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More Than a Reason returns after winning the 2010 Queen's County Stakes
The last graded stakes in New York is the $100,000 Queens County Stakes (G3) for older horses. A field of six contested this 1 3/16 mile trip over the inner track at Aqueduct on Saturday, under cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 40's before 5,444 spectators. Arson Squad was sent off as the 9-10 favorite off his win in the Mighty Forum Stakes at Belmont Park. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Modern Cowboy, winner of his last two starts, allowances at Turfway and Churchill, and 7-2 third choice Stormy's Majesty, off his win in the Discovery Handicap (G3) at Belmont.
More Than a Reason rallies on the outside
7-1 Senior's Pride battled for the early lead with Stormy's Majesty first time past the stands through an opening quarter in 24.91. Senior's Pride saved ground and opened up a 1 1/2 length lead into the backstretch, getting the half in 50.49 and 3/4 in 1:15.64, while favorite Arson Squad sat in midpack fourth 2 lengths off the pace. Entering the stretch, Senior's Pride tired allowing Stormy's Majesty to inherit the lead through 1 mile in 1:39.53. However, 19-1 longshot More Than a Reason, 7 lengths off the pace in last early, came out wide into the lane and closed with a rush to nail Stormy's Majesty on the line, getting the victory by a head in 1:57.69 over the fast inner track. It was just a neck back to late-running favorite Arson Squad third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 More Than a Reason Castro 40.20 11.20 5.10 2 Stormy's Majesty Prado 4.90 3.20 1 Arson Squad Dominguez 2.20 Winning Time: 1:57.69 $2 Exacta 5-2 194.50 $2 Trifecta 5-2-1 488.50
Left: More Than a Reason in the winner's circle. His trainer Randi Persaud said, "I just play around with him. I baby him. He's my best horse. I don't train him hard, I just run. That all he does. He's big hearted, but you have to ride him right. One run, that's it. If you keep him too close to the pace or try to move too early, you get nothing. I was supposed to run him last Sunday for the optional claim, but I just skipped it. I was shooting straight for this race. I claimed him for $15,000. You've got to be in it to win it. He's going to have a break now."
Right: More Than a Reason in the post parade.
Left: More Than a Reason in the paddock before the race.
Right: More Than a Reason returns after the race. His jockey Eddie Castro said, "The trainer told me he wanted one move and to not move too soon. My horse fought hard in the last part."
Left: Second place finisher Stormy's Majesty in the post parade. The 7-2 third choice pressed the pace early under jockey Edgar Prado, inherited the lead at the 1/4 pole but was unable to contain the winner. The Dominic Galluscio trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 9 starts, earning $233,732 for owner-breeder Majesty Stud LLC.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Arson Squad
The 9-10 favorite saved ground on the inside in fourth 2 lengths off the pace under jockey Ramon Dominguez, split horses at the 1/8 pole and closed well but just missed, finishing a neck behind the winner. The Rick Dutrow trainee improved his record to 9 wins, 1 second, and 5 thirds in 31 starts, earning $1,169,381 for owner Jay Em Ess Stable.
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