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Dunbar Road returns after winning the Mother Goose Stakes.
The feature race on Saturday at Belmont Park was the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2), a 1 1/16 mile main track test around one turn for 3-year-old fillies. A field of 6 went to post on a dark wet afternoon with thunderstorms in the area and temperatures in the mid 80's, with the main track remaining fast. As expected Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) runner-up Dunbar Road was sent off as the 3-10 favorite off an allowance win at Belmont. In to challenge her included 15-2 second choice Jeltrin, 3rd in the Acorn (G1) after disappointing in 10th in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), and 8-1 third choice Safta, who broke her maiden in her 4th attempt, after finishing 5th in the Gulfstream Park Oaks 2 starts back.
Dunbar Road draws away in the stretch
Previous winners of the Mother Goose
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Dunbar Road Ortiz 2.60 2.10 2.10 2 Classic Fit Lezcano 6.50 5.40 4 Jeltrin Reyes 2.80 Winning Time: 1:43.54 $1 Exacta 1-2 11.40 $1 Trifecta 1-2-4 44.24 $1 Superfecta 1-2-4-5 138.70
Left: Dunbar Road in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Peter Brant said, "I'm very pleased with her. It's very exciting. We've got a lot of nice horses in the barn and we're proud to be producing in this great sport. I think she'll go to Saratoga following this and we'll see what happens up there. Chad (Brown, trainer) likes to see how they come out of the race first and she's going really well and training really well. I hope she'll be in the thick of things. She looks like a two-turn horse. We'll run where she needs to run. I personally feel rewarded for having a little patience having missed out on not getting into the field for the Kentucky Oaks. I know Chad really wanted to go in that race and wherever he wanted to go is fine with me, but when she didn't get in I wanted to come back to New York."
Right: Dunbar Road heads out of the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Jose Ortiz said, "With her being a young horse, she needs to get something out of it, and today was a perfect day because it was an easy race for her. I knew with the amount of horse that I had, I was going to find something to work with. She was travelling comfortably and I felt like she was always there for me. When she got out of there, I was close to them and I just liked that she showed a good turn of foot. This will set her up for later. Manny (Franco aboard Cassies Dreamer) tried to keep me pinned in but he ran out of horse. I was able to get out. I didn't feel like I bumped her. I think everything happened because the three [Safta] didn't break. If she broke better, it would have been different."
Second place finisher Classic Fit in the paddock before the race. Jockey Jose Lezcano said, "She gave me a good race. She broke right on top. Nobody wanted to go and so I went. She gave me everything she had. The other filly, she's just a really good filly."
Third place finisher Jeltrin in the paddock before the race. The 15-2 second choice pressed the pace under Leonel Reyes but tired late to check in 3rd beaten 6 1/2 lengths. She improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds in 9 starts, earning $271,088 for owner-trainer Alexis Delgado.
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