Hieroglyphics surges late to take $100,000 Better Talk Now S.
Hieroglyphics’ big move in the final furlong carried the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile to his first stakes win in Monday’s $100,000 Better Talk Now S. at Saratoga.
The bay colt has won three of his last four starts and has finished worse than second only once in seven career turf starts while earning $164,272 for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.
The Better Talk Now’s outcome wasn’t decided until very late. Hieroglyphics was fourth after the first half-mile, when he began inching close to the lead. He was boxed in behind horses around the final turn, and it wasn’t until John Velazquez swung him four-wide in mid-stretch that he had clear running.
With a swift turn of foot, he forged to the lead and held off deep closer Small Bear by a neck in 1:33.69 for the mile on the firm turf. The time was less than a half-second off the track record.
“We talked about strategy before the race and we were hoping to just sit off the front,” said Velazquez. “When it unfolded at the break, I was able to do just that and get towards the rail, which was perfect. I got to bide my time there and make sure they saw me behind the other horses. When I tipped him out, he was electric and full of run.”
Eclipse purchased the winner for $450,000 as a 2-year-old at the OBS March Sale. The colt is from the immediate family of Kona Gold, a champion sprinter who won nine graded stakes and nearly $2.3 million.
Ginger N Rye delivers powerhouse performance in Smart N Fancy S.
Ginger N Rye became More Than Ready’s newest stakes winner on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a near track-record effort in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy S.
Ginger N Rye was in sixth for the first half-mile of the 5 1/2-furlong contest, then flew through the stretch with an incredible move, winning by 1 3/4-lengths in 1:00.75, just a fifth of a second off the track record.
The Sagamore Farm homebred upped her earnings to $294,973 and is 5-6-0 in her 16 starts. Ginger N Rye’s dam La Milanesa is a sister to millionaire Grade 2 winner Bowman’s Band.
Ginger N Rye is More Than Ready’s eighth North American stakes winner this year. His runners have now earned more than $4 million in 2017.
Tiznow’s Enstone earns first graded win in Ontario Colleen (G3)
Enstone found an opening along the rail and surge to the front en route to victory in the $125,000 Ontario Colleen S. (G3) Sunday on the Woodbine turf course.
The win was the first in a graded stakes for the 3-year-old Tiznow filly, who also scored in the $225,000 Bison City S. and $125,000 Fury S. earlier this year, both over Woodbine’s synthetic main surface.
Sunday’s one-mile contest wasn’t without drama for the winner. After a clean start, she tucked into third along the rail and held that spot through the first half-mile, when had to check back going into the turn.
Patrick Husbands quickly got his mount back into stride, just waiting for an opening to make her run. When R Naja drifted out coming into the stretch, Enstone shot through the gap, rallying strongly to win full of run in 1:34.28 on the firm turf.
“She’s just a nice horse. She ran well at two, she’s run hard at three. We’ll see, she’s probably going to get a rest now,” said trainer Mark Casse. “What can you say? She runs on the synthetic, she runs on the turf, she can do anything.”
Enstone is owned by East West Stables and is now 4-5-0 in 12 starts and has earned $406,303. She was bred by William Graham.
Tiznow is the sire of 13 stakes horses this year and had an excellent final weekend of August with Can You Diggit a solid second in the $250,000 Albany S. and Irap a troubled third in the $1.25 million Travers S. (G1).