Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Dacita was the three-quarter-length winner of Friday's Grade 2 New York Stakes, topping a Chad Brown-trained trifecta in the Belmont Park event, out-finishing her stablemates Sea Calisi and Guapaza in second and third, respectively. The 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy covered 10 furlongs on the firm turf in 2:01.46, giving jockey Irad Ortiz his third win on the card.
“All three horses ran terrific, so that makes the trainer happy,” laughed Brown. “Sea Calisi, unfortunately, didn't get a great trip inside. I felt like if she could have gotten clear maybe she would have had a better kick than she showed but that's turf racing, especially in a short field with moderate pace. I thought she fired, as did Dacita. It was nice to see her get back on track.”
Near the rear of the field in the early going, Dacita relazed well for Ortiz, settling in along the rail just in front of her favored stablemate Sea Calisi. Photo Call took the lead all alone, attempting to take the race through very steady early fractions of :25.05, :50.31 and :1:15.23. She had a lead of about two lengths down the backstretch, while Guapaza tracked her steadily from second. Nearing the head of the lane, Guapaza closed with a rush to take the lead briefly.
Sea Calisi was full of run but hunting a seam along the rail, while Ortiz had chosen the over-land route for Dacita, angling her widest of the field for her final run. With just 150 yards to run, Sea Calisi burst through a hole and joined her two stablemates in a three-way rush for the wire, but it was Dacita's momentum that carried her home three-quarters of a length in front. Sea Calisi, between horses, finished a half-length in front of Guapaza. Trophee was up for fourth.
“She ran really good,” said Ortiz. “Chad brought her in ready and when I asked she was there for me and took off. Thankfully, we got to run our own race and she got a perfect trip.”
Bred in Chile by Haras Paso Nevado, Dacita began her career there with three Group 1 victories, making her first start in the US in August of 2015. She captured the Gr. 2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga, defeating champion Tepin, in her first stateside start, then finished back of the field in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. This year, she finished second in the Very One, before a troubled fourth in a tough edition of the Coolmore Jenny Wiley. Overall, her career record stands at eight wins from 14 career starts, with earnings of nearly $600,000.
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