Take a look below to see a recap of both Great Lady M and Dwyer Stakes Recap, the celebrations of July 4th are over and the festivities of the weekend have drawn to a close, but there were still some fireworks on Monday as some of the country’s promising young horses lined up in the Dwyer Stakes and Great Lady Maiden.
First Captain in Fine Form for the Dwyer Stakes
First Captain expanded on his 100% winning record at the Dwyer Stakes; doing exactly what was expected of him as he claimed the majority of the $250,000 purchase.
First Captain went off as the 2/5 favorite with Jose Ortiz on board. He dropped back early on and settled toward the rear, eyeing the pack as Ridin with Biden pushed out in front over the fast ground; setting the pace through fractional times of 23.47 and 46.67.
Ridin with Biden remained uncontested throughout much of the race but First Captain came on late; setting a fraction of 1:11.04 and finishing the race in 1:36.19, 1 and ¾ lengths ahead of the long-time leader. Ridin with Biden returned a good price and was 5.20 for the place with Snow House, Gershwin, and Civil War rounding off the field of 6 behind.
It was a relatively comfortable win for First Captain in the end. The horse that was purchased for $1.5 million as a yearling now moves onto $237,600 in career earnings. His previous wins came at a Maiden Special Weight and an Allowance (also at Belmont Race Course) and after stepping up at the Dwyer Stakes; he’s clearly ready for bigger and better things.
We should be seeing a lot more of First Captain in the near future.
- First Captain – 2/5
- Ridin with Biden – 11/1
Gamine Wins by 10 Lengths in the Great Lady M Stakes
Gamine was the heavy favorite going into the Great Lady M Stakes; with eager punters backing the 4-year-old filly down to 1/5. But she still had to go out there and win the race, and fortunately for those backers, she managed to do that with ease.
With John Velazquez on board, Gamine set the early pace through fractional times of 21.61 and 44.32, keeping Edgeway and Bella Vita in close attendance.
The race was still a contest at this point, but that didn’t last long. Gamine looked very comfortable over the fast ground and the Bob Baffert-trained horse began to pull away into the final stretch; setting a final fraction of 1:08.40. She opened up a massive lead and under the wire, she was a clear 10 lengths ahead of her rivals.
The race time was 1:14.98, roughly half a second off the record set by Finest City in 2016.
Bella Vita finished back in second with Road Rager a neck behind in third. These two horses were actually the race’s long shots, and yet they comfortably beat the second favorite Edgeway (3/1) by 9 lengths.
The win marks Gamine’s 3rd successive victory of 2021 and it is the 8th of her career.
- Gamine – 1/5
- Bella Vita – 22/1
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