11/09/2013 5:55PM

Aqueduct: Inimitable Romanee guilty of theft in Long Island Handicap

Joe Labozzeta/NYRA
Chris DeCarlo walked the dog early with Inimitable Romanee en route to a 28-1 score in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap.

Going into Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Long Island Handicap, Graham Motion had the only graded stakes winner in the field in Strathnaver. He had two coming out, after Inimitable Romanee stole the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon in broad daylight as the longest price of the seven fillies and mares.

Inimitable Romanee broke alertly from the rail and immediately relaxed on an easy lead for Chris DeCarlo heading into the first of three turns, while Strathnaver and Left a Message raced in closest attendance. After racing last of 10 through the early going of the Ticonderoga last time out, Inimitable Romanee loped along through the opening mlie through quarter-mile split times of 26.30, 27.32, 27.03, and 25.64 seconds. She then sealed the deal by sprinting home the last two quarter-mile segments in 23.90 and 24.09 seconds to hold off a late run from Tabreed.

“I didn’t think there was any real speed in there,” said DeCarlo. “I was pretty sure that if I made the lead, no one was going to push me because she was 25- or 26-1. My plan was all along that if I was able to make a comfortable lead, when I hit the turn I was going to open up, see how much I had left, and get as much separation between me and the rest of the field as possible. That’s how it happened. When I finally dropped her head, she gave me an unbelievable turn of foot. It was like she re-broke out of the gate. I was smiling pretty good.”

So were Inimitable Romanee’s scattered backers, who collected a $2 win mutuel of $58.50, after favorites had swept the day’s first seven races.

Left a Message and Strathnaver hung around to wind up third and fourth, followed by White Rose, Aigue Marine (the 8-5 favorite), and Sheppard’s Pie.

Inimitable Romanee, a homebred daughter of Maria’s Mon, carried 114 pounds, four less than top-weighted stablemate Strathnaver, and notched her first victory since taking a first-level allowance on July 4, 2012. She ran the 1 1/2 miles in 2:34.28 over a turf course labeled good, and improved to 3-6-5 from 20 starts.

“I was concerned with my two horses being head-to-head, but when I saw 1:20 [for six furlongs] I felt pretty comfortable,” said Motion. “She’s a deserving mare, a hard-knocking mare who deserved to win [a stakes]. She had been knocking heads with some hard-knocking fillies. It just goes to show you how tough those New York-breds have been.”



Robert Walton More than 1 year ago
Was this a "dishonest" race? Investigation? In 50 years of betting the horses, I've never seen a pace as slow as this one, and to have one horse in front all by his lonesome? Something is fishy.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
One stalker and the rest closers. Could see that one coming a mile (and 1/2) ahead.
john More than 1 year ago
what a joke as I just watched this "stakes race " for the first time. How inept are these so-called professionals that were 8 to 10 lenghts off the lead horses with no clue how slow they're actually traveling. Honestly guys, you keep this up and you'll be whipping a dead horse with no where to ride as we lose more and more of the betting public to other gambling venues that resemble more honesty for their betting dollars.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
A top pacer runs those fractions for a mile
MIKE MOBLEY More than 1 year ago
Why do other jockeys let a horse get loose on the lead , especially when others horses in the race are better? I hate it when jockeys just sit back and let one go--nobody hardly ever catches them.
wolves More than 1 year ago
good ride. It looked on paper that she could get a very easy lead. It was a question of, will the jockey take advantage of his advantage. DeCarlo did. 80% of the jockeys in New York would have strangled her back. I hope DeCarlo rides in NY over the winter. I'm tired of betting Ortiz, Alvarado, Saez, and the rest of them who refuse to ride aggressively. It gets so bad in the winter, the first thing I do when I look at a race is ask, who is Chuckie riding and can he steal it.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Yea maybe 5-10 years ago but CC's done. Instant throw out.
Robert Walton More than 1 year ago
were the other jockeys unaware of the unbelievable slow pace (how would that be possible?), incompetent, or what?
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Exactly you they shouldn't allow uncoupled entries. The other well bet Motion boxed in the 5 and why the other clowns decided sitting a half dozen lengths off that pace is beyond me.
john More than 1 year ago
Absolutey correct. Letting these trainers run uncoupled entries is one of the worst decisions that the racing commission could've ever conjured up. What a great way to to f...k the betting public. To let 2 horses coming out of the same barn and race as seperate betting interests promotes an outcome that will leave the betting public guessing, did I just bet into a dishonest race? And nobody should want that to happen!
Thomas Donnelly More than 1 year ago
Much respect to Chris DeCarlo!
Chris Kantor More than 1 year ago
Very underrated turf jockey. G. Motion once again proves he still has it. I just love him as a trainer.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
No...a 12% rider who stole the race
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Took him off the watch list about 2 months ago $58.50 congrats to connections and backers I don't understand what happened to the pace of this race.(didn't know he had speed/pace always tried to move into race-Heads up ride by C. Decarlo and guess the other riders didn't respect his class
Ed More than 1 year ago
The speed showed right there in the form, near the bottom, but it was old, and hard to know that all the other riders would fall asleep..