11/05/2017 2:58PM

Avery Island impresses in Nashua Stakes

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Avery Island, ridden by Joe Bravo, wins the Nashua Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths.

Avery Island confirmed the potential his maiden win suggested by turning back the favored Aveenu Malcainu in upper stretch of the Grade 2 Nashua on Sunday at Aqueduct and pulling away to a 4 3/4-length victory.

Avery Island paid $6.30 as the second betting choice to 4-5 Aveenu Malcainu in the $200,000 Nashua, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds. Avery Island could start next in the Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen at 1 1/8 miles on Dec. 2, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

"We'll talk about the Remsen," McLaughlin said by phone from California. "He's very well bred and wants distance. It's exciting to think about going into next year with a nice 3-year-old. Joe Bravo did great on him."

Bravo rated Avery Island on the early lead inside 25-1 Under the Graydar. Super Sermon moved up to prompt the pace three wide on the far turn following a half-mile in 47 seconds. Aveenu Malcainu, who set fast fractions before tiring to seventh in the Grade 1 Champagne in his prior start, was content to stalk the pace in the Nashua.

Nearing the stretch, Avery Island disposed of Under the Graydar, while Aveenu Malcainu commenced a four-wide bid. In upper stretch, it briefly looked as if Aveenu Malcainu had dead aim on Avery Island, but when Bravo set him down, he quickly opened up.

"It's always exciting to have 2-year-olds coming around," Bravo said. "If you look at this horse, he's big, and he's just going to keep growing into himself. I have some high expectations. He really finished up the last eighth of a mile."

Avery Island disappointed as the favorite in a six-furlong sprint in his debut at Saratoga. Stretched out a mile for his second start at Belmont Park, he showed improved speed over a wet track and dominated in the stretch to win by 5 1/4 lengths.

A Godolphin homebred by Street Sense, Avery Island was timed for the mile in 1:37.58 on Sunday. Super Sermon came on again to reclaim second from Aveenu Malcainu by a half-length and then galloped out well past the wire.

Avery Island is out of the mare Kinda Spicy and is cleverly named for the island where Tabasco Sauce is produced. Kinda Spicy, a daughter of A. P. Indy, scored two impressive wins in New York at Saratoga and Belmont to begin her career but was then retired.

Kinda Spicy is out of the Chilean mare Isola Piu Bella, who won nine of 18 starts, including three U.S. stakes.