2023 Comely Stakes Tide turns for Raging Sea

It has taken time but Raging Sea finally made her stakes breakthrough with a determined performance in the feature G3 Comely at Aqueduct on Saturday.

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Comely Stakes

G3 – purse $200,000 – 1m 1f – dirt – 3yo fillies

Raging Sea returned to the sharp form she had shown as a two-year-old when making her stakes breakthrough at Aqueduct on Saturday, toughing it out to beat Julia Shining and longshot Honor D Lady in a tight finish to the Comely.

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup third was 2-1 second-choice in a field reduced by two scratches and sat back from the boilerplate fractions set by Ichiban. Raging Sea came four wide into the stretch under Manny Franco and went to the lead with an eighth to run, but Julia Shining was rallying from even further behind and her surge looked like it might be decisive.

Raging Sea had a little left, though, and turned back the final thrust of Julia Shining to get the job done by a nose. Honor D Lady rallied on the rail to steal the show, a length and a quarter away.

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“She took a while to get her season going,” said trainer Chad Brown. “She’s a nice filly, will stay further, and hopefully she can have a full campaign next year.”

Raging Sea, a daughter of Curlin, is now three-for-seven, two of those defeats coming at G1 level at the Breeders’ Cup and in the G1 Alcibiades at Keeneland.

2023 Comely Stakes race payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Raging Sea$6.30$3.70$2.80
2. Julia Shining$6.10$3.90
3. Honor D Lady$6.70

Winning time: 1m 50.86s

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