Trainer Donna Bireta and jockey Chin Yang scored a repeat victory for Star Track Farms in the $217,359 New York Breeders' Futurity when Caribbean Cruiser rolled to a 5 3/4-length win Monday at Finger Lakes.It was the first time in the 42 runnings of the race that a trainer, jockey and owner combination won in consecutive years. The same connections won with Mother's Sacrifice, a filly that defeated males, in 2003. Caribbean Cruiser, the 1-5 choice among six that started, improved to three-for-three his young career while earning $130,415. The purse was the second highest in the race's history.The gray son of Silver Ghost–Jack Betta Be Rite (Jacques Who) completed the six furlongs in a time of 1:10 3/5. He vied for the lead early with Boston Raider through an opening quarter-mile of :22 2/5 before taking over after a :45 4/5 half-mile. He took command in the upper stretch and widened the advantage down the lane.Caribbean Cruiser's dam won the Futurity in 1989.He paid $2.50, $2.10 and $2.10. Big Apple Daddy returned $2.10 and $2.10 and Urban Conquest was $2.10 to show.(Chart, Equibase)
The 45th renewal of the New York Breeder's Futurity, set Oct. 6 at Finger Lakes Racetrack, offers the largest purse in the history of the Western New York track with $269,200 available to New York-bred 2-year-olds.