Yo Cuz graduates at Stakes winner in NYSSS Fifth Avenue – Horse Racing News

Yo Cuz wins NYSSS Fifth Avenue at Aqueduct.

Dream Maker Racing’s Yo Cuz made every pole a win in Saturday’s $ 500,000 Fifth Avenue division of Saturday’s New York Stallion Stakes, a seven-stage sprint for eligible New York juvenile fillies, at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, NY

Formed by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Laoban Bay, who entered from a first-fifth place in a first state-high special weight sprint on November 21 at the Big A, took third place and went was propelled in the lead by returning rider Jose Ortiz from the post. 5 to mark the opening quarter mile in: 22.96.

Yo Cuz maintained his lead in the back stretch for an easy half-mile in: 47.10, a length ahead of Bank On Anna with Laochi stalking another length in third under Eric Cancel.

Morning Matcha, the 8-5 morning line favorite driven by Kendrick Carmouche, placed last of 11 in the opening quarter-mile but was keen to follow the rallying Shigeko into the turn as Yo Cuz tried to get out of the field.

Yo Cuz opened up a four-length lead over Laochi on the stretch call as Morning Matcha passed Shigeko and contested in the middle of the track. A determined match and Morning Matcha kept finding more, but bad luck for Yo Cuz, who crossed the wire 1 3/4 length ahead in a final time of 1: 25.34 .

Ortiz said Yo Cuz improved a lot on second request after encountering issues at the gate on his debut.

“She was kicked out of there and she was very green too,” Ortiz said of the first-out effort. “I sat patiently and tried to teach him some tricks. I didn’t want to rush her. She is a big filly and she closed well the last time. I was very happy with the race. I knew the second time around she would be much better. I expected her to win a young girl; I didn’t know she was going to run here. I knew this race was going to be a little more difficult, but she proved that she was part of it.

“She was ready today. She broke well today and he [Mott] worked on what she needed – breaking better, which she did, ”Ortiz added. “It broke very cleanly and when I went to take a stand and looked around, no one could follow me in the first quarter. So when I took [the lead] I slowed her down a lot and she was very relaxed.

Three-time card winner Ortiz continued strong form after going 3v3 Friday night at Remington Park Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, winning She’s All In with Casual, Trapeze with Optionality, and Springboard Mile with Make It Big.

“When you ride good horses, that’s what happens. You have more chances of winning races, ”said Ortiz. “I appreciate all the opportunities I have had with the great owners and great coaches who support my career. This is the whole story. You have to have the horse to win.

Tom Gallo, Managing Partner of Dream Maker Racing, said he always had high hopes for Yo Cuz.

“When we first gave the horse to Bill, we had this race in mind,” said Gallo. “When I told Bill about it, he looked at me and laughed a bit because he just got her. But then she started to blow at Saratoga and was training really well. We wanted to have it. one race with her before that and she was fifth about four weeks ago. She broke, followed the peloton but then squeezed between the horses and galloped past the leader. When we spoke to Jose Ortiz after the race he said he really liked the horse, it’s good to have continuity because he knows her.

Gallo said the $ 125,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2 years in training Buying from sale made a good first impression.

“What stood out to us was that she was one of the few in this sale to gallop and not to fly,” said Gallo. “We like it when people take time with their horses. The fact that she was a good size and came out of a good shipment [Hidden Brook] was attractive.

Morning Matcha completed the exact five lengths on Laochi with Shigeko, Bank On Anna, Laoban’s Legacy, She’s a Big Deal, Alicia’s Way, Howdyoumakeurmoney, Mrs. Banks and Half Birthday completing the order of arrival.

Carmouche said the slow-starting Morning Matcha, who maintained a perfect silver record of 7-2-3-2, will not be rushed.

“She breaks a bit slowly and pulls herself together, but you can’t rush her,” Carmouche said. “She’ll pick up the piece when she wants.” Today we were just the second best.

Raised in New York by Seidman Stables, Yo Cuz, from Tale of Ekati mare Steve’s Philly, amassed $ 275,000 in victory while improving her record to 2-1-0-0. She paid $ 8.00 for a winning $ 2.00 ticket.

Live racing resumes Sunday at the Big A with a nine-race card featuring Gravesend’s $ 100,000 in Race 7 and Queens County’s $ 125,000 in Race 8. The first post is at 12:20 pm , eastern time.

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