Hit It Rich, Mystical Star top Long Island
Hit It Rich ended her 2011 campaign with her first graded stakes win in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. The gray mare will try and end 2012 on a similar note when the $150,000 fixture over 1 1/2 miles on turf is renewed Saturday.
After last year's Long Island triumph, Hit It Rich continued to show consistent form in many of the top long-distance turf races in her division. In addition to scores in the Grade 3 Orchid at Gulfstream and Grade 3 Glens Falls at Saratoga this term, the five-year-old also placed in the Grade 3 Suwannee River, Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay, and Grade 2 New York.
Juddmonte homebred Starformer, whose biggest win stateside came in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park, should be on the pace along with Hit It Rich as they break from the two inside posts. Starformer exits a fourth in the Spinster.
Group 3 winner Tanner, third in the Grade 1 Garden City in her U.S. bow, adds Lasix after trailing throughout in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. French import Aigue Marine has mostly completed at the provincial courses, but did register a listed stakes win against males in late August over soft ground. Clarinet goes here off a 10-1 upset of the Flaming Page at Woodbine, while Senada enters off a modest fourth in her title defense of the October 21 Dowager at Keeneland.
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