Saturday, July 18, 2009
Alcomo turns tables in Greenwood
By Joseph Swavy
Daily Racing Form
Alcomo was unable to stay with Eldaafer and Nite Light six weeks ago in the slop in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park, but he had no trouble with those rivals Saturday in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park.
The victory in the 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup, a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race, assured Alcomo a spot in the Nov. 7 BC Marathon at Santa Anita.
Alcomo ($13.20), with Willie Martinez in the saddle, was content to bide his time early as Luna Park set the early pace while being pressed by Eldaafer through a mile in 1:43.76. Alcomo moved toward the front approaching the final turn and was a head behind Eldaafer, when Eldaafer made the lead at the quarter pole.
Alcomo took the lead in the stretch and drew clear by 1 3/4 lengths over Alaazo, who came from last after a mile to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Eldaafer. The final time over a fast track was 2:31.88.
Nite Light, the 3-10 favorite in the six-horse field, stalked the pace from the rail, made a bid into the final turn, but came up empty, finishing fifth.
Nite Light took $53,772 of the $63,079 in the show pool, leading to show payouts of $16.40, $14.60, and $10.80.
Alcomo, a 6-year-old Brazilian-bred, is owned by Abdul Rahman Al Jasmi Racing and trained by Eduardo Caramori.
Peppy Addy: Neeyo all the way
Neeyo broke on top and led all the way when making his first stakes start in the seven-furlong, $75,000 Peppy Addy for registered Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-olds.
Neeyo, with jockey Jose Flores up, repelled a bid by 9-5 favorite Gus Who on the turn and then opened up through the stretch to score by 4 3/4 lengths. He completed the distance on a fast track in 1:22.57.
Gus Who finished second, two lengths in front of St John's Gospel.
Neeyo, who returned $10.60 as the third choice in the wagering, came into the race off a victory in a six-furlong, $40,000 maiden claiming race in his second start. He is trained by Dee Curry and owned by Ghost Pines.
Caught in the Rain: 'Haven' draws off
Sky Haven pulled away from Puddy de Luca in midstretch on her way to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 Caught in the Rain for registered Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old fillies.
Sky Haven ($4), the favorite in a field reduced to five after six scratches, stayed about a length behind Puddy de Luca until making a move on the turn of the seven-furlong race. The pair matched strides until midstretch, when Sky Haven edged clear under jockey John Velazquez. Puddy de Luca held second by 9 1/4 lengths over Ms Mia.
Sky Haven, by Sky Mesa, covered the distance in 1:22.36. She improved her record to 3-3-1 in 7 starts for owner Elite Racing Company and trainer Steve Asmussen.