Maiden Beauty, bidding to be her first-crop sire Revolutionary (War Pass)’s first winner, became his first stakes winner while she was at it while posting a major upset in Sunday’s featured event on closing day at Belmont. Tugging her way up to midpack in between foes early, the bay was shuffled towards the back of the pack into the turn. She came on again to split rivals entering the lane, and was guided out into the clear by Joel Rosario as they straightened. Maiden Beauty leveled off nicely in midstretch, and kicked away to a clear-cut success from much more fancied fellow firster Tossup.
“It was a beautiful trip,” Rosario said. “I was on the inside a little bit and was just looking for room to go outside. She was a first-time starter, but very professional. She finished very strong and it looks like she can go a bit further. I was very pleased with how she ran today.”
Trainer Gary Contessa, not one to shy from putting a maiden in a stakes race, said, “She’s been training really well. [Saturday], we ran a horse called Red Zinger (Will Take Charge), who had a really green trip and ran third [in the Rockville Centre], and she has been beating him pretty good, so I knew she was a hair better than him, so I thought we had a shot today.”
A $15,000 FTNMIX weanling, Maiden Beauty was hammered for $40,000 at OBS April after breezing in :10 3/5.
“She was a buyback for $40,000,” Contessa noted. “I loved the way she moved and I liked the sire, so it worked out.”
The winner’s dam produced two more Revolutionary fillies, in 2017 and 2018.
LYNBROOK S., $100,000, Belmont, 7-15, (S), 2yo, f, 6f, 1:13.41, sy.
1–MAIDEN BEAUTY, 118, f, 2, by Revolutionary
1st Dam: Alpha Charlie, by Eddington
2nd Dam: Stacy’s Squaw, by Indian Charlie
3rd Dam: Lusty Lady, by Star de Naskra
($15,000 Wlg ’16 FTNMIX; $40,000 2yo ’18 OBSAPR).
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Pines Stables, John J. Irwin, Paul
Zysset & Sam F. Arci; B-Sandy Glenn Stables LLC (NY); T-Gary C.
Contessa; J-Joel Rosario. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0,
$60,000.2–Tossup, 117, f, 2, Pioneerof the Nile–Spritely, by Touch Gold.
($230,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Ralph M. Evans; B-Chester
& Mary R. Broman (NY); T-Richard A. Violette, Jr. $20,000.3–Midnitesalright, 117, f, 2, Midnight Lute–Curio, by
Bernardini. ($9,000 Ylg ’17 SARAUG; $75,000 2yo ’18
OBSMAR). O-Michael Dubb, David Simon & Bethlehem Stables
LLC; B-The New Hill Farm LLC (NY); T-Jason Servis. $10,000.
Margins: 3 1/4, HD, HD. Odds: 22.80, 3.50, 4.70.
Also Ran: She’s Trouble, Icy Lady, Native Dawn, Princess Pinky, Positively Jean. Scratched: Sander’s Empire. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.