New and Improved (Cairo Prince), a one-length come-from-behind maiden winner at first asking going a mile over the Saratoga lawn July 28, made the grade in similar fashion here.
Off a beat slow in this one, the gray caboosed the field of seven through fractions of :24.28 and :49.10. Under a nice hold while still last entering the far turn, Joel Rosario said go as they approached the top of the stretch about five wide and the pair came rolling over the top down the lane to run by them all for a career high.
New and Improved turned in a mild rally to finish a close fourth in a field of six over yielding going at the Spa in the Riskaverse S. last out Aug. 22.
“Chad [Brown] told me before the race to just keep her comfortable and let her relax,” Rosario said. “The pace was fine up front, so I just kept her going easy early. She was there for me when I asked her, and when we got to the turn, she hit that gear and kept going. She was very impressive. She made the job easy. She's a very talented horse to be able to finish with a kick that strong. I have to thank Chad and the owners for the opportunity to be aboard today.”
New and Improved becomes the sixth black-type winner and third graded winner for young sire Cairo Prince. New and Improved's dam High Style, a $30,000 purchase by Sun Valley Farm in foal to Street Sense at the 2010 KEENOV Sale, is also represented by a Liam's Map filly of 2018 and a Frosted filly of this year. She was bred back to More Than Ready. High Style is a half-sister to GII Barbara Fritchie S. winner and GI Spinaway S. third Dancing House (Tapit). New and Improved's second dam Tout Charmant captured the 1999 GI Del Mar Oaks and 2000 GI Matriarch S. and bankrolled nearly $1.8 million in earnings.
Saturday, Belmont Park
SANDS POINT S.-GII, $203,200, Belmont, 10-12, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.44, fm.
1–NEW AND IMPROVED, 118, f, 3, by Cairo Prince
1st Dam: High Style, by Giant's Causeway
2nd Dam: Tout Charmant, by Slewvescent
3rd Dam: Charm a Gendarme, by Batonnier
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($70,000
RNA Wlg '16 KEENOV; $320,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP). O-Klaravich
Stables, Inc.; B-Sun Valley Farm (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Joel
Rosario. $110,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $165,500. *1/2 to
All Star Bub (Midshipman), GSP, $186,985. Werk Nick Rating:
A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Feel Glorious (GB), 118, f, 3, Bated Breath (GB)–Self Centred
(GB), by Medicean (GB). (52,000gns Ylg '17 TAOCT; 130,000gns
2yo '18 TATAHI). O-Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Tango
Uniform Racing LLC; B-Mrs E. C. Roberts (GB); T-Christophe
3–Romantic Pursuit, 118, f, 3, Medaglia d'Oro–Questing (GB),
by Hard Spun. O-Godolphin, LLC; B-Godolphin (KY); T-Kiaran P.
Margins: HF, 1HF, HF. Odds: 1.60, 5.10, 6.20.
Also Ran: Olendon (Fr), Dyna Passer, Souper Escape, Ledecka.
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