06/29/2013 5:15PM

Belmont Park: Baby J re-rallies to take Victory Ride

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Baby J came again to win the Victory Ride under jockey Joel Rosario after appearing to be beaten.

As with the New York Stakes a race earlier, Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes went to the longest shot on the toteboard, when Baby J ($23.00), seemingly beaten in midstretch, altered course and came again to overtake next-to-longest shot Bridgehampton.

 A well-beaten third as the favorite in an allowance race 15 days earlier, the speedy Baby J dashed to the lead through fractions of 22.14 and 45.13 seconds while hounded by Bridgehampton, who was exiting a maiden win in her second career start.

 Bridgehampton wrested command with a furlong remaining and appeared home free, but Baby J altered course off the rail and re-rallied to edge away by three-quarters of a length under never-say-die handling by Joel Rosario.

 “She came back,” said Rosario. “In my head, I thought she would maybe come back, so I kept her busy and rode her. I put her on the outside and she came back again. It was impressive.”

 Baby J ran six furlongs in 1:10.84 seconds over a fast main track, as the sixth winner at the meet for the resurgent barn of Pat Reynolds.

 “She’s very game,” said Reynolds. “She’s a free-running type of filly, and it worked out. She’ll probably need a little time off, but she’ll be tough on a speed track up there [at Saratoga] wherever we elect to go with her.”

 Bridgehampton finished clear for the runner-up spot by 2 1/4 lengths over 7-5 favorite Fusaichiswonderful, who checked in third, two lengths ahead of Teen Pauline.

 I’m Mom’s Favorite completed the order of finish.

 Kauai Katie, Lighthouse Bay and Native One were scratched.

Ivan More than 1 year ago
Do not underestimate the POWER of EXPLAINING the "curious" that this article carried. Let"s quote; ..."as the sixth winner at the meet for the "resurgent barn of Pat Reynolds. REALLY? RESURGENT? REALLY? Yes, RESURGENT as in JACOBSON, RODRIGUEZ, DUTROW, HUSHION RESURGENT! Congratulations!!!! By the way...one of the top 3 the favorites on a Sunday stakes race at Belmont is a horse from the permanently "resurgent" barn of Mr. Jacobson that was claimed for $12,500 at TAMPA BAY DOWNS- yes, I said $12,500 at TAMPA BAY DOWNS four months ago. LONG LIVE RESURGENTS!!! Don't look for past performances - just look out for RESURGENTS!