No Surprise as Austin's Mom Wins Rare Treat

No Surprise as Austin's Mom Wins Rare Treat
Photo: AP/NYRA Adam Coglianese
Austin's Mom leads the field en route to winning the Rare Treat Handicap at Aqueduct.
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite by the President's Day crowd of 5,049, Austin's Mom did not disappoint as the 4-year-old filly came from off the pace to win the $81,600 Rare Treat Handicap at Aqueduct.

Golden Damsel jumped out to the early lead and was stalked by Green Jeans as she set the pace in fractions of :24; :49 1/5, and 1:14 2/5 before relinquishing the lead in the stretch. Ridden by Pablo Fragoso, Austin's Mom found room on the rail in upper stretch and continued her momentum to the front, defeating U K Trick by 1 3/4 lengths.

Final time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:52.67. Austin's Mom returned $3.70, $2.60, and $2.10. In rallying for second, U K Trick was worth $6.00 and $3.80, and Biogio's Beauty finished third, paying $3.90.

The victory was the fourth in a row and sixth in 20 career starts for Austin's Mom, trained by Allen Iwinski for the partnership of Leonard M. Friedman, Jan Nilsen, and Brom Keifetz. Bred in Kentucky by Sefa's Farm, the daughter of Sefiapiano has earned $246,170.

"She was training great," Iwisnki said. "These are not the type of horses you are going to meet in the summertime."

Iwinski said the filly's next start is up in the air, although she could return in the 1 1/8-mile Next Move Handicap (gr. III) on March 14.

(Chart, Equibase)

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