SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY – Madaket Stables, Elayne Stables, and Brian Martin’s Another Broad soared past the leaders late to pull the mild upset in Saturday’s Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct.
Breaking from post 2 under Manny Franco at 9/2 odds, Another Broad took back and allowed Frostie Anne to post relatively quick opening fractions of :24.05, :47.91, and 1:12.91. Still trailing as she entered the far turn, Another Broad began slowly advancing before tipping over to the rail and attempting to launch through a new opening.
Given room to run, Another Broad grinded away in the mud to take the lead at the 1/16 pole, then cleared away late to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee finished in a final time of 1:52.99 for the 1 1/8-mile event over the muddy main track.
“The pace was hot, and I knew that, so I just tried to give my filly a chance and wait as long as I could,” Franco said. She was there for me when I asked her. By the 3/8 pole, I kind of followed Joe Bravo (aboard My Miss Lilly). In the stretch, I stayed to the inside and waited for a hole to open. When it did, she was there for me.”
Forever Liesl rallied to take second by 3/4 of a length over the 2/1 favorite My Miss Lilly, while Frostie Anne yielded late to fourth. Midnight Disguise and Jump Ruler were never in the running before completing the order of finish.
Another Broad’s win was her first in a stakes event and her first away from her home track of Laurel Park. The Maryland-bred 4-year-old daughter of Include improved her record to 9-4-2-0 with $222,095 earned.
“She shipped up here from Palm Beach Downs on Wednesday in good form,” said Pletcher assistant Byron Hughes. “We galloped her at Belmont for a couple of days and she was ready to run. We wanted her to get into a nice rhythm and Manny (Franco) was very patient with her. Coming around the second turn, he found a good spot and he was able to split horses and get up. That was nice.”
Another Broad returned $11.40 to win, $5 to place, and $3 to show. Forever Liesl brought back $4.30 to place and $2.70 to show, while My Miss Lilly paid $2.20 to show.