Stretch-Out Successful for Great Intentions

Barry K. Schwartz’ front-running Great Intentions, supplemented to Saturday’s $70,590 Affectionately Handicap for a cost of $650, put away Bobcat Greeley on the turn and then held off Homerette and Victory Pool for a neck victory in the 1 1/16-mile event for fillies and mares on Aqueduct’s inner dirt track.

A 5-year-old daughter of Cat Thief, Great Intentions took jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. to the lead, where she was pressed by Bobcat Greeley through an opening quarter mile of :24.41 and a half-mile of :48.07.

On the far turn, Great Intentions squirted away from Bobcat Greeley. But the long stretch of the inner track began to take its toll as Homerette and Victory Pool mounted their rallies. The leader kept getting closer, but the wire came up just in time to make Great Intentions a winner in 1:44.35. Mike Hushion saddled the winner, who won the Gallant Bloom (gr. II) at Belmont Park last fall.

Homerette, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, got up to get the place by a neck over Victory Pool and Eibar Coa.

Pleasant Chimes was fourth, followed by Dina and Bobcat Greeley.

Great Intentions returned $4.40, $3.20, and $2.40 for her seventh victory in 17 career starts, which increased her earnings to $402,322.

New York-bred Homerette returned $4.80 and $2.90 in his first stakes start against open company, while the Texas-bred Victory Pool was $2.70 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)