NEW YORK — Ancient Secret rallied to beat Thundering Sky by a head Sunday in the $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont Park.
The undefeated chestnut trained by Chad Brown passed two important tests. This was her first stakes race, and the first try in open company after easily beating New York breds in two previous starts.
Ancient Secret and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. rallied four wide at the top of the stretch and closed relentlessly to nip Thundering Sky, who had grabbed the lead turning for home.
The time was 1:33.92 for the mile on the firm course.
Ancient Secret paid $8.30, $5 and $3.50 as the 3-1 second choice. Thundering Sky returned $12.60 and $8.10, and Welcoming paid $4.20 to show. Ava’s Kitten, also trained by Brown, was fourth as the 2-1 favorite.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.
Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.
The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.
“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”
NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.
The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.
The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.
Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.