Nonsuch Bay Splits Horses to Win Nassau County

Nonsuch Bay raced to her third victory in five starts, edging Wopping by a nose Saturday in the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Nonsuch Bay raced in seventh place early on and then rallied to split horses in deep stretch to notch the win.

"She showed in her second race that she wouldn't mind being put between horses," said winning trainer Frank Alexander. "I don't know what happened at Aqueduct last time; we had to ship her over there and she was a little nervous in the gate. She ran a much more typical effort today. We were originally thinking about running her in the Black Eyed Susan, but since we decided to run in here instead, we'll probably take a look at the Acorn.

Nonsuch Bay, ridden by Javier Castellano, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.90 on the fast track, and paid $24, $10, and $6.70. She earned $120,000 for Joseph P. Platt Jr. Wopping returned $6.70 and $4.40, and Wilzada paid $4.10 to show. The winning exacta combination paid $126.

"There was a lot of traffic in the race," said Castellano. "I couldn't really see what was happening up front because I was getting too much dirt in the face. She didn't like the dirt, either. I tried to put her more in the clear. My filly responded very strongly in the stretch. I was very impressed with her because there aren't many horses that want to finish as well as she did when you put them between horses."

Dust Me Off finished fourth, 17 3/4 lengths ahead of Infinite Spirit. Lyrical Prado, Proxy Statement, and Lethal Temper completed the order of finish.

Nonsuch Bay (Mr. Greeley--Brighter Than Gold, by Light Idea) finished third in the Comely Stakes (gr. III) last time out after running second to Dust Me Off in the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) in March at Gulfstream Park. She sold for $75,000 as a 2-year-old and was bred in Kentucky by Sabine Stable. (Chart, Equibase)