Ashley Cole Recap
COMPLIANCE OFFER CASHES THE COLE
Compliance Officer continued his ascension through the New York-bred turf division with a decisive 3 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Ashley T. Cole Handicap at Belmont Park.
The win was the fourth straight for Compliance Officer since being claimed by owner Thomas LaMarca and trainer Bruce Brown for $25,000 in May. His wins have come in allowance races at six furlongs and seven furlongs, the West Point Stakes at Saratoga at 1 1/16 miles , and the Cole at 1 1/8 miles.
Under Alex Solis, Compliance Officer settled into fourth position early while racing in the three path as Writingonthewall set fractions of 25.55 seconds for the quarter, 49.12 for four furlongs, and 1:13.81 for six furlongs.
Compliance Officer got shuffled back to fifth when Uncle T Seven made a premature move along the rail entering the far turn. Solis guided Compliance Officer four-wide turning for home and with only mild encouragement Compliance Officer rocketed to the lead and drew off.
Pocket Cowboys, second in this race last year, finished second by five lengths over Minnie Punt. Writingonthewall, Midnight Billy, Uncle To Seven, Straight Story ,and Make Note completed the order of finish. Gimme Credit and Theresmyeverything were scratched.
“We weren’t sure whether he would get the 1 1/8 miles, so the plan was to draft in behind the other horses through the first part,’’ Solis said. “When we got to the quarter pole, I asked him for run, and he responded very nicely. He’s a fun horse to ride. He’s improving every race, and now we know he can get the distance.’’
Prior to the West Point, Compliance Officer had only one win from six starts beyond one mile.
“This was the best he’s ever relaxed and the best he’s ever finished,’’ Brown said. “He just seems like he’s getting better and better. It seems like this was kind of what he wanted to do all along. This was pretty impressive today.’’
Compliance Officer, a son of Officer, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.50 over an inner turf course labeled good. Compliance Officer will most likely make a bid to wrap up a New York-bred turf championship by running in the Mohawk Handicap here on Oct. 22.
Thursby, a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, broke slowly and finished last in his debut going seven furlongs on turf.
The race was won by Richmond County, a 23-1 shot who returned $48.40. Richmond County ran seven furlongs in 1:24.66, which was 1.36 seconds slower than the 2-year-old filly Somali Lemonade won a seven-furlong maiden race earlier on the card.
Bold Warrior ($9.20) was elevated to first after being bumped by Buffum, the 1-4 favorite, who finished first in a second-level allowance race going one mile.
by David Grening
On the New York worktab
STAY THIRSTY (Bernardini), who took leadership of the three-year-old male division with a victory in the Travers S. (G1), got back to work by traveling a half-mile in :50 3/5 over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track on Sunday. The Todd Pletcher trainee is set to try older horses in the October 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
Champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), just denied by a nose in his terrific comeback in the King's Bishop S. (G1), motored in :48 1/5 in his first work back for Pletcher. The Repole Stable colt will also see action on "Super Saturday" in the Kelso H. (G2).
Dwyer S. (G2) hero DOMINUS (Smart Strike), fourth in the King's Bishop, strolled five furlongs in 1:03 4/5.
Undefeated Adirondack S. (G2) winner MY MISS AURELIA (Smart Strike) breezed in a bullet 1:02, tying for the fastest of 24 moves at the five-eighths trip.
Classic veteran DROSSELMEYER (Distorted Humor), last of seven in the grassy Sword Dancer Invitational (G1), clocked 1:03 2/5.
Sham S. (G3) romper TAPIZAR (Tapit), sidelined since checking in fifth as the 1-5 favorite in the Robert B. Lewis S. (G2), was also caught in 1:03 2/5.
Prioress S. (G1) heroine HER SMILE (Include), fourth in the Test S. (G1) last time out, covered four panels in :51 3/5.
Smart turf juvenile FINALE (Scat Daddy), a 10 1/2-length conqueror of the Continental Mile S., went in :51 4/5.
Smashing maiden winner STOPSHOPPINGMARIA (More Than Ready) posted :51 3/5 in preparation for her stakes debut in the October 8 Frizette S. (G1).
Recent Monmouth Oaks (G3) victress SAVVY SUPREME (Distorted Humor), a full sister to multiple Grade 1 star Commentator, finished up in :50 2/5.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) scorer MORE THAN REAL (More Than Ready), third in the Lake George S. (G2) in her latest, exercised in :50. Saturday's Garden City S. (G1) is the next item on her agenda.
Grade 2-placed sophomore CAL NATION (Distorted Humor), runner-up in the Select S., turned in the exact same time.
LOVE AND PRIDE (A.P. Indy), Bernardini's close relative who rolled in her stakes debut in the Proud Spell S., completed her trial in :51 3/5.
Prince of Wales S. near-misser BOWMAN'S CAUSEWAY (Giant's Causeway), seventh in the Travers, strode in :51.
Orchid S. (G3) runner-up ENDLESS EXPANSE (Ire) (Red Ransom), seventh in the Modesty H. (G3), likewise toured in :51.
Multiple Grade 3-placed CHIPSHOT (Peace Rules), who broke through with his first stakes coup in the Select S. two back, negotiated five furlongs in 1:02 3/5.
Borderland Derby scorer FUSA CODE (Fusaichi Pegasus), second in an optional claimer on Kentucky Derby Day, posted the same time.
Turf maiden winner ST PANCRAS (Scat Daddy), a juvenile daughter of Grade 1 queen Marylebone (Unbridled's Song), took her half-mile spin in :51 4/5.
On the firm Oklahoma training turf, multiple Grade/Group 1 winner STACELITA (Fr) (Monsun) and Diana S. (G1) vixen ZAGORA (Fr) (Green Tune) each drilled five panels in 1:02 for trainer Chad Brown.
Stacelita, last-out heroine of the Beverly D. S. (G1), is headed to the October 1 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1), while Zagora is bound for next Sunday's Canadian S. (Can-G2).
Shoemaker Mile (G1) victor COURAGEOUS CAT (Storm Cat) geared up for next Sunday's Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) by blitzing in a bullet :59 4/5 for Bill Mott.
Brown's debut maiden winners FANTASTIC SONG (Lemon Drop Kid) and DAYATTHESPA (City Zip) sped in 1:00 2/5 ahead of a likely tilt at the October 2 Pilgrim S. (G3).
At Belmont Park, dual Grade 1 star GET STORMY (Stormy Atlantic) negotiated a half-mile on the good inner turf in :52 in advance of the October 8 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1). The Tom Bush charge is coming off a second as the defending champion in the Bernard Baruch H. (G2), where he was struck by a rival and sustained a cut on his leg.
The Christophe Clement duo of RIGHT ONE (Fr) (Anabaa) and MR. RYDER (Giant's Causeway) each worked five grassy furlongs in 1:04. Right One, the winner of the Jaipur S. (G3), is nominated to the Woodbine Mile. Mr. Ryder was last seen landing the Sussex S.
On the fast main track, Travers runner-up RATTLESNAKE BRIDGE (Tapit) rattled off four furlongs in :47 2/5. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil, who captured the Long Branch S. prior to his effort at the Spa, could make his next start in the September 24 Pennsylvania Derby (G2).
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) heroine AVIATE (GB) (Dansili [GB]) breezed in :50. Fifth in the Ballston Spa (G2) and Diana in her last pair, the Mott filly will probably take a class drop for next Sunday's Noble Damsel S. (G3).
Grade 1-placed stakes veteran SANGAREE (Awesome Again) sizzled his half-mile in a bullet :46 4/5, best of 69 works at the distance. The Godolphin runner was outdueled by Rule (Roman Ruler) in a thrilling Birdstone S.
Sky Beauty S. victress DISTORTED LEGACY (Distorted Humor), fifth in the Ruffian Invitational H. (G1), went in :49 2/5.
Grade 2-placed COOL BLUE RED HOT (Harlan's Holiday), the trailer in the King's Bishop, turned in the same time.
Multiple stakes scorer LONGHUNTER (GB) (Halling), fifth in the Quick Call S., sauntered in :51.
Grade 3-placed stakes winner NORDIC TRUCE (Yes It's True), who brought up the rear in the Jaipur, traveled five panels in 1:01 1/5.
New York Derby hero SOCIALSAUL (Read the Footnotes), second in an Albany S. upset, ripped in 1:00 4/5.
Grade 2 comebacker SOUL WARRIOR (Lion Heart), beaten in his only two starts of 2010, worked in 1:01.
On the fast training track, Mother Goose S. (G1) diva BUSTER'S READY (More Than Ready) strode four furlongs in :51. The Pletcher filly was most recently a lackluster fourth in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).
Multiple Grade 1 queen LIFE AT TEN (Malibu Moon), a remote third as the defending champion in the Delaware H. (G2) last out, turned five-eighths in a bullet 1:00.
Grade 2 victor AL KHALI (Medaglia d'Oro), third in the Sword Dancer for the second straight year last time, zipped in 1:00 2/5. The Mott trainee is nominated to next Sunday's Northern Dancer Turf (Can-G1).
FIRE ON ICE (Unbridled's Song), a smashing debut maiden winner on Travers Day, sped four panels in :48. Trainer John Kimmel has penciled in the October 8 Champagne S. (G1).
Multiple Grade 2 speedster TAR HEEL MOM (Flatter), best of the rest behind the impressive Hilda's Passion (Canadian Frontier) in the Ballerina S. (G1), smoked in :47 4/5.
Tom Fool H. (G3) and Toboggan S. (G3) hero CALIBRACHOA (Southern Image), third in the recent Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1), drilled in :48 2/5.
Westchester S. (G3) winner CAIXA ELETRONICA (Arromanches), third in the Metropolitan H. (G1) earlier this season, went in :51 1/5.
Grade 3-placed NEWSDAD (Arch), sixth in the Secretariat S. (G1), breezed in :50 2/5.
Multiple stakes victor RUSTLER HUSTLER (Ecton Park), fourth in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. (G2) and Jersey Derby in his only outings this season, motored in :48 1/5.
Multiple Grade 1-placed stakes veteran DRIVEN BY SUCCESS (Precise End), exiting a score in the Easy N Dirty S., exercised in :49 1/5.
Multiple Grade 3 scorer AILALEA (Pulpit), second in a deep third-level optional claimer at the Spa, also clocked :51 1/5.
Lucy Scribner S. victress CASCADILLA FALLS (E Dubai) completed her move in :49.
MINERALOGIST (Mineshaft), who finally revisited the winner's circle after the Saratoga Dew S., posted :48 3/5.
Grade 2-placed CLOSE ALLY (Giant's Causeway), third in an optional claimer, strode in :51 2/5.
MABOU (Dynaformer), who came off a $30,000 claim by trainer David Jacobson to win the New York Turf Writers Cup (NSA-G1), was credited with a three-furlong breeze in :38 3/5 over the fast main track at Aqueduct. The October 22 Grand National (NSA-G1) at Far Hills, New Jersey, is on tap.
"He came out of the race fine and he's doing very well here," said Jacobson, who owns the eight-year-old gelding with Drawing Away Stable.
Jacobson said he was hoping to get a race into Mabou at Belmont Park prior to the Grand National, which is 2 5/8 miles over national fences.
"Hopefully there will be a race for him in late September or early October," said Jacobson. "The only trouble is, a 1 1/2-mile race would be like a sprint for him."
HOT SUMMER (Malibu Moon), heroine of the Victory Ride S. (G3) last out as well as the Comely S. (G3) this spring, exercised a half-mile in :48.
Grade 2 veteran THIS ONES FOR PHIL (Untuttable), most recently sixth in the Smile Sprint H. (G2), covered five panels in 1:01 4/5.
C C'S PAL (Alex's Pal), unplaced twice since taking the Monmouth Beach S., finished up in 1:02 2/5.
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