Whirlaway Adds Up for Little Matth Man

Whirlaway Adds Up for Little Matth Man
Photo: Adam Coglianese
Little Matth Man comes from behind to take a sloppy Whirlaway Stakes, Saturday at Aqueduct.
(from Aqueduct report)
Vincent Papandrea's Little Matth Man, last most of the way, gobbled up the muddy inner dirt track at Aqueduct on Saturday afternoon, and rallied for an upset victory in the $82,875 Whirlaway for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth.

Trained by Philadelphia Park-based Martin Ciresa, the Matty G colt sat well off of favored Quick Action, who dueled early with Acclimate and Sinister G through fractions of :22 4/5; :46 3/5 and 1:12. Quick Action, the 3-2 choice, took a clear lead into the stretch, but the early pace took its toll. He struggled as Risky Trick and Little Matth Man came with their rallies. Little Matth Man was strongest of all and came home a 1 ½-length victory over Risky Trick in 1:46 3/5.

It was the third victory in nine starts for Little Matth Man, who is now unbeaten in two inner track starts.

"We're going to look at nominating him to the Visa Triple Crown," Ciresa said. "We couldn't train him the way we wanted to at Philly Park (because of poor weather). We wanted to run in a `two other than' before this race because we lost three days training and I really wanted to run before we came to this spot.

The winning jockey was Pablo Fragoso, the meet's leader, who came back in the 10th race to complete a sweep of the late double with John's Jet ($30.40). John's Jet, who capped a $2 double worth $363, is Fragoso's 43rd winner of the meet.

In losing for the second time in four starts, Quick Action made his first start on a muddy track and his first try around two turns.

Little Matth Man, sent off at 9-1, returned $21.40, $7.10 and $3.80. Risky Trick paid $4.70 and $4.30. Quick Action was third in the field of seven and paid $2.80.

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