Riposte remained in top form on Saturday at Belmont Park with a 1 ¼-length victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 New York, a 1 ¼-mile turf race for fillies and mares.
Victorious in Belmont's Grade 2, 1 3/8-mile Sheepshead Bay on May 22, Riposte was favored at 6-5 today to wrap up her Belmont spring/summer meet campaign with a second graded stakes victory.
Riposte set a dawdling pace in the Sheepshead Bay but used different tactics in the New York, racing in fourth through fractions of 49.86 seconds for a half-mile and three-quarters in 1:13.32 while being kept in the clear by jockey Joel Rosario. She began to inch her way to the leader with three furlongs to travel and claimed the lead while racing three-wide into the stretch, getting the jump on 3-2 second choice Tannery.
Never touched with the whip, Riposte spurted clear from the early leaders while staying well clear of Tannery, who finished second, three lengths clear of Viva Rafaela.
Riposte completed the distance in 1:59.71 and paid $4.60 for a $2 win wager.
“Last time, there was no speed, said Rosario. “Today, I just let her run her race. I rode her in Florida when she came from off the pace. She can do anything. She's a little filly, but it looks like she can do a lot of things. I tried to get on the outside. I didn't want to be caught wide, but I wanted a clean trip and not get stuck inside. She got the job done today.”
Riposte, who won the 2013 Group 2 Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot in England as a 3-year-old, was sent to the United States and placed in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott by owner/breeder Juddmonte Farms for her 4-year-old campaign.
Prior to her efforts in the Sheepshead Bay and New York, the daughter of Dansili was second in the Grade 3 Suwannee River in February at Gulfstream Park, third in the Grade 3 Hillsborough in March at Tampa Bay Downs, and second in an allowance in April at Keeneland. All three of those races were contested at 1 1/8 miles.
“I think the longer distances have probably helped her,” said Mott. “She broke a little slow, so she was fourth instead of second or third, but she was still within range of the leaders. She rated very nicely and kicked very well. She punched pretty good off a slow pace.”
It was the second straight New York win for Mott, who won last year's edition with Starformer, who also is owned by Juddmonte Farms. Mott also won the 2005 New York with Wend.
Overall, Riposte is 4-3-1 in 11 starts. She has earned $460,968, including $120,000 for her New York victory.
Scampering, Gathering, and Inimitable Romanee completed the order of finish.
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