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2014 Long Island Handicap Results

Jockey John Velazquez and Aigue Marine return after winning the Long Island Handicap.
Date: 11/08/2014

The $150,000 Long Island Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct features older fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles around 3 turns of the turf course. Conditions were typical for November on Long Island, with mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the high 40's, and a turf course rated "yielding". Danza Cavallo was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 12. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Viva Rafaela, third in the Flower Bowl (G1) after second in the Glens Falls (G3), and 6-1 third choice Aigue Marine, winner of the R.G. Dick Memorial (G3) and unraced since 5th in the Glens Falls.

Down the stretch with Aigue Marine coming through on the inside.

Jockey Jose Ortiz sent 30-1 Invading Humor loose on the lead and she set easy fractions of 24.89, 51.16, 1:18.00, 1:44.67, and 2:10.32 while as many as 2 1/2 lengths in front of Viva Rafaela and Aigue Marine stalking her second and third respectively. Entering the stretch, Invading Humor tired badly and faded to an eventual 9th place finish. Favorite Danza Cavallo, 5th early, came out 3 wide for room and took over the lead at the 1/8 pole, but Aigue Marine came through on the inside under John Velazquez to win by a neck in 2:35.37 over the yielding going. It was another 2 lengths back to 24-1 Maximova third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place   Show
 1   Aigue Marine       Velazquez    15.20    6.00   4.90
 5   Danza Cavallo      Ortiz Jr.             3.60   2.90
 4   Maximova           Franco                       5.00

Winning Time:  2:35.37

$2 Exacta 1-5                  51.00
$2 Trifecta 1-5-4             667.00
$2 Superfecta 1-5-4-13      6,594.00
Full results chart

Left: Aigue Marine in the winner's circle with winning trainer Christophe Clement on the far left. Clement said, "She went a bit off form last time, otherwise she's always been a nice filly. We've tried to win the Long Island with her for a few years; it's wonderful she's done it this year. She's going to go back to Europe and become a broodmare now. The trip John gave her was between superb and unbelievable; that's what you call 'saving ground.'"

Right: Aigue Marine heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "There were only two speed horses, and I thought I'd come out of there and get it the way I wanted, try to sit and wait, and that's the way it worked out. I had to bide my time inside the 1/4 pole, but at the 3/16 pole she came running. I wanted to make sure I had room. Once I cleared the horse inside me, and I pulled her out, she was running really good, and I said 'I'm going to get there.'"

Left: Second place finishe and beaten favorite Danza Cavallo in the post parade. The 8-5 favorite rated in 5th about 5 lengths off the pace early under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., rallied to gain the lead midstretch but was outfinished late. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds in 12 starts, earning $157,228 for owners Mike Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners, Bethlehem Stables, and Elkstone Group.

Right: Third place finisher Maximova heads out to the track before the race. The 24-1 longshot raced in 8th early about 7 lengths off the pace under jockey Manuel Franco, moved out 4 wide for room into the lane and rallied well to get third beaten 2 1/4 lengths. The Christophe Clement trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, earning $247,950 for owner-breeder Gallagher's Stud.

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