Owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, New Money Honey was the convincing winner of Sunday's Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park, exploding down the stretch to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths on the wire. The juvenile daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, ridden by Javier Castellano, covered 1 1/16 miles over the yielding turf course in 1:44.58 for trainer Chad Brown.
“I thought she got a lot out of her first race,” Brown said. “I think the horse that won her debut is quite a nice filly as well. It was her third start versus our filly's debut and at Saratoga [Race Course] it's a lot to ask a horse going two turns first time out. I thought for the most part she handled it well. She moved forward dramatically in her two breezes after her debut. It gave us enough confidence to start her here. After she got defeated in her first race, I hadn't thought about bringing her to the Miss Grillo. She dragged me here with her last two workouts.”
Settled in good position early on, New Money Honey stayed in the clear going in fourth to track a slow pace all the way around the backstretch. Joust was the leader for the first part of the race, setting fractions of :25.99 and :51.57 while she was tracked by Rymska just three-quarters of a length off the lead. Race-favorite Coasted was right alongside New Money Honey tucked in on the rail. Rounding into the far turn, Rymska pulled even with Joust to mount her challenge.
Joust drifted out just enough to leave room along the rail for Coasted, but New Money Honey was flying three wide under Castellano. Rymska made a valiant effort to go with New Money Honey, squeezing Joust just a bit, but the latter filly was much the best, drawing away late to win by about two lengths on the wire. Rymska would settle for second, with Coasted along the rail for third. Create A Dream nailed Joust on the wire for fourth.
“She was in a good position today,” Castellano said. “She found a good spot. She's so strong. You don't know what you have until you try. I liked the way she did it and I think Mr. Brown put her in the right position to succeed.”
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, New Money Honey was a $450,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase. Second in her only career start prior to the Miss Grillo, the filly had been kept wide in a tough trip in the maiden special weight event. She now boasts a record of one win from two starts, with earnings of $130,000.
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