October 23, 2018

Maiden Beauty upsets Lynbrook on Belmont Park’s closing day to give sire Revolutionary his first winner

Maiden Beauty captured the Lynbrook Stakes while making her career debut under jockey Joel Rosario on Belmont Park's closing day, Sunday, July 15, 2018 (c) NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography

MAIDEN BEAUTY was making her racing debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Lynbrook Stakes on closing day of Belmont Park’s spring/summer meet, and subsequently exited the gate as the 22-1 longest shot on the board.

That didn’t stop the bay juvenile from romping home a 3 1/4-length winner under jockey Joel Rosario, though. Going four wide on the turn, the Gary Contessa pupil inched forward until assuming command in the lane and then drew off to stop the clock in 1:13.41 for six furlongs over the sloppy, sealed main track.

Tossup, also making her career bow in the Lynbrook, got her head in front of Midnitesalright to take second. It was another head back to 3-1 favorite She’s Trouble in fourth, and completing the order of finish were Icy Lady, Native Dawn, Princess Pinky and Positively Jean.

Maiden Beauty banked $60,000 and returned $47.60 for taking her career debut for owners Pines Stables, John J. Irwin, Paul Zysset and Sam F. Arci.

In the process, the bay lass also became sire REVOLUTIONARY‘s first winner.

The eight-year-old stallion entered stud at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, in 2015 after three seasons of racing. The dark bay didn’t break his maiden until his fourth try, which concluded his juvenile campaign, but went on as a sophomore in 2013 to take the Withers Stakes (G3) and Louisiana Derby (G2) before running third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) as the 6-1 second choice and fifth in the Belmont Stakes (G1).

Trained by Todd Pletcher throughout his career, Revolutionary was freshened for a four-year-old campaign following the Belmont Stakes. He captured his initial start in 2014, was unplaced in the Donn Handicap (G1) a month later, then traveled from Florida to Arkansas, where he just missed by three parts of a length in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2).

The WinStar Farm colorbearer had his picture taken once more in the winner’s circle following a neck victory in the Pimlico Special Stakes (G3) and concluded his racing career with a sixth-place effort in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).

Revolutionary retired with a 13-5-2-3 scorecard and $1,353,125 in lifetime earnings. He currently stands for a $5,000 fee, stands and nurses.

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With Belmont Park closing on Sunday, the racing action shifts upstate to Saratoga and will run from Friday, July 20, through Labor Day, September 3.

Trainer Chad Brown won his third consecutive spring/summer individual meet title at Belmont while jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. captured the riding title for the first time since 2014. Michael Dubb was the meet’s leading owner with 19 victories and earnings of more than $2.34 million.

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