Circuit of the aqueduct.
Cash Is King Racing, LC Racing and Gary Barber’s two-time winner Morning Matcha lead a field of 11 for the 35th Annual Fifth Avenue Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The seven-stage test for eligible juvenile New York fillies is one of two stakes Saturday afternoon races for the 2-year-olds, with its counterpart race, the NYSSS Great White Way at $ 500,000.
“We are delighted to offer these important races – the richest juvenile bull races in the country – which demonstrate the strength of the New York sire program and offer a great incentive to breed with New York stallions,” said said the NYRA racing secretary. Keith Doleshel. “Our New York parenting and breeding programs are an integral part of NYRA races and we look forward to continuing to support the New York breeding industry.”
Coached by Butch Reid, Jr., Morning Matcha will cut by one furlong after beating the winners by 6 in length while completing a mile of two turns on November 16 in Parx. She recorded a best field result, 81 Beyer Speed Figure, saving some ground along the rail before taking several wide paths around the far turn and claiming a 6-length victory as the 1- favorite. 9.
The daughter of New York stallion Central Banker, who runs at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for $ 7,500, has never gone cash-strapped in six career starts.
Coherent Bay won a spot in Finest City on September 13 at Presque Isle Downs, en route to a first scoring 6½ furlong Parx 12 days later.
Reid, Jr. kept a small division of horses at Saratoga last summer, including Morning Matcha, and said he’s been looking forward to more ground since seeing her practice at the Spa. Morning Matcha sprinted twice against a restricted first company in Saratoga, finishing third and second respectively.
“There’s no question the longer distances have helped,” said Reid, Jr. “We’ve been waiting to stretch it far since we got it at Saratoga. A mile was perfect for her, so it won’t be out of reach either.
Reid, Jr. will have five booths at Gulfstream Park this winter. After NYSSS Fifth Avenue, Morning Matcha is expected to join its small South Florida division.
“After that, we’ll stretch it. She will travel to Florida after that and train in good weather, ”said Reid, Jr.
Kendrick Carmouche, the pilot of the two victories, will return aboard Morning Matcha from station 6.
“It will be the athlete where she is most comfortable,” said Reid, Jr. “Inside and out she seems to have no qualms about anything. Kendrick did a great job with her.
Raised in Pennsylvania by Crane Thoroughbred Services, Morning Matcha is out of the Iam the Iceman Stake Home Ice mare and was purchased for $ 18,000 on the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Mid Atlantic Sale.
Coach Michael Trombetta will send Howdyoumakeurmoney, a double-box winner and the only bet winner in the Fifth Avenue area.
Commonwealth New Era Racing owned Freud Bay graduated second on turf against other New York races on September 3 at Saratoga and a month later captured the Presque Isle Downs Debutante of 6 ½ stage, beating the next Battle Charge winner.
Howdyoumakeyourmoney, raised in New York City by Davie Bloodstock and Peter Colon, arrives from a final effort in the Seven-Stadium Glorious Song on October 30 at Woodbine.
Mychel Sanchez will be on board station 7.
Joseph Bucci’s Laoban’s Legacy will look for his first win in betting, having finished second against the open company winners for coach Jeremiah Englehart.
Raised in New York City by Sequel Thoroughbreds, the daughter of the late Laoban earned a dazzling July 7 winner on a sloppy, sealed Saratoga main track on her debut en route to a distant third in Seeking the Ante the following month at Spa.
Coming out of Station 3, Laoban’s Legacy will be ridden by two-time NYSSS Fifth Avenue winner Manny Franco.
Coach Christophe Clement will send out Barry Schwartz’s Shigeko after a first 6-length win on second request. Raised in New York City by Schwartz’s Stonewall Farm, the girl from Japan found the Winner’s Circle Oct. 30 on a sloppy, sealed main track within a mile off the turf for state farms at Belmont Park.
Dylan Davis will ride Shigeko from station 11.
Fill in the field are She’s a Big Deal [post 1, Raul Mena], in the manner of Alicia [post 2, Benjamin Hernandez], Laochi [post 4, Eric Cancel], Yo Cuz [post 5, Jose Ortiz], Half birthday [post 8, Trevor McCarthy], Bank on Anna [post 9, Jose Lezcano], and Mrs. Banks [post 10, Mike Luzzi].
NYSSS Fifth Avenue is the penultimate event in Saturday’s nine-race program. The first message is at 12:20 a.m. EST.
America’s Day at the Races will feature daily coverage and analysis from the winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack on FOX Sports networks. For the full broadcast schedule, visit https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/tv-schedule.
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