With a determined drive that saw her cross the wire a half-length ahead of the field, Gerald and Susan Kresa’s Kreesie took home the first of two $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes June 24 on the Belmont Park turf.
After a clean break from post 10 in the 11-horse field, Kreesie settled early near the rear of the pack in the seven-furlong test for New York-bred 3-year-old filles, in a four-wide pursuit, as Baby Boss pushed to the front to establish the lead.
“She ran well,” Ortiz said. “They ran pretty fast for the first half of a mile. She was relaxed and comfortable. I was able to get a really nice trip. … Everything came up perfect.”
A little more than an hour later, a field of ten 3-year-old males loaded into the gate for the second of the New York Stallion Stakes.
Belleville Spring broke first from the gate to take charge of the field, led by four lengths, and set speedy fractions of :22 and :44.34 as they hit the turn.
Therapist, with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons, surged at the top of the stretch to cut an eight-length gap to three, then two, then one, caught Belleville Spring as they reached the three-quarter mark in 1:08.79, and outkicked a fast-moving Collective Effort to win by two lengths.
“He’s a New York-bred and he finally gets to enjoy his New York-bred class and see how good he is,” Irad Ortiz Jr. said.