First Flight: 'Yonder Has Tough Task
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Vagrancy winner, Looky Yonder, takes on 7 in the First Flight Handicap.
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Looky Yonder took down Dream Rush in the May 25 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II), but the 4-year-old daughter of Johannesburg will have to deal with a whole new set of tough customers in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) July 4 at Belmont, including Rite Moment, who has been nearly flawless this season.

Also set to go in the seven-furlong main track contest are Baroness Thatcher, who nearly won the Humana Distaff (gr. I) on Kentucky Derby day, and Wild Gams, a three-time graded winner entering off an impressive sprint victory. Eight fillies and mares are scheduled to go to post.

Owned by Lansdon Robbins III and trained by Rick Dutrow Jr., Looky Yonder had been off the board in three lifetime graded stakes efforts until coming from well off the pace to run down Dream Rush at odds of 9-1 in the Vagrancy. Dutrow has said that there is a possibility that Looky Yonder will run in the July 12 Princess Rooney (gr. I) at Calder instead, but is leaning towards the First Flight.

Overall, Looky Yonder is 5-0-2 from 11 starts. Bred in Kentucky by James and Janice Millar and out of the Vice Regent mare Victorian Angel, she is perfect in two starts at Belmont. Garrett Gomez gets the return call.

Winning Move Stable and partners’ Rite Moment seeks her third grade II victory of the season and sixth win in eight starts this year. A 4-year-old Vicar filly, she won the March 22 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) and April 19 Bed o’ Roses Handicap (gr. II), both at Aqueduct. Most recently, she stalked the pace but came up 2 1/4 lengths short in the one-mile Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) May 17 at Belmont. The Gary Contessa trainee is expected to be close to the pace, as is Ice Cool Kitty, a second entry by Robbins and Dutrow.

Also by Johannesburg, Baroness Thatcher was third, beaten more than nine lengths in the Vagrancy, but showed a tremendous late kick when missing by a head in the Humana Distaff. Owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Bill Mott, she is seeking her first win since taking the Santa Ysabel (gr. III) in January of 2007, a span of 14 starts.

New Farm’s Wild Gams is 0-for-3 when going seven furlongs, but looked like she still had some left in the tank when taking the six-furlong My Juliet Stakes by a length May 24 at Philadelphia Park. In her season debut, the 5-year-old Forest Wildcat mare was fourth in the Madison (gr. II) at Keeneland, her first start since a 4 1/2-month layoff. Last year, the Ben Perkins Jr. trainee won the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) on the Polytrack.

$150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II, Race 8, 6:04 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, Seven Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Ice Cool Kitty (NY), 114, Edgar S. Prado
2. Rite Moment (KY), 118, Rajiv Maragh
3. Baroness Thatcher (KY), 116, John R. Velazquez
4. Windy (CA), 113, Javier Castellano
5. Akronism (KY), 114, Pablo Morales
6. Wild Gams (NJ), 116, Alan Garcia
7. Any Limit (KY), 115, Cornelio H. Velasquez
8. Looky Yonder (KY), 116, Garrett K. Gomez

 

 

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