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No Mo’ Spending Up in Time in Joseph Gimma
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No Mo’ Spending Up in Time in Joseph Gimma

ELMONT, NY – Trainer Ian Wilkes’ No Mo’ Spending got up just in time to win Thursday’s $100,000 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont Park.

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No Mo’ Spending broke from post 4 under Javier Castellano as the third choice in the field of New York-bred juvenile fillies. She raced within range of early leader Irish Constitution, who posted opening fractions of :23.86 and :47.75.

The two began separating themselves from the field after they straightened for home, and Irish Constitution looked like a leader until the 1/16 pole, when No Mo’ Spending began ranging up alongside her.

Pushing ahead in the final jumps, No Mo’ Spending crossed a neck clear of the pacesetter, completing the 7-furlong fast dirt sprint in 1:25.08.

Credit: NYRA / Chelsea Durand

“She’s a big horse with a long, beautiful stride and I wanted to time it right,” Castellano said. “I didn’t want to rush her too much or ask her too much too early and have her flatten out. I rode her with a lot of patience and a lot of confidence because I know when I ask her, she was going to finish strong.”

Irish Constitution was 4 1/2 lengths clear of Chasing Cara, while behind her came Stimulus Check (the 8/5 favorite) and Infringement to complete the order of finish.

Mashnee Girl was scratched.

No Mo’ Spending’s win was her second straight and followed her maiden-breaking effort against state-bred rivals at Saratoga on August 30. The daughter of Uncle Mo improved her record to 4-2-0-1 with $97,416 earned for co-owners Randall Bloch, Six Column Stables, David Hall, Michael Steele, Jim Gladden, and Gene Rice.

“You could just see that she switched leads well today,” Wilkes said. “The other filly got through some easy fractions early, but we were able to wear her down in the stretch. When she switched leads, I was just hoping to get there, and our filly ran well.”

No Mo’ Spending returned $6.90 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.60 to show. Irish Constitution brought back $3.80 to place and $2.50 to show, while Chasing Cara paid $4.30 to show.

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