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ELMONT, NY – Following an impressive maiden score, Robert and Lawana Low’s Classy Edition will make her stakes debut against five other New York-bred juvenile fillies in Friday’s $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma going 7 furlongs over the main track at Belmont Park.
The Joseph A. Gimma honors the late investment banker, political official and former chairman of the New York State Racing Commission from 1965-76. Born in Baro, Italy, Gimma also served as the governor of the American Stock Exchange from 1952-58.
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Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Classy Edition backed up her heavy 3/5 favoritism in her September 5 debut when breaking her maiden by 6 3/4 lengths over a good and sealed track at Saratoga Race Course, garnering a 63 Beyer Speed Figure.
The bay daughter of freshman stallion and 2016 Champion Juvenile Colt Classic Empire rated in fourth along the rail down the backstretch and made an aggressive four-wide move nearing the 1/4-pole, cruising away to a hand-ride victory under Irad Ortiz Jr.
“It’s back a little quick, but she did it very easily. Irad wrapped up on her in the last part of the race,” Pletcher said. “She had always trained well. I expected her to run well on debut, and she did.”
Bred by Chester and Mary Broman, Classy Edition is out of the Bernardini mare Newbie, making her a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Newly Minted.
Ortiz Jr. will return aboard Classy Edition from post 4.
Mr. Amore Stable homebred November Rein will attempt a second stakes score following a triumph in the Seeking the Ante on August 27 at Saratoga.
Despite stumbling at the start, the Kelly Breen-trained daughter of Street Boss recovered quickly and commanded the field through every point of call, winning by 1 3/4 lengths.
November Rein arrived at the Seeking the Ante off an even more decisive victory, breaking her maiden going 5 1/2 furlongs at the Spa by 5 1/2 lengths to garner a field-best 76 Beyer.
Jose Ortiz is unbeaten in 2 starts aboard November Rein and will have the call from post 6.
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D.J. Stable’s Adversity, trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse, graduated by 2 1/4 lengths at second asking on September 6 over a sloppy and sealed main track at the Spa.
“Her first start we ran her on the grass, and she didn’t run very well, but she had always worked really well on the dirt,” said Casse assistant Shane Tripp. “It rained really hard right when the horses were in the paddock, so it was in the slop. She ran great that day and we’re looking forward to running her again.”
Bred by Chester and Mary Broman, the daughter of the late first crop sire and 2016 Travers winner Arrogate is out of the Grade 1-winning Roman Ruler mare Artemis Agrotera.
Jockey Luis Saez will ride from post 3.
Stonestreet Stables’ Velvet Sister, a half-million dollar purchase from the Fasig-Tipton March Sale, will attempt to turn the tables on November Rein following a runner-up effort in the Seeking the Ante.
The daughter of Bernardini, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, was a 9 3/4-length winner against open company in June at Belmont before a distant fourth in the Schuylerville (G3) 5 weeks later at Saratoga.
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Bred by Godolphin and Michelle Nevin, Velvet Sister is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner My Boy Tate.
Breaking from post 2, Velvet Sister will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
Joseph Bucci’s Shesawildjoker bested November Rein on debut and returns to New York-bred company for trainer David Donk.
The daughter of freshman stallion Practical Joke took a considerable jump up in class following her first-out maiden score when eighth in the Schuylerville. She was bred by Three Diamonds Farm.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will ride from post 5.
Rounding out the field is Our Tiny Dancer – a wire-to-wire winner for a $25,000 tag at Delaware Park for trainer Amira Chichakly. Larry Botting bred the chestnut daughter of Union Jackson.
Jockey Erick Lopez will ride from post 1.
The Joseph A. Gimma is slated as race 8 on Friday’s 9-race card which also includes the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole in race 3. First post is 1 PM Eastern.
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