Philadelphia Park shipper Deputy Daney stretched his unbeaten steak to three Jan. 18, winning the Jan. 18 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old son of Officer won the six-furlong race by 1 1/4 lengths over Red Bengal, covering the distance in 1:11.83.
Citizen's Arrest, the 3-5 favorite under Richard Migliore, stalked the early pace but faded to finish fourth in the five-horse field.
Breaking from the rail while on the inside, Deputy Daney battled for the early lead, setting the opening quarter-mile split in :22.64 while going head-and-head with Citizen’s Arrest.
“When he broke I felt like I had a lot of horse, so I tried to save ground,” said winning jockey Angel Arroyo.
Deputy Daney extended his lead to 1 1/2 lengths after a half in :46.31 and carried a two-length lead over Red Bengal in the stretch, hitting the eighth-pole in :58.71.
“We were stuck in the one hole; we weren’t really sure what we were going to do,” said winning trainer Cathal Lynch. “He’s very quick; he’s always been quick. He’s just a fast little horse. We’re not sure if he can go two turns, but we’ll probably come back in the (six-furlong) Fred Capossela (March 6).”
The Jimmy Winkfield winner is owned by Matthew Hand. Out of the Cure the Blues mare No Serenading, Deputy Daney was bred in Florida by Eico Stable and was a $35,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. April 2-year-old sale graduate.
After breaking his maiden at first asking at Philly Park Sept. 26, Deputy Daney won a six-furlong allowance race in the slop Oct. 24.
The winner returned $16, $6, and $6; Red Bengal paid $7.30 to place and $5 to show. Third-place finisher Mia's Angel paid $6.10. The 1-2 exacta paid $56.