Regal Glory, named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ for a super impressive 5 1/2-length debut romp at Belmont Oct. 6, made good on even-money favoritism in Sunday afternoon’s Stewart Manor S. at Aqueduct–though she did have to work for it. Off a beat slowly from the rail, the Paul Pompa homebred rushed up to sit third as Introduced applied a bit of pressure to Guacamole through a :46.07 half. Regal Glory was swung out for clear sailing by Jose Ortiz into the stretch, and had Introduced squarely in her sights as that one seemed to be drifting out slightly. Undeterred, Regal Glory fought on to take a narrow advantage, and while Introduced punched back got a good bob at the wire, Regal Glory kept a whisker in front to stay unbeaten.
Ortiz had ridden Introduced when she finished second to subsequent GII Jessamine S. winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy) first out at Saratoga. That relatively pricey OBSMAR pick-up broke through in a rained-off waiver maiden claimer at Laurel in September.
“She’s a nice filly and I remember the horse who finished second from Saratoga and know she is a horse the trainer [Alan Goldberg] is high on,” Ortiz said. “When we got to the eighth pole, I knew it was going to be a battle because Manny [Franco on Introduced] had her running. My horse started to run, too, and we went head-to-head. I’m just glad we got it at the end.”
The winner’s dam, who was campaigned by Pompa for the second half of her career–which included a win in the 2009 GII Mrs Revere S.–has a yearling colt by American Pharoah and most recently visited Candy Ride (Arg).
STEWART MANOR S., $100,000, Aqueduct, 11-11, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:10.94, gd.
1–REGAL GLORY, 120, f, 2, by Animal Kingdom
1st Dam: Mary’s Follies (MGSW, $338,889), by More Than Ready
2nd Dam: Catch the Queen, by Miswaki
3rd Dam: Wave to the Queen, by Wavering Monarch
‘TDN Rising Star‘ 1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-Paul P. Pompa, Jr.;
B-Paul P Pompa (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $55,000.
Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $96,250. *1/2 to Night Prowler
(Giant’s Causeway), MGSW, $472,582.
2–Introduced, 120, f, 2, El Padrino–Stuttgart, by Cherokee Run.
($30,000 Ylg ’17 EASOCT; $310,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Colts
Neck Stables LLC; B-Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, LLC (MD);
T-Alan E. Goldberg. $20,000.
3–Guacamole, 120, f, 2, Flat Out–Officially, by Officer. ($2,000
Ylg ’17 FTKOCT; $100,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Repole Stable;
B-Preston Stables LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $12,000.
Margins: NO, 6 1/4, 1HF. Odds: 1.00, 3.50, 20.90.
Also Ran: Red Hot Dame, Jaded Lady, Shak’s Hidden Gem, Dragic, Tradeable, Brooke Marie. Scratched: Music of Life, Monette (Fr). Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.