Tates Creek Rallies Over Amonita in Noble Damsel

Juddmonte Farm's Tates Creek, under a patient ride by Jerry Bailey, ran down Amonita in deep stretch to record a one-length victory in the $100,000 Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park Saturday.

The Bobby Frankel-trained 4-year-old daughter of Rahy covered the one mile event on a firm Widener Turf Course in 1:32 3/5, one second off the course record.

Bailey positioned Tates Creek for her stretch run from well back in the pack by making a big move from the outside on the turn. She followed Amonita by a length as Amonita wore down front-running Quick Blue and Dat You Miz Blue.

At the half-mile, which went in :45, Tates Creek was in sixth place, eight lengths behind Quick Blue, who covered the opening six furlongs in a swift 1:08 4/5.

"I was wondering what Jerry (Bailey) was doing, but I guess he didn't want to run up in there and get stopped and shut off," said Frankel. "He just let the horses out-run her, and came around. I think she runs her best races from out of it rather than being up close."

Tates Creek gave Bailey back-to-back wins in the Noble Damsel. He won this race last year with Tugger, and also won this race in 1997 with Colcon

"Rather than get involved in a hot pace, I took her back,"Bailey said. "She's got a big kick, and I figured it wouldn't be a problem to get her settled. A mile and an eighth is probably pushing her, but she loves a mile."

Frankel said he would probably return Tates Creek to California.

Tates Creek won for the fourth time in seven starts this year, and for the seventh time in 11 career starts. The $60,000 purse boosted her career earnings to about $640,000.

The 4-5 favorite in the field of eight paid $3.90, $2.50 and $2.20. Amonita returned $3.30 and $2.60. Dat You Miz Blue paid $3.40 for the show. The $2 exacta was $12.

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