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Penjade Steals $150,000 Forever Together

OZONE PARK, NY – Amerman Racing’s Penjade broke through for her first career stakes win, getting up in the final stride to steal Saturday’s $150,000 Forever Together Stakes at Aqueduct.

Off well from post 5 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Penjade sat off the early pace set by Bishop’s Pond through opening splits of :25.50 and :50.49. Swinging wide off the far turn until she found a clear path, Penjade kicked away hard down the stretch along the outside. The Chad Brown-trained filly hit the wire first by a nose over Not Taken and My Impression in a final time of 1:43.60 for the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

“She ran great,” said Brown. “It was really close. I am proud of her the way she has developed this year. She has really improved a lot.”

The photo finish gave the slight edge to Not Taken over My Impression, while Elysea’s World was only another 1/2-length back in fourth. Bishop’s Pond faded to fifth, with Sweet Sandy and Winter completing the order of finish.

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The win was Penjade’s fourth in five starts this year, all partnered with Ortiz, Jr. The daughter of Air Chief Marshal now has a career record of 16-5-6-2 with earnings of $360,061.

“Irad really deserves a lot of credit for her development,” Brown said. “He has figured out how to ride this horse and it took me a little while to figure out what her best distances would be and exactly her running style. I wasn’t positive about it, and Irad made the decision.”

Penjade returned $9.20 to win, $4.90 to place, and $3.20 to show. Not Taken brought back $15.40 to place and $6.40 to show, while My Impression paid $2.50 to show.

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