The Nashua was preceded on the card by the Grade 3, $250,000 Tempted, a race for 2-year-old fillies won by odds-on favorite Stopchargingmaria. Both races were contested at one mile.
“He keeps improving,” said jockey Luis Saez, who also rode Cairo Prince in his debut race. “Today, he was impressive. On the turn, he wanted to run, so I let him, and he was flying.”
Cairo Prince, owned by Namcook Stables, Paul Braverman, Harvey A. Clarke, W. Craig Robertson, III, earned $150,000 for his Nashua victory. His bankroll now stands at $192,000.
Stopchargingmaria, the 4-5 favorite in the Tempted, delivered a creditable performance, taking the lead on the far turn and drawing away under Javier Castellano’s hand in the stretch. (Jon Forbes)
• Jeremiah Englehart, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia, began competing regularly on the NYRA circuit in the autumn of 2011 and has seen the move pay off handsomely in 2013.
With Ria Antonia’s Breeders’ Cup victory via disqualification, the 2-year-old filly has surpassed King Kreesa, a New York-bred turf horse who has won three stakes at Belmont in 2013, as the Englehart barn’s top earner this year ($1,156,140 vs. $413,000).
“If you would have told me two weeks ago that a horse in my barn would have had more earnings that King Kreesa, I would have laughed,” said Englehart, who also competes at Finger Lakes Racetrack. “It’s an exciting time for both me and my clients.”
Although Ria Antonia was beaten six lengths in the Grade 1 Frizette in October at Belmont Park, her connections remained undeterred with their plans to compete in the Breeders’ Cup.
“We learned a lot of things when we ran her in the Frizette, and we thought she still had a chance to do well in the Breeders’ Cup,” said Englehart. “We learned what type of horse we have.”
• Romansh kicked off the graded stakes schedule at Aqueduct Racetrack’s fall meet in impressive fashion on Saturday with a victory over Norumbega in the 69th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds.
The victory was the second in a stakes for Romansh, who was placed first in the Curlin on July 26 at Saratoga Race Course.
Following a sixth-place effort in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on September 21, the Bernardini colt was given a brief freshening.
“We were rebuilding,” said Pedro Mateo, assistant to winning trainer Tom Albertrani, for Romansh, for whom Godolphin Stable paid $750,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton yearling sales at Saratoga. “We always thought he was a nice horse and now he’s maturing.”
With a record of 3-0-1 from seven starts, all in 2013, Romansh has now earned $283,580. (Jenny Kellner)