Saturday, November 9, 2013
Inimitable Romanee wins Long Island Handicap
NEW YORK -- Inimitable Romanee pulled a 28-1 upset with a front-running victory Saturday in the $200,000 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares on the turf at Aqueduct.
The longest price in the field, the gray 5-year-old held off Tabreed by a length for her first stakes victory, and third win in 20 starts. Chris DeCarlo was aboard for trainer Graham Motion as the 5-year-old ran 1½ miles in 2:34.28 on the course rated good.
Inimitable Romanee paid $58.50, $19.80 and $9.60. Tabreed returned $6.90 and $4.10 while Left a Message paid $3.10 to show.
The Long Island was one of the few races jockey Javier Castellano didn't win at the Big A as Anjaz, his mount in the race, was scratched. He went 6 for 7, equaling the New York Racing Association record for victories on a card.
The now-retired Ramon Dominguez was last the rider to tie the mark in 2012 at Saratoga. The feat has been accomplished 20 times at either Aqueduct, Saratoga, Belmont Park or the defunct Jamaica Race Course.