Yo Cuz Seeks Fourth Consecutive NYSSS Park Avenue Attendance Score
OZONE PARK, NY – Yo Cuz of Dream Maker Racing brings a three-fight winning streak, all in play, to the $200,000 Park Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series, a 6 1/2 main track sprint furlong for newly eligible York sophomore fillies on the closing day of the Spring Meet at Aqueduct Racecourse.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the Laoban Bay made his four Big A career starts, graduating in style on second call, traveling door to door to capture the Great White Way of $500,000 NYSSS of seven furlongs by 1 3/ 4-lengths on December 18th.
Bred in the Empire State by Seidman Stables, Yo Cuz, out of Tale of Ekati mare Steve’s Philly, followed with similar scores against other state breeders during Maddie May in February, taking the mile of a 3 1/4-length ride before a final 5 1/4-length outing on March 27 in the seven-stadia East View.
The $125,000 purchase of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale ran a half-mile in 49.27 on the Belmont dirt training track on Saturday.
“She came out of the East View in great shape. She’s moving straight ahead and on schedule. She’s done some good work and she’s doing well,” said Dream Maker Racing’s Tom Gallo. “You have to take advantage of the New York Stallion stakes, it’s a $200,000 purse. Hopefully she continues to improve and can win. It’s been a great aqueduct and we hope to close it in beauty.
Yo Cuz improved his Beyer Speed on every start, earning an 80 for his East View score. Gallo said the steady progression is a testament to the patient approach the team took with the talented bay.
“She is improving steadily and she is a young horse. She only started racing in November and won the big race in December,” Gallo said. “We just don’t think the numbers she’s running at the moment justify taking those big leaps. Everyone wants to win the Oaks or the Derby but we’re trying to develop the horse and give him the physical maturity and the confidence and to evolve with each race.
“We are going step by step and in the last two races she has improved her behavior,” added Gallo. “She has become more professional when it comes to passing Belmont and stands in the paddock. She carries a good weight and seems to be getting better with every run and that’s what we like to see.
Jose Ortiz, on board for all four starts, will retain the inside post mount. Gallo credited Ortiz with the decision to take command early in her three wins, but said the filly didn’t necessarily need the lead.
“I think that’s how it’s been the last three races. Nobody took the lead, so Jose took control of the lead and cut it down,” Gallo said. “I don’t think she needs to be in the lead. It’s just the continuity of having the same rider on the filly and he has a lot of confidence in her and really likes the filly. It’s a good team. »
Bran Jam Stable and David W. Clark’s Kisses for Emily graduated in style for the final time, posting a one-length rally score over returning rival Starship Laoban in the six stadia of Society Hill on March 8 in Parx .
Trained by Louis C. Linder, Jr., the chestnut Union Jackson, bred in the Empire State by Sequel Stallions and Lakland Farm, boasts a 6-1-1-2 record.
Dylan Davis retains the post 2 mount.
The Starship Laoban of Morris E. Kernan, Jr. and Jagger Inc. sailed from Society Hill to win an optional sprint seven furlongs by 7 1/4 in length on April 5 at Parx. The dark bay Laoban daughter, bred in New York by Mustang Farms, sports a 7-3-2-1 record.
Ruben Silvera will start from position 6.
Bank On Anna of WellSpring Stables, a black bay central banker raised in New York by Lou Corrente, finished fifth as a maiden in the Great White Way. She followed that up with a six-length run on Kisses for Emily in a state-bred six furlong maiden special weight here on January 22, and left that effort to score a half-length rallying score in a optional six stadia high by the state. claiming March 18 at Aqueduct.
Bank On Anna will come out of position 5 under Jose Lezcano.
To complete the field, the first Gray Tormenta winners [post 3, Javier Castellano] and Galaxina [post 7, Trevor McCarthy]as well as the Celebrity News girl [post 4, Manny Franco]who adds blinders.
NYSSS Park Avenue is scheduled as Race 3 on Sunday’s nine-race card, which also includes the $100,000 silver memorabilia in Race 8. The first post is at 1:20 p.m. EST.
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