10/26/2013 6:14PM

Belmont Park: Stanwyck's inside trip makes difference in Turnback the Alarm

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Stanwyck (right) holds off Centring to win the Turnback the Alarm.

ELMONT, N.Y. - A year and a day after her only start on dirt - a winning one at that - Stanwyck returned to that surface and scored a 21-1 upset in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Belmont Park.

Receiving a ground-saving trip from Alex Solis, Stanwyck tipped three wide turning for home, motored past pace-setting Fantasy of Flight in upper stretch and held off a late and wide run from even-money favorite Centring to win the Turnback the Alarm by a head. It was 4 1/4 lengths back to Fantasy of Flight in third.

Stanwyck, owned and bred by Jerry and Ann Moss, became the third stakes winner out of the mare Set Them Free, as she is a half-sister to 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and 2007 Santa Anita Derby winner Tiago.

Stanwyck had won her maiden on Oct. 25, 2012 going a mile on dirt at Santa Anita. Two starts later, she won a first-level allowance race on turf at Santa Anita and made her next three starts over that surface. She hadn’t run since finishing fifth in a second-level allowance at Saratoga on July 31.

“It just seemed like the opportunities were on the grass, we wanted to try her on the grass,” Shirreffs said. “She runs better on the dirt we found out.”

Breaking from post 4 under Alex Solis, Stanwyck got to the rail down the backside and sat in fifth position while Fantasy of Flight set fractions of 23.67 for the quarter, 46.81 for the half and 1:11.12 for six furlongs.

Coming to the top of the stretch, Solis tipped Stanwyck outside, asked her to run and she responded.

Meanwhile, Centring, under Joel Rosario, was fanned six-wide for the stretch but her late run at Stanwyck fell just short.

Stanwyck  covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.62 and returned $44.80.

Shirreffs left Stanwyck in Saratoga for the fall and credited assistant David Figueroa with getting her ready.

“Training in Saratoga on that hill in the back and the Oklahoma training track really helped her a lot,” Shirreffs said. “I kept 12 up there with David Figueroa, David did a great job with her up there.”

Tom Albertrani, the trainer of  Centring, said the difference in winning and losing was the trip.

“If that much is going to cost you a photo, that was the winning move - the winner going inside,” Albertrani said. “She ran well.”

Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
So happy for the Mosses and John.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Stanwyck (one of my favorite actresses) in today's race at Belmont. Since the upsetting breakdown and loss of another Moss horse, Mentor Cane -RIP, the Moss horses have stepped up to the plate. Angel Mentor Cane running with them? Alex Solis, a tremendous jockey and true friend to the barn, and trainer John Shirreffs, have teamed up again for a wonderful win. So happy for all of the connections! I'm with you all of the way.