Saturday, Belmont Park VICTORY RIDE S.-GIII
, $147,000, BEL, 6-29, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10 4/5, ft.
1--#@BABY J, 117, f, 3, by J Be K 1st Dam: Lavender Baby, by Rubiano 2nd Dam: Mighty Milk, by Hero's Honor 3rd Dam: Hot Milk, by Restless Native
($37,000 yrl '11 FTKJUL; $65,000 RNA 2yo ‘12
FTFFEB). O-Paul Pompa Jr; B-Mrs O M Patrick (KY);
T-Patrick Reynolds; J-Joel Rosario. $90,000.
Lifetime Record: 7-3-1-2, $240,600. *1/2 to
Laureate Conductor (Bernstein), SW & GISP,
$297,114; Que Posse (Posse), MSP, $308,845. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-
, 116, f, 3, Bernardini
by Forestry. ($100,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Barry
Schwartz; B-Hertrich/McCarthy Livestock LLC & John
Fielding (KY); T-Michael E Hushion. $30,000.
, 120, f, 3, FusaichiPegasus
Baby, by Dance Brightly. ($12,000 yrl '11 KEESEP).
O-Aquino Stable; B-Don Cain (KY); T-Todd Pletcher.
Margins: 3/4, 2 1/4, 2. Odds: 10.50, 5.70, 1.40.
Also Ran: Teen Pauline, I'm Mom's Favorite.
Scratches: Kauai Katie, Lighthouse Bay, Native One. Click for the brisnet.com chart or the brisnet.com PPs. VIDEO.
Baby J hit the board in last term’s GIII Schuylerville S. and GII Matron S. while trained by Rick Dutrow Jr. She completed her juvenile campaign with a disappointing fifth as the 8-5 chalk in Laurel’s Smart Halo S. Nov. 3. Transferred to Pat Reynolds, Baby J splashed her way home to a victory in a $75,000 optional tagger in her seasonal debut at Belmont May 8, then was third as the 9-5 favorite in a $35,000 optional claimer against older fillies and mares June 14. Sent off as the longest shot on the board in this one, she battled Bridgehampton through an opening quarter in :22.14, but surrendered the lead to that foe after a half in :45.13. Bridgehampton drifted in as she took the lead, forcing Baby J and Joel Rosario to angle out as they re-rallied in the final furlong. Baby J determinedly reeled in Bridgehampton in the dying strides to earn her first stakes victory. “[Owner Paul Pompa Jr.] called me [about the Victory Ride], and asked ‘Can we do it?’,” Reynolds commented. “So I played around with her, and the angles paid off. She’s very game. She’s a free-running type of filly, and it worked out. We’re going to kick around [running in the GI Test S. Aug. 24 at Saratoga]. She’ll probably need a little time off, but she’ll be tough on a speed track up there wherever we elect to go with her.”
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