Updated on 11/19/2016 7:05PM

Carmouche picks up mount on longshot winner Macagone in Artie Schiller

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Macagone, with substitute rider Kendrick Carmouche, pays $70 for winning the Artie Schiller by three-quarters of a length.

Kendrick Carmouche wasn’t scheduled to ride in Saturday’s $150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct. But two races prior to the one-mile turf stakes, jockey Chris DeCarlo went down in a spill. Although DeCarlo wasn’t seriously injured, he was taken to Jamaica Bay Hospital, complaining of lower back pain, and had to take off the rest of his mounts, including longshot Macagone in the eighth-race feature.

Carmouche changed tactics on Macagone, asking the 5-year-old gelding to rate instead of go to the front. The strategy paid off when Macagone, the second-longest shot on the board at 34-1, rallied in the stretch to score a huge upset.

Fittingly, Macagone is a son of Artie Schiller, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2005.  It was Macagone’s first stakes victory since he scored a front-running 3 1/2-length win over yielding turf in the $100,000 Danger’s Hour in April at Aqueduct.

In Saturday’s one-mile Artie Schiller, 2-1 favorite Heart to Heart looked destined to repeat his wire-to-wire performance winning last month’s Grade 3 Knickerbocker. Breaking from post 10 under Irad Ortiz Jr., Heart to Heart led by a length after the first six furlongs in 1:12.05. But Heart to Heart began to get leg weary in the stretch and he faded to fourth at the finish.

Macagone ($70), 10th in the Grade 2 Commonwealth Turf Cup at Laurel in his last outing on grass in September, was patiently ridden along the inside for the first six furlongs by Carmouche. He angled out full of run, moved a length in front at the eighth pole and finished strong,  three-quarters length in front of Blacktype, the Turf Cup winner who beat him by nearly five lengths that day. The Chad Brown-trained Night Prowler rallied well to get third at 8-1, a length behind the runner-up.

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The winning time over firm turf was 1:36.66.

"I had a perfect trip," said Carmouche. "There were two speed horses that just happened to be on the lead and my horse had tactical speed but I wanted to sit on my horse and relax. I fell into the right spot, got a real ru,n and angled out at the top of the lane and he excelled from there and held on.”

Trained by Bill Mott for Trinity Farm, Macagone is now 7 for 23 with earnings of $462,167.

The win by Macagone, along with longshots Coleman Rocky ($42) and Skyler's Scramjet ($40.60) assured that no one hit the pick six. As a result, there will be a carryover of $101,394 into the pool for Sunday's card. The sequence begins in race 4 at 1:47 p.m. Eastern and includes two stakes, the $100,000 Key Cents for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies, and the Thunder Rumble division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

Gold for the King takes Notebook

Heavily favored Gold for the King had to withstand a determined effort from 22-1 outsider Sal the Turtle to prevail in the $100,000 Notebook Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

Sal the Turtle, who won his career debut while running for a $50,000 tag against open company a month ago, was forwardly placed by Rajiv Maragh after overcoming a rough start in which he was pinballed by two rivals. Sal the Turtle put a head in front of Gold for the King after a half-mile in 45.43 seconds. The two horses dueled to the eighth pole, with Gold for the King and jockey Jose Ortiz in front by a half-length. From there, Gold for the King had more of a finishing kick and drew clear to win the six-furlong race by 1 1/4 lengths. Sal the Turtle was clearly second-best, finishing 2 1/4 lengths ahead of second-time starter Bourbon Empire, the 2-1 second choice in a field reduced to eight by five scratches.

The winning time was 1:10.70.

A son of Posse trained by Charlton Baker for owner Francis Paolangeli, Gold for the King is now 3 for 5 with earnings of $280,568. He was racing with blinkers on for the first time after finishing third when he tried a mile in last month’s Sleepy Hollow.

“He broke good," said Baker. "Jose had to use him a little bit to get involved early as he sat back, but it was a great setup. I thought he still kind of played around with that horse [Sal the Turtle] in the stretch, but he's still a young horse. He's going to learn as he goes along. I think the blinkers made a difference. Not a big difference, but just enough."