Four horses contested the seven-furlong test on a sealed track, but it was over early. Tasteyville, ridden by Mike Luzzi for trainer Patrick Kelly, took command soon after the start, opening up a 3 1/2-length lead on the backstretch through fast even fractions of :22 1/5 and :44 2/5. Roused coming around the turn, he continued willingly, taking a six-length lead in the stretch. Tasteyville finished well while racing toward the middle of the track in an excellent time of 1:21 1/5.
Sir Greeley, the 9-5 favorite, finished second, 4 1/2 lengths in front of Council Member. Premium Wine trailed.
"He’s not a real sharper, but today I was able to break cleanly and he went easy," Luzzi said. "I told my agent if I’m still sitting chilly at the three-eighths pole, I think we’ll win.”
Tasteyville was coming off a second-place finish in Belmont's 1 1/8-mile Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 22, when the 4-year-old With Approval gelding failed to sustain his front-running style and finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Any Given Saturday. Kelly decided to pass on the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile for this spot.
“I wasn’t sure if he wanted to go this short, but he’s had speed going a mile lately," Kelly said. "He’s been in a good place all summer."
Tasteyville's first graded win was worth $90,000. Out of the Rahy mare Rahfee, the winner's record now stands at 5-6-4 with earnings of $314,405.
Kelly said the $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 24 could be next for his gray.
Tasteyville paid $7.20 paid $3.30. Sir Greeley, ridden by Channing Hill, returned $3.