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Wednesday, April 17
Affirmed Success gets Carter




JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Affirmed Success, an 8-year-old gelding, continued his renaissance Saturday afternoon, charging through an opening at the top of the stretch and drawing off to a one-length victory in the Grade 1, $350,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct.

Voodoo, a 41-1 longshot, rallied for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Burning Roma. Snow Ridge, the 5-2 favorite, finished ninth in the field of 10.

After equaling Rocket (1922) as the oldest horse to win the Toboggan Handicap last month, Affirmed Success became the oldest horse to win the Carter, which was being run for the 102nd time.

"He's like a great vintage wine," winning rider Richard Migliore said. "He gets better with age."

It was the 15th victory and third Grade 1 win for Affirmed Success, who pushed his career earnings to $2,096,015. He finished second in this race in 1999 and third in 2000.

"He is absolutely phenomenal, this horse," said Richard Schosberg, who trains Affirmed Success for Albert Fried. "He's always loved to train, loved to run. He's looked better in the last 30 days since the Toboggan than I've ever seen him look."

Migliore had Affirmed Success in fourth position as Rusty Spur outsprinted Snow Ridge and Here's Zealous to the lead in fractions of 21.91 and 43.46 seconds. Approaching the quarter pole, Migliore sent Affirmed Success after the lead, and he took command turning for home. Though he finished the last furlong in 13.76 seconds, Affirmed Success had more than enough to hold off Voodoo.

Affirmed Success covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.84 and returned $11.40 to win.

"He really accelerated off the turn," Migliore said.

Roman Dancer wins Bay Shore
Roman Dancer, a New York-bred based in Southern California, made a triumphant homecoming Saturday, rallying from seventh place to win the Grade 3, $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over Warners. It was a head back to Monthir. Listen Here, the 9-5 favorite, finished sixth.

Under Kent Desormeaux, Roman Dancer settled into seventh position while Listen Here, Warners, and Whatasaint dueled through fractions of 21.91 and 44.17 seconds .

Desormeaux made a six-wide move on Roman Dancer turning for home and collared the game Warners inside the sixteenth pole. Roman Dancer, trained by Chris Paasch for Lorraine and Rod Rodriguez, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.21 and returned $8.50.

"The track was a little quick today, and there was a lot of speed in there so I told Kent let him break real sharp and if they want to go, let them go," Paasch said. "This horse is learning to rate, as you can see, really well. By doing what he's doing we have a good miler here, minimum a good miler."

Paasch said it would be unrealistic to consider the Kentucky Derby for Roman Dancer. He said he would most likely point Roman Dancer to the Big Apple Triple, a series of races for New York-breds that begins with the Mike Lee Handicap at Belmont on June 29.

Yankee Gentleman tosses Bailey
Bridge-jumpers took it on the chin again Saturday when heavy favorite Yankee Gentleman stumbled at the start of the fourth race, unseating jockey Jerry Bailey. Of $208,576 wagered to show, $182,742 was bet on Yankee Gentleman.

Personable Pete won the race, returning $32 to win and $28 to show. Lord ofthe Thunder finished second and paid $14.20 to show, while Giaco ran third and paid $33.80 to show.

Neither Yankee Gentleman nor Bailey was injured.

* Griffinite, winner of last year's Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland, won a third-level allowance race by a head over For Love and Honor. Griffinite ($6.50) covered the mile in 1:35.41.

* William Schilling of Brentwood, N.Y., cashed in a mystery mutuel voucher worth $10,000 at Aqueduct. It is the biggest voucher ever redeemed in New York. Mystery mutuel vouchers totaling $2.3 million were mailed out to fans around the country by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

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