Queen's Triomphe ($130) in Montauk Ambush

(from Aqueduct report)
Queen's Triomphe at 64-1 and jockey Jose Espinoza pulled away from favored Message Red to win the $82,875 Montauk Handicap for fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct on Sunday.

Queen's Triomphe finished the 1 1/8-mile race for New York bred s in 1:52 1/5.

"She's a nice, big, long-striding filly," said winning trainer Tom Bush. "I was not happy about being 60-1, but she got the job done. She's impressed me in the mornings. Her numbers weren't very good and that was a concern, but she gave us a big one today."

Golden Damsel set solid fractions of :23 3/5, :46 4/5 and 1:11 4/5. Queen's Triomphe, who settled into a comfortable stalking position, passed Golden Damsel in mid-stretch. Message Red and Shaun Bridgmohan got second. Princess Dixie and Mike Luzzi were third. Golden Damsel tired to fourth.

"She broke very well and I took a nice position with her," Espinoza said. "We were clear outside. She dropped the bit down the backside and I wanted to keep position. She gave me everything she had in the last sixteenth."

Queen's Triomphe – a 4-year-old statebred gray filly by Cure the Blues, out of Prematurely Gray (Relaunch) – earned $49,725 for breeder-owners Gregory Kelly and Stephen Kelly. She is now 6-2-1 from 14 starts with career earnings of $136,485. In 2003, she's won five of seven starts with earnings of $113,445.

Bridgmohan, who rode 8-5 favorite Message Red, said, "The winner ran a big race. My filly ran her race. She gave me all she had."

Queen's Triomphe paid $130, $26.20 and $6.60. Message Red returned $3.40 and $2.50. Princess Dixie was $2.60. The $2 exacta returned $453.50.

(Chart, Equibase)