Updated on 09/16/2011 8:56AM

Coyote Lakes - again


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It's three and counting for Coyote Lakes.

Under Mike Luzzi, Coyote Lakes wore down the pace-setting tandem of Fisher Pond and Pleasant Breeze to win his third consecutive , this time by 1 3/4 lengths before 5,740 at Aqueduct. Pleasant Breeze nosed out Fisher Pond - a slight favorite over Coyote Lakes - for second in the 1 5/8-mile race.

Coyote Lakes is the first three-time winner of the Grade 3 Gallant Fox, which was held for the 64th time. It was his 20th win from 61 starts and the $67,320 first-place prize from the $112,200 purse pushed Coyote Lakes's career earnings to $724,977.

"It's just a treat to have a horse like this," trainer Bruce Levine said. "It's hard to do this, but it's a lot of fun. We're probably going to run him once or twice more, turn him out and go for No. 4 next year."

"It's so rewarding to do right by a horse and have him come back and reward you," said owner Roddy Valente, who claimed Coyote Lakes for $50,000 on Aug. 12, 1998. "It's the greatest feeling in the world. I didn't sleep for a week waiting for this race."

Coyote Lakes settled into fifth position in the early stages of the race while Fisher Pond and Pleasant Breeze raced within a half-length of each other through 12 furlongs run in 2:30.68. Coyote Lakes rated along the inside before coming off the rail turning for home. Responding to three cracks of Luzzi's left-handed whip, Coyote Lakes rallied past the top two inside the sixteenth pole and drew off. He covered the 1 5/8 miles in 2:43.54 over a track labeled good. He returned $6.40 as the second choice.

Levine said his only worries before the race were that a horse would get loose on the lead or that Coyote Lakes would find traffic trouble.

"The only thing I told Mike was to let him run his race, don't force him, but sometime down the backside if they get away from you, you'll have to go after them," Levine said.

o There was one winner of Saturday's pick six, which returned $434,220. According to Aqueduct officials, the winning ticket was purchased at Hoosier Park in Indiana. There was a two-day carryover of $168,166 heading into the card. The winning sequence of 9-2-3-4-4-7 comprised Formada ($23.60), Unreal Madness ($15), Typhoon Alex ($13.80), Max Jones ($33.60), Glamdring ($12), and Papua ($5.90).