Henley’s Joy, Concrete Rose Sparkle on Stars and Stripes Card

As perplexing as the race for leadership among 3-year-old men on the dirt may be, their turf brethren appear equally intent to stage a wild battle for supremacy.
Fourteen 3-year-old marijuana runners, representing the United States, Europe and Japan, lined up at Belmont Park July 6 for its $1 million, Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes and, true to this season’s baffling shape, a victory by a 20-1 shot that was 13th in the wagering produced an outcome that triggered a $8,901 trifecta payout for $2. „Later today, there’s certainly some confusion with this particular group,“ said Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who knows the confusion at both ends of the 3-year-old branch. Does he train Country House, that was announced the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, but in the Belmont Derby he delivered out Juddmonte Farms‘ Seismic Wave, the 9-2 favored who finished fifth behind the victorious $43.60 longshot, Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy.
„It was magnificent,“ owner Jeffrey Bloom said.
Spectacular, on certain levels, as the first leg of the New York Racing Association’s inaugural Turf Trinity made a wide-open betting race which probably raised more questions regarding the 3-year-old turf branch than answers.
Or did it?
„Hopefully we will make it a simpler situation to select out the most effective 3-year-old turfer once the Turf Trinity is over,“ Bloom said concerning the 3-year-old trained by Mike Maker. „We’re off to a fantastic start.“
The Turf Trinity continues Aug. 4 together with the $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and finishes with the $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 7.
Bloom said the son of Kitten’s Joy is a move for the second leg after finally exercising a winning trip after a string of misadventures, such as the Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes when he finished a broad, bumpy fourth.
„I sound like a broken record, but he has had a lot of races at which he had nothing go his way, and I mean from begin to finish. The Pennine Ridge was another example of a trip that is dreadful. He didn’t lose by much but he never got a chance to run,“ Bloom said. „I feel great for the horse. He is such a nice horse and he tries hard. I am glad he made to showcase his abilities on the big stage.“ For BBN Racing’s and Ashbrook Farm Concrete Rose, 2019 is a year.
Already a three-time graded stakes winner when she walked on the Belmont Park turf for the first time July 6, the daughter of Twirling Candy abandoned everything on the racecourse and picked up her first Grade 1 score in the $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes.
„I feel like a champagne bottle that’s been shaken up and not opened,“ Bo Bromagen of Ashbrook advised a representative of Fasig-Tipton. „This is beyond my expectations, but you fantasy for it. ““
The Japanese invader producing her first start stateside for proprietor Tadakazu Obama, jodie, took the lead from the break in the 1 1/4-mile evaluation. Concrete Rose and normal rider Julien Leparoux stalked in second off the railing followed by Breeders‘ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf victress Newspaperofrecord who had been rank on the inside and then tipped out to both path as Irad Ortiz Jr. worked to find a firm hold. The movement forced Cafe Americano out eight-wide inducing Wonderful and Coral Beach to test.
Settling down for a drive near the peak of the stretch, Concrete Rose took control a furlong in the wire, kicked dwelling, and crossed the end 2??3/4 lengths before 1:59.97.
„I thought [coach ] Chad [Brown]’s horse [Newspaperofrecord] are about the direct unless they arrived for her, but I guess today they attempted something new and took her back a little bit,“ Leparoux explained. „The Japanese horse [Jodie] wanted to go, so that I was happy to be second and my filly relaxed beautiful for me the whole race. I understood at the quarter-pole, I had a lot left. She made a run at the end. It was fine.“ — Meredith Daugherty

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