Travelator Captures Garland of Roses

A muddy track and a blistering pace helped Our Sugar Bear Stable's Travelator to a head victory over Sensibly Chic in the $80,900 Garland of Roses Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs Saturday at Aqueduct.

Sent off at better than 8-1, Travelator closed along the inside for jockey Norberto Arroyo to get the nod in 1:10 3/5.

The winner broke well from the outside post in the field of seven, settling behind the speedy Forest Music, who clicked off fractions of :21 3/5; :44 2/5 and :57 with favored Cologny in close pursuit.
Forest Music weakened in the lane. Sensibly Chic, racing with two bar shoes, put in a late run to nearly get the victory.

Gary Gullo, who recently returned to training after a stint as a jockey agent, saddled the winner.

It was the fourth winner of the afternoon for Arroyo, who earlier won the fourth race with Harmony Hall ($6.80); the fifth with Daddy Joe ($6.50); and the seventh race, the $60,750 Exogenous with Our Rite of Springs ($4.10).

"I thought I was going to be two or three lengths off it," Arroyo said. "When she fell back so far out of it, I knew they were going fast. So, I thought I would let her settle and make one run at the end. Everything worked out perfectly. When you win four races, it's a great day. It's even better when you win a stake, too"

Travelator was previously trained by Stan Hough. This was her first start for Gullo.

"Stanley told me everything about how to train her," Gullo said.

The win was the third in nine starts this year for the 4-year-old daughter of A. P. Jet, who carried 116 pounds. She has nine career wins in 21 tries with purses of 4435,791.

Travelator earned $48,345 for her owner and returned $19.60, $7.00 and $4.30. Sensibly Chic paid $5.50 and $4.20 and Forest Music returned $4.00 to show.

Forest Music was necked for the place. Mariakel, Distinctive Kitten and Cologny trailed.

Ebony Breeze was scratched.

(Chart, Equibase)