04/13/2012 3:04PM

Aqueduct: Mahubo prevails by neck in Three Coins Up


Mahubo returned to Aqueduct and returned to the winner’s circle, earning a hard-fought neck victory over Indy Scent in Friday’s $75,000 Three Coins Up Stakes.

It was another head back to Rustler Hustler in third. Pocket Cowboys and Kingofthebluegrass completed the order of finish.

Mahubo won for the first time since last Nov. 9 when he made his North American debut in a $35,000 claimer at Aqueduct. He raced three times at Gulfstream with two seconds and a third before Friday.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Mahubo raced an up-close fourth, came three wide for the stretch, shrugged off a stubborn Rustler Hustler and then held off Indy Scent at the wire. Mahubo ran 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:42.62 and returned $3.10 to win.

“It looked like the momentum was going to take them by, but he stayed on and was pretty game,” said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “I don’t think he’s ever run a bad one.”

Magnuson said that Mahubo would most likely run back in the Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park on May 5.

Dutrow considers options for Marilyn's Guy

While the one-turn mile of the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester Stakes at Belmont on April 28 is ideal for Excelsior winner Marilyn’s Guy, trainer Tony Dutrow said he doesn’t want to run in that race if it means facing To Honor and Serve.

“I don’t want to race a mile against To Honor and Serve,” Dutrow said. “To Honor and Serve is hands down a better horse than ours.”

Dutrow said he also nominated Marilyn’s Guy to the Grade 2, $300,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 4.

“That’s a possibility,” said Dutrow, who will be at Churchill that day to run Grace Hall in the Kentucky Oaks.

Royal Delta just chillin’

Royal Delta, last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, walked under tack Thursday morning for the first time since returning from Dubai, where she finished ninth in the $10 million World Cup at Meydan on March 31.

She returned to New York on April 4, and after getting out of quarantine two days later she was bedded down in trainer Bill Mott’s Belmont Park barn.

Leana Willaford, Mott’s New York-based assistant, said that Royal Delta would walk under tack “for a while” while also getting turned out in a round pen outside the barn.

Willaford said that Mott has no immediate plans for Royal Delta, who won last year’s Alabama at Saratoga and Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs.

“She’ll let us know when she’s ready,” Willaford said.