09/08/2017 6:53PM

Batavia Downs: Azreal As It Gets, Ubettergo Go triumph in New York Sire Stakes

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Paul White
Azreal As It Gets picked a fine time to break her maiden

A pair of $54,500 New York Sire Stakes races for rookie pacing fillies were the marquee events this evening at Batavia Downs, and Azreal As It Gets and Ubettergo Go were the victors.

In the first split 2-5 favorite Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the lead away from Azreal As It Gets (Matt Kakaley) beyond the 28 4/5 opening quarter.  Alexis Faith would go on to reach the half in 58 1/5 and the three-quarters in 1:27 1/5, but she couldn't seal the deal as Azreal As It Gets came through passing lane in the stretch to win by a length and a half in 1:55 4/5.  Alexis Faith had to settle for second, and Michelle's Jazz (Ray Fisher Jr.) came in third after a first-over try in the back-half of the mile.

Azreal As It Gets, trained by Jake Huff for owners Our Horse Cents Stables and Stable 45, is from the first crop of So Surreal, a stakes-winning half-brother to Well Said who was retired after his 2-year-old season in 2013.  Azreal As It Gets, who was bred by 4 Rose Stable, broke her maiden in her sixth opportunity, and she has now banked $58,461.  She is out of the Chief Marty mare Vanite Semalu ($222,135), making Azreal As It Gets a half-sister to Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight, $598,300).  She was sent off as the 2-1 second choice and paid $6.70 to win.

11-1 Wisdom Tree (Kevin Cummings) and 1-2 public choice Hurrikane Shorty (Jason Bartlett) battled to the 28 second front quarter in the other section, with the longshot forcing the favorite into the two-hole.  Wisdom Tree click off a half in 57 3/5, with 5-2 Jan (Morrill Jr.) moving first-over out of third at the half, giving cover to Ubettergo Go (Billy Davis Jr.).

Wisdom Tree was still the boss at the 1:26 2/5 three-quarters, with Jan dropping into the pocket ahead of a retreating Hurrikane Shorty and Ubettergo Go taking up the first-over chase.  Despite losing her cover, Ubettergo Go kept advacing on the rim, and she would battle with Wisdom Tree for the victory through the lane.  Wisdom Tree finally gave way late, with Ubettergo Go up for the half-length score in 1:55 3/5.  Jan was the third-place finisher.

Trainer Blake MacIntosh also co-owns Ubettergo Go, a daughter of Art Major, with partners Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas, and Ozzie Mackay.  Ubettergo Go, a $13,000 Harrisburg buy who was bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC. and Birnam Wood Farms, has put away $87,359 from three wins (all in New York Sire Stakes action) in seven efforts.  U Bettergo Go, who was dispatched at 10-1 and returned $22.40 to win, is the third foal out of the Bettor's Delight mare Ubetterthink Think ($776,999).