Fox Ride Farm’s NAUGHTY NEW YORKER (Quiet American) trailed his five rivals
through the early stages of Wednesday’s $150,000
at Saratoga and uncorked his
rally on the far turn, advancing to challenge for the lead in upper stretch and
prevailing by a half-length over Carminooch (Tomorrows Cat) following a lengthy
stretch battle. Trained by Pat Kelly, the sophomore colt wound up capturing two
legs of the Big Apple Triple for New York-bred three-year-olds, adding the
Albany to a score in the Mike Lee S. at Belmont Park and a third in the New York
Derby at Finger Lakes.
Dismissed as the 7-2 third choice in the field of six, Naughty New Yorker
gave back $9.40, $4.40 and $2.80 to his supporters and keyed the $99.50 exacta
with Carminooch, who rallied from off the pace at 11-1 and paid $8.40 and $3.70.
It was another nine lengths back to Gold and Roses (Gold Token), the 5-2 second
favorite, who returned $3 and capped the $307.50 trifecta (4-3-5). Mr. Malaprop
(Distorted Humor), 2-1 favorite Blue Sunday (A. P Jet) and Accountforthegold
(Successful Appeal) rounded out the order of finish.
Blue Sunday led the way through fractions of :23 2/5, :47 1/5 and 1:11 2/5 as
the eventual winner lagged in the back, and the complexion of the race changed
dramatically leaving the far turn as a duel developed between the late runners.
Naughty New Yorker wound up finishing 1 1/8 miles over the fast Saratoga track
in 1:50 4/5.
Bred in the Empire State by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor,
Naughty New Yorker was acquired for $145,000 at the 2004 OBS March
sale and earned his first stakes win in the Damon Runyan S. last year. He placed
in the Gotham S. (G3), Whirlaway S. and Count Fleet S. against open company
earlier this season and has now earned $360,607 from a 15-4-4-3 line. He hails
from the Known Fact mare Naughty Natisha, who is also the dam of stakes winner
Pupil (Unbridled) and an unnamed 2005 colt by Lemon Drop Kid.