Randy J. Sarf's and Old Brookside Farm's Quiet Ruler caught soft turf when he won the Mohawk Handicap at better than 45-1 last year under jockey John Velazquez. Saturday afternoon, he again found the turf to his liking, picked up Velazquez in replacement of Wilson Dieguez and won the $150,000 Mohawk Handicap for New York breds at 1 1/8 mile on the soft inner turf course.There was one big difference, however. Quiet Ruler "only" returned $42.80 this time to his backers in the New York Showcase Day crowd of 10,214. The victory was the first in nine starts this season for the 5-year-old Woodman gelding, and seventh of his 40-race career. He earned $90,000, as well as a $9,000 award for his breeder, Gallagher's Stud."He's a cool-weather horse that likes soft ground," said winning trainer Russell Mueller. "He bled in his last race so we treated him a little different. I couldn't get anyone to ride so I tried to give the kid (Wilson Dieguez) a chance, but he left town. He's a nice horse who is pretty tough when he gets the right conditions."Never worse than third behind Quantum Merit, who set the early fractions of :25 3/5; :51 and 1:16 4/5, Quiet Ruler made it look easy when Velazquez asked him for his run and delivered a 4 ½-length victory in 1:54. Salute Him, at 33-1, ran second to completed a $2 exacta worth $613. Haggs Castle put in a steady drive to be third and deliver a $2 trifecta worth $5,924.Foreverness, World of Wonder, Robbie's Rockin, Golden Commander, Quantum Merit and Irish Colonial trailed, with I'm All Yours, My Legal Alien, Reluctant Groom and Statement scratched. (Chart, Equibase)
Blame It On Bossanvoa; One N Three Wins Hudson
D and B Stable's One N Three got a hot pace from favored Bossanova and rallied in the final yards to win the Hudson Handicap for New York breds at six furlongs. The upset victory was worth $24.80 to $2 win players. Bossanova jumped to the lead and ran as hard and as fast as he could under jockey Edgar Prado, getting the first quarter mile in :21 3/5, the half in :44 4/5 and five furlongs in :57 1/5.
One N Three, a 4-year-old Dixie Brass colt bred by Andrew Kruger, rallied widest of all and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:10 1/5.Finger Lakes-based trainer Jonathan Buckley saddled the winner. No Parole was third, followed by Bossanova, Top Shoter, Personable Pete, Vodka, Beyond Chance and Gratiaen. Polish Jewel was scratched. (Chart, Equibase)Lady Bi Bi Takes Ticonderoga for Third in a Row
Tri County Stable's Lady Bi Bi, ignored despite a two-race winning streak, won her third race in a row, defeating Brandala by a half-length in the $150,000 Ticonderoga Handicap for New York bred fillies and mares at 1 1/8 mile on the inner turf course.Lady Bi Bi, a daughter of Lord Avie, began gathering momentum on the turn with jockey Jose Santos aboard and came into the lane with the lead. Brandala rallied , steadied and then rallied again to no avail.Lady Bi Bi's winning time n 1:55 3/5.
"She's just very good right now," trainer John Hertler said. "She loves the grass. She's on a good roll."Lady Bi Bi returned a generous $27 for her fourth win in 11 career starts,
Beebe Lake, Alleged Whisper, Dynamic Lisa, Ma Femme, Perfect Energy, Rose Esther, Near and Dear, Senora Poppy, Exchange Bay and Spectaculaireontap trailed. (Chart, Equibase)Princess Dixie Ekes Out Iroquois Win
James F. Edwards' Princess Dixie rallied off a hot pace, then held off She's Got The Beat for a dramatic neck victory the $125,000 Iroquois Handicap for New York bred fillies and mares at seven furlongs on Saturday's New York Showcase Day card.With longshot Storm on the Lake setting an impossible pace of :22 and :45 1/5, Princess Dixie and jockey Mike Luzzi came with a wide rally through the lane and got up just in time to win in 1:24 1/5. It was the seventh win in 17 career starts for this 4-year-old daughter of Dixie Brass, who earned $75,000, as well as a $10,000 breeders award for CPF Corporation. Her $2 win payoff was $10.60. H. James Bond trains the winner. Grab Bag was third, followed by Travelator, Shawklit Mint, Mischieviously, Sparkling Ava, Beautiful America, Storm on the Lake, Along Came Mary, Doc's Doll, Moonlightandbeauty and Perfectly Stunning. Self Rising was scratched.(Chart, Equibase)Friends Lake Gets Away in Sleepy Hollow
Chester and Mary Broman's Friends Lake found room at the top of the stretch, then responded to hard-working jockey Richard Migliore in the lane to hold off favored Pa Pa Da in the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-old New York breds.The son of A.P. Indy won the mile by a three and a half lengths in 1:36 1/5. He returned $8.Friends Lake, trained by John Kimmel, won for the second time in three starts. This victory, worth $60,000, also netted the Bromans a $6,000 breeders award."Friends Lake powered by those horses today," Kimmel said. "You look at the time of the race, and it was a serious time. The fillies ran in 1:41 1/5, that's a five-second difference. The last time, the fillies out-ran the colts."Pa Pa Da was second, with Rb's Glitter third. Trailing were Flagshipenterprise, Salty Character, Absolutely Joe, Saratoga Episode, Delta Ghost, Aladdin's Lamp and Bond Arbitrage. Gratz Park was scratched. (Chart, Equibase)Capeside Lady Overcomes Obstacles in Maid of Mist
So MADCAP Stable's Capeside Lady overcame a bad start, a staunch rival in Front Line and a stretch battle with Schemer to prevail by a neck as the 1-9 favorite in the $100,000 Maid of the Mist for 2-year-old New York bred fillies at a mile. In winning for the third time in four career starts, the Cape Town filly nearly went to her knees at the break, hooked Front Line in a pace battle of :23 3/5; :47 1/5 and 1:113 1/5, then gave up the lead to Schemer and jockey Javier Castellano in the lane.But Capeside Lady came back on the rail under jockey John Velazquez to win in 1:41 1/5. It was two lengths back to Clarksburg Queen in third and another three-quarters of a length to fourth-place Front Line. "It was a gutsy, gutsy effort," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "I thought she was going down at the beginning, but luckily, she got back up and Johnny (Velazquez) did a really great job just to stay up. I thought she was a beat horse at the eighth-pole, she basically won on guts alone. She obviously wasn't herself today after that start."Dearest heart, Stand On Top and Hollywood Wonder completed the order of finish.
In addition to the winners' purse of $60,000, Capeside Lady earned a $6,000 award for breeders Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin. (Chart, Equibase)