First Flight H. (G2)

Race 8 at Belmont Park on June 28, 2009

  • Grade II
  • 7 furlongs
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 8:00 PM
  • 1:22.45
Payoffs
  Porte Bonheur $6.00 $3.40 $2.40
  Spritely $4.80 $3.10
  Turn Away $2.90
$2 Exacta (3-2) $30.40
$2 Trifecta (3-2-6) $115.50
Order of Finish
1

Porte Bonheur

Hennessy  – Sous Entendu

4YO

$90,000
  • J:Ramon A. Dominguez
  • T:David P. Duggan
  • B:Gainsborough Farm LLC
  • O:Murphy-Leopoldsberger, Johanna
  • Margin:nose
  • TrueNicks: D
  • Sire: Hennessy , Chestnut, 1993. Lifetime: 481 yearlings sold, median $88,856.
  • Broodmare Sire: Shadeed , Bay, 1982.
  • Sale History: 2006 KEESEP, $250,000.
2

Spritely

Touch Gold  – Wood Sprite

4YO

$30,000
  • J:John R. Velazquez
  • T:Todd A. Pletcher
  • B:John E Smicklas & Barbara R Smicklas
  • O:Evans, Edward, P.
  • Margin:½
  • TrueNicks: C+
  • Sire: Touch Gold , Bay, 1994. Lifetime: 380 yearlings sold, median $30,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Woodman , Chestnut, 1983.
  • Sale History: 2006 KEESEP, $480,000; 2011 KEENOV, $850,000.
3

Turn Away

Empire Maker  – Averti

4YO

$15,000
  • J:Kent J. Desormeaux
  • T:Robert J. Frankel
  • B:Juddmonte Farms Inc
  • O:Juddmonte Farms
  • Margin:
  • TrueNicks: A+
  • Sire: Empire Maker , Dark Bay or Brown, 2000. Lifetime: 235 yearlings sold, median $165,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Known Fact , Dark Bay or Brown, 1977.
4

Iron Butterfly

Forestry  – Deputy Sue

5YO

$7,500
  • J:Jon Kenton Court
  • T:Brad H. Cox
  • B:John D. Gunther
  • O:Bramer, Danny, Gulley, Eric
5

Sunday Geisha

Sunday Break (JPN)  – Above the Table

4YO

$4,500
  • J:Richard Migliore
  • T:Bruce N. Levine
  • B:JMJ Racing Stables, LLC
  • O:Narlinger, Dennis
6

Carolyn's Cat

Forestry  – People's Princess

4YO

$3,000
  • J:Alan Garcia
  • T:Kiaran P. McLaughlin
  • B:Summer Wind Farm
  • O:Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Warren Jr.
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