, which profiles promising maiden winners at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course and featured JB's Thunder, More Than Real, and Winter Memories following their wins at the Spa last year. Always prominent, Crazy Party raced behind cover in third through fractions of 48.90 and 1:13.61, angled outside at the top of the stretch, and burst past the front runners to register a two-length victory over Regalo Mia. Crazy Party, who completed 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:43.09, ran the final sixteenth of a mile in a quick 5.58 seconds and returned $7.90 as the 5-2 second choice.
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New York Watch: Kinda Spicy [01:57]
Trainer Tom Albertrani had high expectations for Kinda Spicy, and the Darley Stable homebred did not disappoint on Sunday at Belmont Park, coming from off the pace to debut a 6 ¼-length winner. With the victory, Kinda Spicy joins the New York Watch, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Her page is located at . "I was expecting a big effort out of her today," said Albertrani. "I liked the way she trained beforehand. She looked like she was ready to put on a good effort today." And she did just that, settling behind horses in fourth up the backstretch and around the far turn, splitting rivals as the field straightened for home, and drawing clear under jockey John Velazquez's hand-ride. "She was very impressive and did everything professionally," said Albertrani. "She was a little nervous in the gate, but other than that I liked the way she sat off the pace. She took a lot of dirt and got a good education today. Johnny took her behind horses and felt very confident. He felt like he always had enough horse. When he pushed the button, she responded." While Albertrani realizes it's a big step from maiden to graded stakes competition, he believes the Grade 1 TVG Alabama at Saratoga Race Course on August 20 is a logical long-range goal for Kinda Spicy. But first he'd like to run her in an allowance or overnight stakes before or during the early part of the Saratoga meeting. "It was a small ...
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