NEW YORK — Bavaro scored another win for Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells in the $150,000 Great White Way Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.
Bavaro, a gray colt named for the tight end on two of Parcell’s Super Bowl winning teams with the New York Giants, improved to 2-for-2 in the stakes for New York bred 2-year-olds.
Bavaro charged right to the front with Manny Franco aboard and dictated the pace in a 3 3/4-length win over 1-5 favorite Gold for the King.
“He’s a tough horse, that’s why he’s named Bavaro,” winning trainer Gary Sciacca said. “He’s a big, good looking runner where nothing bothers him. He’s like a bull.”
The victory was worth $90,000 to Parcells’ August Dawn Farm.
The time was 1:11.16 for the six furlongs over the track rated good.
Bavaro, the 7-2 second choice, paid $9.90, $3 and $2.30.
Gold for the King returned $2.10 and $2.10.
It was another 8 1/4 lengths back to third-place finisher Remstin who paid $3.30 to show.
Also on the card, War Story was the commanding 7 3/4-length winner of the $125,000 Queens County Stakes, paying $8.40 to win.
OCEANPORT, N.J. — Funtastic led all the way in a 23-1 upset Saturday in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Chad Brown, the Eclipse Award winner the last two years as the nation’s leading trainer, got his third victory in the New Jersey’s biggest turf race. He won with Big Blue Kitten in 2013 and 2015.
The U.N. and the $1 million Haskell on July 29 are the two Grade 1 stakes at Monmouth.
Brown saddled four of the nine runners in the U.N. and ran 1-2 as Money Multiplier rallied to finish a half length behind Funtastic and jockey Antonio Gallardo.
The other two Brown horses were Silverwave (fifth) and Kurilov (eighth).
The time was 2:12.36 for 1 3/8 miles over the firm course.
Funtastic paid $48, $15.80 and $8.60. Money Multiplier, the 2-1 favorite, returned $4 and $2.80.
Bigger Picture, last year’s U.N. winner, was third, paying $5.80 to show.
TORONTO (AP) Wonder Gadot won the 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate on Saturday at hot and muggy Woodbine Racetrack.
The 3-year-old filly beat Aheadbyacentury by five lengths, running 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.26 in the first jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown.
John Velazquez rode the winner for owner Gary Barner and trainer Mark Casse.
Wonder Gadot is the second straight filly to win the event, following Holy Helena, and the fourth in eight years.
Cooler Mike was third in the 16-horse field.
The other Triple Crown races are the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes on July 24 on Fort Erie Racetrack’s dirt course and the $400,000 Breeder’s Stakes turf race at Woodbine on Aug. 18.