by NYRA Press Office
Fourstar Crook took the lead from pacesetter Fahan Mura in midstretch and had just enough left to stave off a furious late rally from her stablemate, 1-2 favorite Sistercharlie, to win Friday’s 75th edition of the Grade 2, $600,000 New York presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., Fourstar Crook was content to race amid a tightly packed bunch as Fahan Mura shot to the fore and ran the opening quarter-mile in 23.12 as she opened up as many as 10 lengths on longshot Esquisse, who herself was 15 lengths ahead of Snowy Winter, running in third, and the rest. Fahan Mura and Esquisse still led by eight on the far turn, with the mile going in 1:34.56, but their lead began quickly evaporating as Fourstar Crook, Daddys Lil Darling and Mom’s On Strike were revving up on the outside.
“The speed horses opened up way too much, so I didn’t pay attention to that,” said Ortiz. “I just rode my filly. She was comfortable, so I didn’t try to do anything crazy. I kept her covered up, saving ground, like the owner and Chad wanted.”
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