Owned and trained by Derek Ryan, Irish Jasper began her career last fall at Parx Racing, where she won a $25,000 maiden claimer by 8 ½ lengths.
On her way back to New York, Ryan elected to run his talented filly in the five-furlong Stormy Blues on turf at Pimlico, but she could only manage a distant fourth-place finish after a troubled beginning.
“I sort of stopped by Pimlico on the way back from Tampa and got a good five-eighths work on the turf in her,” said Ryan.
Sent off as a 13-1 outsider in the field of five, Irish Jasper put away her better regarded foes convincingly, cruising home to a one-length victory under Kendrick Carmouche, who was aboard for her maiden win.
Irish Jasper upped her career bankroll to $135,800.
Perchance, the 7-5 favorite trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, survived a long inquiry to remain in second place. Lakeside Sunset finished third, 4 ¼ lengths in front of graded stakes winner Paulassilverlining. Lindisfarne completed the order of finish.
Jacobson, Cruz win Spring meet titles
Trainer David Jacobson and jockey Angel Cruz each began the 19-day Aqueduct Racetrack Spring meet with a hot start and both cruised to the finish line to win their respective titles as the meet came to a close on Sunday at the Big A.
Jacobson, who collected his third consecutive training title on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, continued his dominance on the Aqueduct main track, primarily in claiming races. Jacobson sent out 13 winners from 45 starters at the stand, good for a 28.8 percent win rate, while earning $490,011 in purses.
Kiaran McLaughlin and Chad Brown dead-heated for second with eight victories. McLaughlin’s meet included a major triumph in the Grade 1, $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial, which he won with Kentucky Derby hopeful Frosted.
Brown’s Spring meet was anchored by 3-year-old colt March’s victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore.
Angel Cruz, with 20 wins, earned his first-ever meet title on the NYRA circuit, holding off Irad Ortiz, Jr. who finished in second with 20 wins and Manuel Franco in third with 19. With the majority of his mounts on Jacobson horses, Cruz dominated the claiming races en route to his first meet title.
Jacobson also ended the meet as leading owner at the stand followed by Michael Dubb and Godolphin Stable.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local community leaders and New York Racing Association Chairman Anthony Bonomo officially kicked off the new Belmont Park racing season on Wednesday afternoon.
The annual, 59-day Belmont Spring/Summer meet features thoroughbred action and a wide array of special events. Highlighted by the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival encompassing three days of world-class stakes racing, the festival will culminate with the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 6; the oldest and longest leg of racing’s elusive Triple Crown.