After Market Wins Lexington, Stays Unbeaten
Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 5:36 PM
Posted: Sunday, July 9, 2006 6:08 PM
(from Belmont Park report)
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
After Market, Cornelio Velasquez aboard, remains unbeaten with Lexington Stakes win, Sunday at Belmont Park.
Unbeaten After Market, showing some greenness while making his stakes debut in his third start, collared Carnera in mid-stretch Sunday and went on to a 1 ½-length victory in the $107,400 Lexington (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on Belmont Park's firm inner turf course.
Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez as the 4-5 favorite, the Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod-bred and owned son of Storm Cat
-Tranquility Lake (Rahy
) ducked in sharply after passing the fading To Sender in upper stretch. He straightened out, however, under repeated left-handed urging and soon overcame Carnera to win going away in a time of 1:48 4/5.
Winning trainer Bill Mott said he would confer with the owners, but that After Market would likely point for Saratoga Race Course's $150,000 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on the turf Aug. 7. Mott noted that After Market is also nominated to the $400,000 Secretariat (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds over 1 1/4 miles at Arlington Park Aug. 12.
"He's still green," Mott said of the royally-bred colt. "He was green last time. (Velasquez) hit him today and he went on but, when he went too hit him again, he ducked in. I think the horse was anticipating him hitting him. I would hate to put blinkers on him because he is a little rank already."
After Market was between horses on the run to the first turn, but let To Sender and Carnera engage one another for the opening quarter of :22.32, the half of :46.83, and six furlongs in 1:11. He held position as a stalking third and then came with a wide rally as Carnera opened up a lead turning for home. He finished up well after getting straightened out by Velasquez.
The winner's share of $65,640 increased After Market's earnings to $119,640. He paid $3.70, $2.40, and $2.10. Carnera returned $3.40 and $2.40, holding second by a head over Crossword, who paid $2.40. To Sender and Cool Casanova trailed.
Habsburg, who was entered as part of a Darley Stable entry with Carnera, was scratched.
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