10/05/2013 6:07PM

Belmont Park: Artemis Agrotera defeats game Sweet Reason in Frizette

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Barbara D. Livingston
Artemis Agrotera, with Jose Lezcano aboard, wins the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Sweet Reason may have earned more respect in defeat Saturday at Belmont Park than she did in winning her first two starts at Saratoga.

After veering in sharply while breaking from the rail in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes, Sweet Reason rallied to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the New York-bred Artemis Agrotera. Sweet Reason finished 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Stopchargingmaria in third.

While Artemis Agrotera earned a fees-paid berth to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, Sweet Reason might have earned the role of favorite.

Sweet Reason had won her first two starts – including the Grade 1 Spinaway – by a combined 12 lengths. But both races were in the slop. On Saturday, she ran a terrific race over a fast track after breaking last under Alex Solis.

“She gave up four or five lengths at the start, then she had to wait behind horses on the turn and had to go wide at the end of the turn,” trainer Leah Gyarmati said. “She was compromised. She ran huge, I think.”

Artemis Agrotera, an 11 3/4-length winner against New York-bred maidens at Saratoga on Aug. 16, also ran huge. A speedy daughter of Roman Ruler, Artemis Agrotera, under Jose Lezcano, was able to sit a length off the pacesetting Tea Time behind splits of 23.30 seconds for the quarter, 47.41 for the half-mile, and 1:11.81 for six furlongs.

Artemis Agrotera made the lead in upper stretch, and though Sweet Reason tried to rally, the winner never was truly threatened. Artemis Agrotera, owned and bred by Chester and Mary Broman, covered the mile 1:36.25 and returned $10.60 to win.

Noting how fast she was early in her win at Saratoga under Joel Rosario, Mike Hushion, the trainer of Artemis Agrotera, instructed Lezcano not to let the filly run off during the first part of the race.

“If he had tapped her on the shoulder the first part, she’d be gone,” Hushion said. “He didn’t. He did a nice job. That worked out well; leaves a lot more options for the future, too.”

The future will include the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, where Artemis Agrotera most likely will have to face Sweet Reason again.

Jeff Treadway, the owner of Sweet Reason, said he would like to go to the Breeders’ Cup if the filly comes out of the race well.

“I would think the dirt track is not an issue,” Treadway said. “Maybe Santa Anita will be more to her liking. We’d like to do it. She’ll tell us. We’re not going to push her too much just to do it.”

muskierob More than 1 year ago
Why do favorites break poorly and 50-1 come out of the gate no problem??
PatrickV More than 1 year ago
I am a racetracker, I am at the Track more times than not and yesterday I was EXTREMELY pissed at NYRA and NYRA stewards for allowing the criminal influences that resides in the Jockey room, two Jockeys in particular, Alex Solis and Cornellius Velasquez, they don't give favorites a winning ride. Once in awhile I guess if LindaRice threatens him, Crookneiliius will bring in one of hers but what Solis did yesterday was inexcusable, the horse was much the best period, so lets move pass the start and watch what the blind man does, now I have never been a Jockey but after a bad start like like he had and to be in contention and get stop while running up on heels tells me the FIX was in, if that was the Chiefs horse we would have heard about it at trackside, just plain criminals them two,they are not even hiding. They say the sport is dying but everything dies at some point, at least I remember the glory days of racing from my youth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay guys and dolls, has Sweet Reason ever broke from the rail in her previous few races? Might it have been from lack of experience that she veered on the inside post at the break? And what's the jockey to do? Keep her together, composed and let her make her run. Alex has to play the cards his dealt. With a 2 year old. She gained experience and ran on well despite her troubled start. Give him credit for that. We all think we can do better than these jocks. Lol.
Ryan Cale More than 1 year ago
or might it have been that her odds were so low that the pressure to win was just too much for her and she tried to take a short cut to the finish line. both theories are equally likely to be true.
Leah Gyarmati More than 1 year ago
She broke from post 1 in her debut.
mb More than 1 year ago
congrats, Leah....tough, tough break at the start....you have a really good one....good luck in keeping this one going....fyi....i use thorograph, and coming in to yesterday's race, your filly was a tad faster than Havana....don't let the pressure get to you...this is your dream horse....you and the owner should enjoy it....
mb More than 1 year ago
ps....when does your other treadway horse who broke his maiden a couple of weeks ago race again...thanks....
Vinnie Papandrea More than 1 year ago
Didn't think the ride was so bad minus the break and with your fillies running style not as big a deal. Although with good break she would have won. Either way really nice fillie good luck with her
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
I was all over this horse with a romp in her debut. Followed up with working like a beast and the PEDIGREE to stretch out/Conformation. Although runner up had a brutal trip and still might be best but you have to play 4-1 's like this in this game
wolves More than 1 year ago
"I was all over this horse with a romp in her debut." what made you think a 2/5 first time starter might win?
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I know I'll get bashed for this, but there is a history. I like this filly Sweet Reason a lot and the rider not even a little bit. I was surprised that he rode her so well in her first two, but not so hard when she is tons the best. If there is trouble in a race to be found, Solis will find it. Can't really blame him, but had a feeling he needed to pay attention to the start for that very reason from the rail. He'll find the switch to run into. Get a new rider as the races will just get tougher.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Honest comments need not be bashed. Alex has tons of knowledge. And can help developed a young horse because of this. But his best days of race riding are behind him. Still, I applaud Leah for her loyalty. Being an ex jockey I believe she has a soft spot for hard working types like Alex.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I'm sure you can tell I have seen enough bad decisions made by him, and ahhhh that notorious switch that he can never seem to see coming. If she gets an outside post, a good break and can sit and go around, no problem, but that's not always going to be the case. I applaud loyalty as well, but she is a potential champion, have to go with the better rider.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
DITTO starting with KENTUCKY DERBY on CAPTAIN BODGIT they can say anything they want about Silver Charm gameness but Captain with several other riders would have won that derby im convinced
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
He is terrible. I'm glad someone finally said it in public. He is a nice guy and veteran but cost horses races. Way past his prime and even then was suspect. I actually stopped betting/wagering anything he rides. Might win some but not worth the frustration of a troubled trip he creates or lack of ability to win
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
"not worth the frustration of a troubled trip creates" sums up what I was trying to say. Stopped betting his horses years ago, but am only tempted when I love the horse and getting nice odds, and sure enough, here comes trouble at some point.
Ryan Cale More than 1 year ago
i think her break had more to do with her odds than inexperience. i cashed a lot in her in the last race but assumed she would find trouble from the 1 hole at yesterday's odds. the bad start was one thing but running up into horses on the turn so he could sit behind them rather than try to run by confirmed what i assumed. helped my bets but probably another reason for a few more casual fans to roll their eyes and lose interest in the sport. A pattern seems to emerge....Palace Malice in the Travers, Paynter in the Woodward, Cross Traffic in the JCGC. Lots of bad luck for heavily bet horses in big races.