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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 16, 2013
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 5 16
02OLDLADY 9 5 3 17
03CARRIAGE 7 2 4 13
04DEADMAN 4 6 5 15
05 PARSONMAN 4 2 4 10
15 SICKWOMAN 4 9 4 17
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 4 17
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 9 7 21
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 4 11 22
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 5 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to September 14
12 (King) 10.30 am
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
Genuine Quality is napped (again!) in
the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of
Wolverhampton polytrack today, one of
three low-grade flat meetings affording
moderate horses the chance to reward
patient, somewhat beleaguered owners.
Ownership, though stimulating, is costly
and at this time of year owners really feel
the pinch; many are desperate to get rid
and that s why, occasionally, there are bar-
gains to be obtained.
Last week we fancied buying my winning
nap, Autopilot, at Leicester only for a
bloodstock agency to prove too strong at
the subsequent auction.
Autopilot won comfortably, he ll be
worth following and he s handicapped to
offset the purchase price by winning a
nursery; we can back him, again!
Genuine Quality has been runner-up
in all four starts but there s nowt wrong
with him; Ed Vaughan s charge continues
to improve his time-figures and comes
out clear best-in judged on her latest
effort when caught late on in a six furlongs
Realistically Genuine Quality was sitting
duck for a much-improved, superbly-bred
William Haggas-trained juvenile.
Incidentally Chorlton Manor is the only
conceivable danger and but for the presence
of Genuine Quality would have been my
No surprise if Sweet P causes one in the
eleven-runner Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs of soft Brighton where holiday-
makers will be able to enjoy a seven-race
Tough work finding winners there how-
ever, it s a track for specialists and proficient
jockeyship; experienced Martin Dwyer,
knows it well and I m confident he ll get
the best out of once-raced Sweet P, sixth
to Lustrous over a similar distance at Sal-
isbury earlier this month.
In a moderate race race Sweet P justifies
an each-way bet with three places on offer.
Stick to Genuine Quality
9.40 Black Treacle
10.50 Sweet P (e.w).
12.00 Genuine Quality (nap)
Alterite touches off Marq in Garden City
BELMONT, NY---Making her North
American debut, Martin Schwartz s
Alterite rallied behind moderate frac-
tions to catch favoured leader Discreet
Marq in deep stretch and pull clear to
win the Grade 1, $500,000 Garden City
on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Purchased privately following the final
race of her juvenile season last fall in
France, where she was bred, Alterite came
to the United States shortly after finishing
sixth in the Group 1 French Oaks on June
16.Trained in France by Jean-Claude
Rouget, the 3-year-old daughter of Lit-
erato (FR) had been working steadily for
her American unveiling with trainer Chad
Brown, who captured last year s Garden
City with Samitar.
"I think she ran terrific," said Brown.
"She looks great. She came over to me
in real good shape from her previous
trainer, and she just settled in beautifully.
Each week she s been here, she s adapted
more. She s a high-strung horse, and I
thought she handled herself in the race
very well. She should improve from here."
Under Hall of Fame jockey John
Velazquez, Alterite settled in fourth
behind a relaxed pace set by Grade 1
winner Discreet Marq, who led the 11-
horse field through a quarter-mile in
25.35 seconds, a half in 50.78, and six
furlongs in 1:15.49.
Discreet Marq and jockey Garrett
Gomez were still in front by a half-length
turning for home, with Velazquez moving
Alterite out three wide to mount a chal-
lenge. The two horses arrived at the
eighth pole together before Alterite surged
ahead to hit the wire 1 ½ lengths in
Alterite ran the 1 1/8 miles on the firm
inner turf course in 1:50.55, returning $8
for a $2 win bet as the 3-1 second choice.
Discreet Marq, favoured at 5-2, held on
for second, a nose in front of fast-closing
Watsdachances, also trained by Brown,
Summer of Fun, Precarious, Caroline
Thomas, Emollient, With Sugar On Top
and Praia completed the order of finish.
"She had been training quite well; the
thing I was concerned about was the
firm ground," Brown said. "We did get
some rain, I was happy to see, a couple
of days ago, but with how windy it s
been, and clear, I thought it dried out
too much. Based on what I read, and
based on what I ve heard from her pre-
vious trainer, she prefers soft ground.
"She ran terrific today, but I ve got to
tell you, I don t think firm is her preferred
surface," he added. "If she can catch a
little more give in the ground, she s prob-
ably even more effective."
A New York-bred daughter of Discreet
Cat, Discreet Marq had her three-race
win streak snapped. She carried co-high-
weight of 122 pounds in the Garden City,
six more than Alterite.
"She ran a good race, but Mr. Brown s
filly ran a better race; that s the problem,"
said trainer Christophe Clement, who
trains Discreet Marq for owner Patricia
Generazio. "My filly ran great. She was
just second-best; it happens. When I saw
the fractions, I was very, very happy. She
ran a great race; we just got beat today.
We had to give the winner quite a bit of
weight, but we ll be back."
The victory was the fourth in 10 career
starts for Alterite, who collected $300,000
to push her lifetime bankroll to $508,797.
She was third by a neck in the Group 1
Prix Marcel Boussac to close her 2012
season, and this year was second by a
nose in the Group 1 Saint Alary in May.
"I m very happy," Schwartz said. "She
got beat three inches in the Saint Alary
and was the only horse to run in all three
legs of the French triple crown for fillies.
Mr Brown has quite a way with the Euro-
pean horses. She ll stay a mile and a
quarter as she did in France. The sky s
the limit, as they say."
BELMONT---Peace Preserver took advantage of
a patient, ground-saving ride by Irad Ortiz Jr to
register her first graded stakes victory in the
Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes on Sat-
urday at Belmont Park.
Ortiz reserved Peace Preserver at the rear of the
six-horse field as Assateague set fractions of 23.15
seconds, 46.92 and 1:10.33 for six furlongs. Kept
behind and inside of race favourites Hungry Island
(3-1) and Better Lucky (4-5), Peace Preserver sat
chilly as the field bunched up at the eighth pole,
then split rivals to gain the advantage inside the
sixteenth pole, holding Hungry Island safe by a
half-length at the wire.
Peace Preserver, the longest shot in the field at
16-1, returned $34.20 for a $2 win wager and com-
pleted the mile on the Widener Turf Course in
1:33.93. The winning trainer was Todd Pletcher.
"On paper, it didn t look like they would go that
fast, but obviously you re very happy anytime you
can see those kinds of fractions," said assistant
trainer Michael McCarthy, who handled the saddling
duties for Pletcher. "She s a gutty mare. She was
actually just kind of galloping back there. She s
very genuine and puts a lot into her training. She
puts a lot into everything she does."
Peace Preserver was winless in four 2013 starts
prior to the Noble Damsel. The daughter of War
Front finished a close second, however, in May s
Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont where she was beaten
by just three-quarters of a length under Ortiz by
the recently retired Hessonite.
"It was a perfect trip," said Ortiz. "I just followed
the instructions like the assistant trainer told me.
He told me to sit and make one run. I sat and
waited until the quarter pole but I couldn t go out,
so I stayed inside where I wouldn t lose too much
ground. When room opened up, she gave me every-
thing she had. When I asked her, she picked it up
Despite the close defeat, the Hungry Island camp
was pleased by their horse s performance.
The odds-on favourite, Better Lucky, checked
Owned by Alto Racing, LLC, Peace Preserver is
5-3-3 in 16 starts and has earned $382,166. Her
Noble Damsel win was worth $120,000.
Assateague tired to fourth, followed by Naples
Bay and Laugh Out Loud (GB).
BELMONT, NY---The New York Racing Asso-
ciation, Inc (NYRA) has announced a pair of
purse incentives that, for eligible horses, could
double the value of the Grade 1, $500,000
Cigar Mile Handicap on November 30 at Aque-
Any previous Grade 1 winner who competes
in the Cigar Mile will race for a gross purse of
$750,000. Should a winner of any Breeders
Cup race from any year take part, he or she
would be running for a purse of $1 million.
"Run as a one-turn mile on the dirt and
spaced four weeks after the Breeders Cup, the
Cigar Mile is perfectly positioned to serve as an
end-of-season exclamation point for a wide
array of horses whose connections might have
championship aspirations," said PJ Campo, NYRA
vice president and director of racing. "By enhanc-
ing the purse for these horses, we are providing
yet another reason for horsemen-and fans-to
circle November 30 on their racing calendars."
Last year s Cigar Mile was contested by 2012
Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner
Groupie Doll, who finished second to Stay
Thirsty, who earned the second Grade 1 win of
his career. Groupie Doll was later named the
2012 Eclipse Award winner as Champion Female
Peace Preserver secures
the G3 Noble Damsel
NYRA adds incentives
for Cigar Mile
9 (Cattle) 10.30 am
24 (Queen) 1 pm
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
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