Nine years after his dam, Lisa's Booby Trap, won a stakes at Saratoga, Not That Brady will attempt to achieve some Spa stakes success of his own when he competes Friday in the $250,000 Albany for New York-bred 3-year-olds.
The 1 ⅛-mile Albany is the marquee race on New York Breeders' Showcase Day, which will feature six stakes for New York-breds. Not That Brady, the first foal out of Lisa's Booby Trap, was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Albany.
Lisa's Booby Trap garnered national media attention for her backstory as she was owned and trained by Finger Lakes-based Tim Snyder, who named the daughter of Drewman in honor of his late wife Lisa and a gentlemen's club in Florida.
She began her career with three dominant victories at Finger Lakes before winning the restricted Loudonville in 2010 at Saratoga. In two other starts at Saratoga, Lisa's Booby Trap was 10th in the 2010 Riskaverse on the turf and eighth in the 2011 restricted Rachel Alexandra. Overall, she had 10 wins in 18 starts with $182,440 in earnings. Snyder died in 2015 at the age of 59.
Friday will mark exactly one year to the day that Not That Brady, who sold for $135,000 as a yearling, debuted for a $50,000 claiming price at Saratoga. He finished fourth that day for trainer George Weaver and owner R.A. Hill Stable and was claimed by Rudy Rodriguez at the behest of owner Michael Imperio.
“The mother was Lisa's Booby Trap, so that caught my eye,” said Imperio. “I said to Rudy, 'Take a look at him, if you think he has a nice body.' Rudy liked him and we claimed him. That's basically it. He was stocky, but now he's really grown as a 3-year-old.”
Not That Brady went on to win the Damon Runyon at Aqueduct Racetrack last December for Imperio, Lianna Stables, and Rodriguez. Raymond Hill of R.A. Hill Stable bought back into Not That Brady after the colt finished second to Tax, also owned by Hill, by a head in the Grade 3 Withers in February at Aqueduct.
In his two most recent starts, Not That Brady set the pace before finishing second, missing by a half-length to Travers entrant Looking At Bikinis in an open optional claimer June 27 at Belmont Park and by 1 ¼ lengths to Bankit in the New York Derby for New York-breds July 24 at Finger Lakes.
“We're going to let [jockey Jose Lezcano] use his speed,” said Rodriguez. “That's his weapon, and I don't want to take that away from him. If he breaks good, we'll take it from there. If he doesn't break, the jockey has to make his own judgment. He has a good post, so if he breaks clean he should be near the lead or on the lead. Let's hope he breaks good, because he always kind of breaks a step slow.”
Rodriguez is hopeful Not That Brady moves forward off his second in the New York Derby, in which he was challenged early by 39-1 shot Almendro.
“I thought he ran a good race,” said Rodriguez. “He was compromised by a long shot the whole way around. I thought he was going to finish fourth instead of holding on for second. He was a little quiet in the paddock, and usually he wants to be the boss. He's been training here all summer, so, hopefully, that's good for him.”
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