Harvey’s Lil Goil retains European Lemista import at Beaugay – Horse Racing News
After a very successful sophomore campaign that saw her finish third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Harvey’s Lil Goil made a successful return to racing on Saturday, preventing European import Lemista from winning the Grade 3 , $ 150,000 Beaugay for fillies and older mares at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY, half length in its seasonal debut.
Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Level 1 Challenge Cup last year at Keeneland, Harvey’s Lil Goil hadn’t raced since her surprise third place finish in the 2020 Filly & Mare Turf in November at Keeneland, where she raced just missed a neck to Audarya. At the age of 3, American Pharoah’s daughter also won the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill Downs and finished second at the Dueling Ground Oaks at Kentucky Downs in a productive year that started on dirt for Hall of Fame Coach Bill Mott.
Coming off the rail in Beaugay, covered 1 1/16 miles on Belmont’s indoor turf course, Harvey’s Lil Goil was clearly fresh as she leapt out of the door under Junior Alvarado, who braked her for s’ sit in second while Platinum Paynter took control of the first advance and proceeded to establish ice divisions of 26 seconds flat for the opening quarter mile, 50.93 for the half and 1:15, 28 for three quarters on the grass considered good.
The tempo picked up noticeably as the compact pack of six rounded the far turn, with harassing Harvey’s Lil Goil placing her neck in front of Platinum Paynter as they completed the turn, as Nay Lady Nay and Civil Union, fifth in the Breeders of last year ‘Cup Filly and Mare Turf, lined up to take their photos outside.
Lemista emerged from cover along the inside and threatened to spoil Harvey’s Lil Goil comeback night in the stretch. With an eighth of a mile to go, Harvey’s Lil Goil had pulled away to establish a sizable advantage, but Lemista cut that margin with each stride, progressing gradually throughout the final half-lap before running out of ground late and pulling back. be satisfied with the second. behind his chic enemy.
“There was a point around the half-mile pole where I checked to see where I was with my filly,” Alvarado said. “At that point, I understood when I was going to pick it up. If I was going to worry, it would come from someone from behind. It was a great race for his return.
“She’s one of those fillies I’ve been waiting for all winter,” added the winning rider. “I’m glad she’s back and won today. I still think she wasn’t 100%, but she was good enough to beat this group today. She is a superb filly to see again and I can’t wait to be with her this year.
Owned by the estate of Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Harvey’s Lil Goil notched his fifth victory in 10 career starts, surpassing his bankroll by $ 800,000. She returned $ 4.30 on a winning bet of $ 2 as the favorite and covered the distance in 1: 43.44, an effort that may well set her up for a potential start in Grade 2, $ 750,000 in New York City. Belmont Stakes week, Mott said. .
“This is how we thought it would play out on paper,” Mott said. “The horse that was on a leash was in the lead. When she felt these horses coming from behind her, she kept them safe. It looked like she still had something in the tank.
Making her North American debut for Brown and owner Peter Brant, Lemista suffered a loss as she nearly overcame a slow early pace under Irad Ortiz, Jr. Ireland. She finished three lengths for the sake of Platinum Paynter, who continued her strong run on the NYRA circuit with another finish on the board at great odds, this time in a graduated bet.
Platinum Paynter checked a nose in front of Nay Lady Nay on the wire, which was followed home by Civil Union and Thankful.
Claimed for just $ 12,500 last fall by trainer Juan Vazquez and owner of Just In Time Racing, Platinum Paynter missed a length when he was fourth in Forever Together at 82-1 to close his 2020 campaign at Aqueduct, then came back with a second place. finish at 21-1 in the Plenty of Grace on April 11 at Big A before surpassing his chances once again in Beaugay.
“She always tries hard,” said Luis Rodriguez Castro, jockey aboard Platinum Paynter. “We had a good second time last time around and now she was third. I thought she had done everything right. The other horses just pulled. I’m really happy with the way she ran. The trainer did a great job with it. She runs really well and I think she can win one of those races.
Live racing continues Sunday at Belmont with a nine-race card highlighted by the $ 100,000 Gold Fever for 3-year-olds running six stadiums on the main track. The first message is 1 p.m.
From May 1, Belmont Park reopened to a limited number of spectators. All tickets must be purchased in advance at nyra.com/belmont/tickets/.
For complete information on the health and safety protocols in effect for the Belmont Park Spring / Summer Meeting, please visit: https://www.nyra.com/belmont/visit/plan-your-visit.
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