Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
ELMONT, NY – Turf War rallied from last of eight to run down Brooke Marie in deep stretch and prevailed by a neck to win her first race in North America, capturing the 6-furlong $100,000 Christiecat for sophomore fillies on Friday, Opening Day of the Belmont Park Fall meet.
Owned by Martin Schwartz, Turf War entered her Belmont debut with respective third- and fourth-place finishes against allowance company this summer at Saratoga Race Course after starting her career in France. On a rain-soaked afternoon, the War Front filly stayed off the speed as 2/1 favorite Saint Moon led the field through an opening 1/4-mile in :21.87 seconds and the 1/2 in :44.82 on the yielding inner turf.
Out of the turn, the Christophe Clement-trained Brooke Marie overtook Saint Moon from the outside as Turf War, under jockey Joel Rosario, was tipped out wide and made a late charge in picking off six opponents one-by-one before edging out Brooke Marie in the final jumps, hitting the wire in 1:09.99.
Off at 8/1, Turf War returned $19.60 on a $2 win bet. She more than doubled her career earnings to $94,057.
“She was sitting comfortably. It looked like they were going quick up front and she came with a run and got the money,” Rosario said.
Chad Brown, who won the H. Allen Jerkens award for the Saratoga meet’s leading trainer, picked up the first stakes win of the Belmont meet.
Brooke Marie, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, earned blacktype for the first time in three stakes starts, finishing 3 1/2 lengths clear of stablemate and German-bred Rose Flower for second.
“I had a great trip right behind the speed,” said Brooke Marie jockey Junior Alvarado. “I waited as long as I could and when we turned for home, I asked her. She responded well but got a little late at the end. She ran a great race but we were second best today.”
Peaceful, Saint Moon, Queen of Bermuda, Dancing Vega, and Comedy completed the order of finish. Jennemily was scratched.
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for this weekend’s… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys celebrate episode 500 previewing the… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude are ready to roll with college… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview the Late Pick 5… Read More
Slow Down Andy won the 2023 Awesome Again Stakes (G1)… Read More
Vinny from Real Dynasty Picks gives his horse racing best… Read More
Let’s get another big Sunday of racing kicked off today!… Read More
Aaron previews the 2023 Vosburgh Stakes (G2) from Belmont at… Read More
Zozos won the 2023 Ack Ack Stakes (G3) at Churchill… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!