Two Item Limit won the $109,200 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) and Ommadon captured the $113,200 Nashua Stakes (gr. III) in the co-features at Aqueduct on Sunday.
Two Item Limit (Twining--Spa Warning, by Caveat) came from off the pace to take the lead in the final furlong, winning by 2 3/4 lengths in the race for 2-year-old fillies. This was Two Item Limit's third victory in eight career starts. Ridden by Richard Migliore and carrying 117 pounds, she covered the mile in 1:38.53 on a fast track to earn $65,520 for owner Joseph Graffeo. She was bred in Illinois by Hal Snowden Jr. and Raymond Simpson and is trained by Stephen L. DiMauro. Two Item Limit had been entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and drew into the field after not making the initial cut, but her connections chose this spot instead.
"She had a shot to run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but we wouldn't have been able to work her over the track," said DiMauro. "I'd like to think we made the right decision."
The winner returned $7.30, $3.60 and $2.80. Celtic Melody, who was second in the field of six, paid $4.60 and $3.50 and completed a $24.40 exacta. Twining Star returned $5.30. Erin Moor, Salty You, and Trial Fighter completed the order of finish.
Ommadon, a long shot in the 10-horse Nashua field, swept to the lead entering the stretch and won by 1 1/4 lengths. Ridden by Aaron Gryder and carrying 115 pounds, Ommadon (Grindstone--Missymooiloveyou, by Turkoman) registered his second win in four lifetime starts. Ommadon, wearing blinkers and running on Lasix for the first time, went the mile in 1:36.74 in the race for 2-year-olds. Windsor Castle was second, with Griffinite another 1 3/4 lengths back. Dayton Flyer came home fourth, followed by The Goo, Light of Justice, Zloty, Fistfite, Sea of Green, and Revved Up.
"He's a big colt that's able to cover a lot of ground," said Gryder. "He pretty much did it effortlessly. He picked it up a lot in his last workout."
Ommadon earned $67,920 for owner-breeder Sorin Stables and returned $29.80, $15 and $8.40. Windsor Castle paid $12.40 and $7.10 and Griffinite showed at $5.40. The winning exacta paid $263.50. The trifecta returned $1,472.
Ommadon won his debut race at Saratoga in August before finishing fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Futurity (gr. I) and Champagne Stakes (gr. I). Ommadon is trained by Thomas M. Walsh. (Chart, Equibase