by Brian Bohl & Heather Pettinger
Uni capitalized on a drop in class and cutback in distance, rallying in the stretch to post a one-length score in the fourth running of the $100,000 Plenty of Grace, carded as Race 3, for older fillies and mares at one mile on the turf Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Owned by Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables, Uni stayed off Stallion Heiress’ fractions of 24.40 for the quarter-mile and 47.92 for the half on the firm outer turf. Out of the final turn, jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. set down the English-bred, overtaking Stallion Heiress from the outside to hit the wire in 1:33.42, breaking the previous course record of 1:35.15 set by Fire Away on April 8.
He [Brown] knows his horses. He told me last year, she wasn’t always breaking good, but today she broke good and I got a perfect trip,” Ortiz said.