Sugar Punch Drops Cologny in Schenectady

(from Belmont Park report)
Favorite Sugar Punch won her fifth consecutive race when she overcame frontrunner Cologny in midstretch of the $107,700 Schenectady Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Sunday.

"Things went according to plan," said winning rider Edgar Prado after the perfectly executed stalking trip. "I wanted to track Cologny, but didn't want to take the lead too soon because I didn't want to set it up for Beautiful America. She's getting better. She's a real nice filly."

Sugar Punch won the six-furlong race for fillies and mares in 1:09 2/5. She paid $5.30 to win.

Cologny, under Javier Castellano, finished second, 3 ½ lengths back. Beautiful America and John Velazquez, the second choice, finished third, another three-quarters of a length back.

Sugar Punch, who is owned by a partnership that is led by IEAH Stable and includes New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, is now 5-1-0 from six starts with career earnings of $190,120. The 3-year-old filly by K.O. Punch out of Wading Maggie (Magesterial) earned $64,620 for her second consecutive stakes victory. She won the Union Avenue at Saratoga on Aug. 26 in her previous start.

"I never would have dreamt this would have happened when we bought her," said winning trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. "I was just looking to get a nice, solid horse. Watching the rerun, when they turned for home it looked like she dropped down a little bit and said, 'Let's get rolling.' She did everything the right way."

(Chart, Equibase)