Tenacious New York Hero Wins Lane's End

Tenacious New York Hero Wins Lane's End
Photo: AP/Mark Lyons
New York Hero outlasts Eugene's Third Son (8) to win the Lane's End Stakes, Saturday at Turfway Park.
Paraneck Stable's New York Hero, named for the victims of 9/11, valiantly held off the challenge of Eugene's Third Son to win by a neck in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday.

Winning time for the 1 1/8-mile test on a fast track was 1:50 3/5.

Sent off at 14-1 in the field of nine, jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. and New York Hero closely flanked Saintly Look all the way around the track through solid fractions of :22 4/5 for the opening quarter, :46 3/5 for the half-mile and 1:11 for six furlongs, taking command at the head of the stretch.

Eugene's Third Son, ridden by Pat Day gunning for his sixth win on the Turfway card, closed strongly on the outside to challenge the leader but couldn't get by in the stretch duel as New York Hero drifted out slightly.

Champali had a ground-saving trip for jockey Jason Lumpkins after stumbling at the start, but could not challenge the leaders in the stretch. He edged 4-5 favorite Lion Tamer and John Velazquez for third by a head while 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner.

"This horse has a beautiful long stride," Arroyo said of New York Hero. "Once he gets going, he won't give up. I don't think the other horse would have beaten by us even if had gone longer."

New York Hero, a Maryland-bred son of Partners Hero trained by Jennifer Pederson, added blinkers for his first stakes appearance. He won his third race in five career starts while picking up $300,000.

Pederson said her colt would "hope to go to the Wood" at Aqueduct on April 12. The New York trainer had scratched New York Hero from last weekend's Gotham at Aqueduct when she was unhappy with the post position.

"It worked out perfectly," Pederson said. "Every time he runs, he gets better and better."

Velazquez said Lion Tamer, who was making his first start since a convincing six-length victory in the seven-furlong Hutcheson (gr. II) Feb. 15 at Gulfstream "never picked up the bit." He was making his first start around two turns.

"Everybody started before him," Velazquez said. "I thought he was in good positon, but he never made up any ground. He had to get tired. I hope they give him another chance."

The winner paid $31.40, $15.20 and $6.80. Eugene's Third Son returned $7.80 and $4.40. Champali's show price was $3. The $2 exacta was worth $226.40.

Rushaway Stakes
Heavily favored Private Gold and Day overcame a bumping incident with Acceptable Venture and Shane Sellers in upper stretch and went on to post a neck victory over that rival in the $100,000 Wild Rush Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile.

Day won his fifth race on the Turfway card aboard the son of Seeking the Gold in a time of 1:45 2/5. Paula's Pride was third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Acceptable Venture.

Private Gold raced close to the pace of Brush With Gold through early fractions of :23 1/5, :46 4/5 and 1:12, mounting a four-wide challenge on the final turn and taking the lead as they straightened for the stretch. Acceptable Venture took a similar wide path from farther back, bumped the leader and stubbornly raced the 6-5 choice to the wire.

Owned by Mountain Top Racing and Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Patrick Byrne, the Kentucky-bred Private Gold won for the first time in three starts this year while picking up a winner's share of $60,000. That pushed his career earnings to more than $200,000 with three victories from 10 starts.

The winner paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.80. Acceptable Venture returned $5 and $3.60. Paula's Pride's show price was $5.60.

Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes
Favored Golden Marlin and leading rider Jason Lumpkins were disqualified from victory in the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes for interference in the stretch, giving Adopted Daughter the win.

The daughter of Elusive Quality, ridden by Dean Butler, was bumped by Golden Marlin, who drifted in at the eighth pole and continued to drift toward the rail in the late stages after clearing Golden Marlin.

Final time for the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies was 1:37 2/5 on a fast track.Golden Marlin crossed the wire 1 1/4 length in front of Adopted Daughter. Unbridled Femme was another 8 1/4 lengths back in third.

The victory was worth $90,000 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey, owners of Adopted Daughter. Ronny Werner trains the winner, who paid $13 to win.

Hansel Stakes
Overbrook Farm's Quick Draw, favored at 4-5 with Day aboard, won the $50,000 Hansel Stakes for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2 lengths over Clayton's Trick, ridden by Lumpkins. Digimon was third, two lengths behind the winner.

D. Wayne Lukas trains the Florida-bred son of Tale of the Cat, who paid $3.60 to win. Winning time for the six furlongs was 1:11 4/5.

Queen Stakes
There were three noses on the line in the $50,000 Queen Stakes for older fillies and mares, with Belle Artiste and rider Day prevailing over 2-1 favorite Timeless Love and 29-1 shot Ballado's Hero.

Owned by John Peace and trained by George Arnold, the 5-year-old mare by Broad Brush paid $7.40 to win.

(Chart, Equibase)

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