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Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates aboard Yorkiepoo Princess after the Busher Stakes
The $150,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct features 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt track, worth 50 points to the winner as part of the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series. A field of 10 went to post on a dark foggy Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the mid 50's. Yorkiepoo Princess was sent off as the 9-5 favorite off her wins in the Furlough and the Ruthless. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Full House, a 1 mile maiden winner by 13 lengths last out, and 7-2 third choice Spanish Harlem, a maiden winner at 1 mile 70 yards.
Yorkiepoo Princess rallies on the outside in the stretch.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Yorkiepoo Princess Ortiz Jr. 5.70 3.50 2.80 5 Full House Maragh 4.10 3.20 1 Tiz Rae Anna Montanez 11.60 Winning Time: 1:47.69 $2 Exacta 3-5 19.80 $2 Trifecta 3-5-1 250.00 $2 Superfecta 3-5-1-10 1,701.00
Left: Yorkiepoo Princess in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Ed Barker said, "I thought it was a great trip. He rode her perfect. She ran the race basically like we trained her: to rate a little bit and try to come off of the pace, and she was able to do it. We actually changed the training on her. I've been breezing her from the finish line 7/8 mile, 3/4 mile so that we could take the speed away from her going into the first turn and that's exactly what happened."
Right: Yorkiepoo Princess heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Yorkiepoo Princess in the paddock. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "She handled everything. She still impresses me every time she runs. She's just an OK-looking filly, but when she runs, she can run. I wanted to break out of there and I could see myself sitting first or second, not too far off the lead. But Ed told me, 'I've been working her, don't worry if she gets behind horses because I've been working her like that.' So I was able to put my hands down relax, save ground, everything worked out good with her. She makes the lead and she waits on horses all the time, that's just her. She handled it perfect. She did everything right."
Right: Yorkiepoo Princess heads out for the post parade.
Left: Second place finisher Full House in the post parade. The 5-2 second choice pressed the pace under Rajiv Maragh, but could not hold off the winner, beaten 1 3/4 lengths. The Jimmy Jerkens trainee improved her record to 1 win, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 4 starts, earning $78,000 for owner Joseph Shields Jr.
Right: Third place finisher Tiz Rae Anna heads returns after the race. The 37-1 longshot set the pace under Rosario Montanez, then tired late to finish 3rd beaten 5 lengths. The John Toscano Jr. trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 7 starts, earning $105,905 for owners Bran Jam Stable and David Clark.
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