Fox Ridge Farm's Naughty New Yorker beat Carminooch by a half-length Wednesday in the $150,000 Albany Stakes for 3-year-old New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course.
The 3-year-old colt, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 4-5 and paid $9.40, $4.40 and $2.80.
Carminooch returned $8.40 and $3.70. Gold and Roses finished nine lengths back and paid $3 to show.
Naughty New Yorker trailed in the six-horse field through the half-mile and made his move on the far turn, battling Carminooch through the stretch.
Trained by Patrick Kelly, the son of Quiet American earned $90,000. The Albany is the third and final leg of the Big Apple Triple which began with Naughty New Yorker's win in the seven-furlong Mike Lee at Belmont Park on June 26. Naughty New Yorker was a distant third to 11-1 Accountforthegold in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 16, costing him the $250,000 bonus for sweeping the series.Favored Blue Sunday set the fractions of :23 2/5; :47 1/5 and 1:11 2/5 while being pressured by Gold and Roses and jockey Edgar Prado.
As they came off the turn and into the lane, Naughty New Yorker launched a wide bid and hooked Carminooch, who after stumbling at the start, rallied to challenge for the lead. Even thought Naughty New Yorker took an awkward step late, he emerged the victor in 1:50 4/5.It was the first win of the meet for Samyn and Kelly. (Chart, Equibase)