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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates aboard Hot Stones after winning the Bed O' Roses Handicap, his 5th win on the card.
The $150,000 Bed O' Roses Handicap (G3) featured a field of 10 older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. The 6,061 fans in attendance enjoyed sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's at the historic Long Island oval. Street Girl was sent off as the 7-2 favorite off her second place finish in the Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Calistoga, an allowance winner last out, and 5-1 third choice Ultimate Shopper, also an allowance winner.
Down the stretch in the Bed O' Roses Handicap.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Hot Stones Ortiz Jr. 15.40 7.10 4.50 8 Merry Meadow Maragh 6.00 4.00 7 Calistoga Rosario 3.70 Winning Time: 1:21.98 $2 Exacta 5-8 94.00 $2 Trifecta 5-8-7 500.00 $2 Superfecta 5-8-7-10 1,533.00
Left: Hot Stones in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bruce Levine said, "Cutting back from a mile to seven furlongs, I think the blinkers kept her a little closer. I didn't know if she was going to get there; (Merry Meadow) really dug in and tried hard. When fillies are doing good, you have to take a shot. We were thinking about going in a New York-bred stakes going long. Now we have to rethink it, maybe even point to the Ballerina with something in between."
Right: Hot Stones heads back to the barn after the race. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "She always likes to fight a little bit when you get close to the wire. I started asking her early and she had something for the end. Thankfully, she got her head in front at the wire. I figured there would be a lot of speed in the race, but I had to move a little earlier." About winning five races on the card, he added, "I'm happy; I'm just doing the same thing. Winning five on the day is very exciting for me, and that's all I can say."
Left: Second place finisher Merry Meadow heads out of the paddock before the race. the 11-2 fourth choice stalked the pace early under Rajiv Maragh, gained a short lead but could not hold off the winner. The Mark Hennig trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 10 seconds, and 4 thirds in 21 starts, earning $458,600 for owner-breeder William Parsons and David Howe.
Right: Third place finisher Calistoga returns after the race. The 4-1 second choice was last early under Joel Rosario then rallied to get third beaten 4 lengths. The Bill Mott trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 0 seconds, and 2 thirds in 7 starts, earning $127,151 for owner Donald Dizney.
Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Street Girl heads out of the paddock before the race. The 7-2 favorite was 9th early under Jose Lezcano, then passed tired horses late to get fourth beaten 4 3/4 lengths. The Eddie Kenneally trainee has a record of 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds in 18 starts, earning $388,476 for owner Thomas Berry.
The $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes featured a field of 9 three-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the Widener turf course. Sweet Acclaim was the 3-5 favorite over 4-1 Walk Close and 6-1 Nisharora.
Jockey Jose Lezcano sent 11-1 Courtesan to the lead and she set fractions of 24.61, 49.27, and 1:12.87 while stalked by 19-1 Holabird and Nisharora. Entering the lane Sweet Acclaim gained the lead, but Walk Close, 6th early, and 23-1 Wave the Flag, last early, rallied together with Walk Close outfinishing Wave the Flag by a nose in 1:35.71. It was 1/2 a length back to Sweet Acclaim third.
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Left: Walk Close in the winner's circle with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who swept both stakes on the card. The Christophe Clement trainee is a perfect 3 for 3 lifetime, earning $154,200 for owner Highland Yard LLC.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Sweet Acclaim returns after the race under jockey Javier Castellano. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 5 starts, earning $61,436 for owners Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds.
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