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Aqueduct: Meeker Avenue and Kelli Got Frosty win New York Stallion Series divisions
By Dave Litfin
In divisions of the New York Stallion Series for 2-year-olds, Meeker Avenue ($3.20) and Kelli Got Frosty ($10.60) prevailed in close decisions at Aqueduct on Sunday. Each division was worth $125,000 and run at six furlongs.
In the Great White Way for colts and geldings, Meeker Avenue rallied in tandem with second choice Laila’s Jazz as they overtook pacesetter Stoneless in midstretch. Meeker Avenue posted a nose victory under Ramon Dominguez despite racing in tight quarters along the inside.
Meeker Avenue, a gelding by Read the Footnotes, ran six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.96 and improved to 2 for 2.
“Ramon said (Meeker Avenue) was a little nervous at the break," said trainer Dominick Schettino. "He didn’t get away as well as he wanted him to. He ran well. He was a little intimidated along the inside. It’s a learning process, but he ran a hell of a race.”
Laila’s Jazz finished a clear second by two lengths over Petrocelli, who took third by a nose over Here Comes Tommy. Stoneless and Madam I’m Adam completed the order of finish.
In the Fifth Avenue for fillies, Kelli Got Frosty chased even-money favorite P J’s Superego through the stretch and ran that rival down near the wire to score by a half-length with Joel Rosario aboard.
P J’s Superego was eight lengths clear of the rest, then pulled up in distress and was vanned off while walking onto the ambulance under her own power.
Kelli Got Frosty ran six furlongs in 1:09.91 – more than a second faster than the boys. The Frost Giant filly upped her record to 2-0-1 from four starts, all for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
“She’s tall, but I don’t think she’s finished growing yet,” said Rodriguez. “’Hopefully she’ll keep improving a little bit.”
Nonnie Connie edged Matchmadeinheaven by three-quarters of a length for third. They were followed under the wire by Jerusalem Stone, Zekes Surprise and Gee Linz.
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