By Frank Angst
The only doubt for trainer Chad Brown late in the $600,000 New York Stakes (G2T) was which of his 4-year-old fillies would be going to the winner’s circle June 7.
Peter Brant’s Homerique found room in the two path for a stretch rally, while stablemate Competitionofideas rallied wide. The two fillies dueled to the wire from midstretch, with even-money favorite Homerique prevailing by a neck. Homerique completed the 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares in 2:00.60 on the firm inner turf.
“I had a perfect trip from the outside post,” Ortiz, Jr. said. “Even though we don’t really like that post we worked it out good. I wasn’t so happy with the position I had when we went to the backside, so I made the decision to take a little hold, and drop in, and then get into the pack. She appreciated that. Then she came out of the pack more than in the clear. The fractions were slow, but she handled everything pretty good. She’s a very nice horse, a real professional.”