NEW YORK — Green Mask ended a lengthy losing streak with a 2 ¼-length victory Friday in the $90,000 allowance feature for turf sprinters at Belmont Park.
Winless in his previous 12 races, Green Mask was strongly favored at 2/5 against five rivals. Those dozen starts were all stakes races, and this was a class drop.
The 5-year-old gelding trained by Brad Cox and jockey John Velazquez were bottled up in traffic at the top of the stretch. Once an opening materialized, Green Mask darted through for his fourth win in 18 starts.
The time was 1:08.01 for the six furlongs.
Green Mask paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.
Simon Bar Sinister nosed out Bold Thunder for the place spot, returning $7.90 and $4.90.
Bold Thunder, the longest price in the field at 43-1, paid $7.20 to show.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.
Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.
“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.
The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.
Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.