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Jockey Jose Ortiz wins a pair of $125,000 stakes at Aqueduct

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NEW YORK —¬†Jockey Jose Ortiz won a pair of $125,000 stakes on Friday at Aqueduct.

Ortiz guided Loki’s Vengeance to a 7 1/4-length victory over Becker’s Galaxy in the New York Stallion Stakes.

The 5-year-old trained by Mike Hushion set the pace in the commanding win, his seventh in 22 starts. He paid $8.90 to win.

The time was 1:23.20 for the seven furlongs.

The finish was tighter in the Winter Memories for 3-year-old fillies on the turf as Ortiz guided My Impression to a rallying half length victory over Sassy Little Lila.

My Impression improved to 5-0-1 in nine starts for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. She paid $7.50 to win as the 5-2 favorite.

Ortiz lost his bid for a stakes hattrick when Wilburnmoney ran sixth in the $100,000 Key Cents Stakes for 2-year-old fillies bred in New York.

Filibustin was the winner with Jose Lezcano aboard. She beat Overnegotiate by three lengths to keep her record unblemished at 3 for 3.

Trained by Greg Sacco, Filibustin paid $8.50 to win.

The time was 1:12.50 for the six furlongs.

Green Gratto by a head in Aqueduct’s Toboggan Stakes

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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.

Lockdown wins by 2 1/2 lengths in Aqueduct’s Busanda Stakes

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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.