Roddy J. Valente’s Bustin Stones withstood an early speed duel with favored Market Psychology and drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Times Square Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for eligible 3-year-old colts and geldings at seven furlongs at Aqueduct Sunday.
One race earlier, Mighty Eros won the Park Avenue division for fillies, also at seven furlongs, on Aqueduct’s fast main track by 6 1/2 lengths.
Bustin Stones, a City Zip colt trained by Bruce Levine and ridden by Ramon Dominguez, hooked Market Psychology early in this main track sprint, and the two battled through an opening quarter mile of :22.10 and a half of :44.72. Bustin Stones, however, appeared to get stronger and was in complete command after six furlong went in 1:08.97. He went on to win in 1:22.33 and paid $6.90.
In the Park Avenue division for 3-year-old fillies, Hedgewick Stable’s Mighty Eros clearly dominated five rivals. For jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., she set a comfortable pace of :22.86, :45.80, and 1:09.70. She opened up an insurmountable lead and won under wraps in 1:22.56.
It was the second career start for the undefeated Mighty Eros, a Freud filly who is trained by Tom Bush. Mighty Eros returned $3.70.