12/19/2015 9:26PM

Financial Modeling gets uncontested lead, takes Queens County

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Irad Ortiz Jr. guides Financial Modeling to a front-running win in the Queens County.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Speed was good at Aqueduct on Saturday. The connections of Financial Modeling opted to use his. The connections of Tommy Macho elected not to use theirs.

Thus, Financial Modeling, allowed to coast along on an uncontested lead under Irad Ortiz Jr., galloped to a 4 1/4-length victory over 6-5 favorite Tommy Macho in Saturday’s $100,000 Queens County Stakes. It was a length back to Kid Cruz in third.

The win was the fourth from eight starts for Financial Modeling, a 4-year-old son of Street Sense owned by Seth Klarman and William Lawrence who was making his stakes debut. It was also the 200th win of the year for trainer Chad Brown, his 49th in a stakes race.

Brown indicated he was only 50-50 to run after entries came out on Wednesday. But with no real other place to run Financial Modeling and with the older male dirt division a bit light in New York this winter, the Queens County was a good spot to find out if he belonged.

Though he was coming off a second-level allowance race on turf on Nov. 28, Financial Modeling had won twice previously on dirt, including a maiden win at Parx on the front end.

According to assistant trainer Cherie DeVaux, Brown instructed Ortiz to put Financial Modeling on the lead, and they were able to open a 2 1/2-length lead over Tommy Macho through a quarter run in 24.15 seconds, a half-mile in 48.12, and six furlongs in 1:12.05.

Approaching the quarter pole, Tommy Macho, under Kendrick Carmouche, tried in vain to make a run at Financial Modeling, who just extended his advantage through the lane with a couple of reminders from Ortiz’s left-handed whip.

Financial Modeling covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.60 and returned $9.50 as the third betting choice in the six-horse field. Following Kid Cruz, the order of finish was Mylute, Turco Bravo, and Desvelo.

“Chad told me to go to the lead so I warmed him up good and tried to go to the lead,’ Ortiz said. “You didn’t see too much speed in the race; the other speed was Tommy Macho and last time he won from off the pace. I thought if I get the lead he’s going to sit right next to me. He relaxed so good for me. I put my hands down and when I asked him he was there.”

Carmouche picked up the mount on Tommy Macho when his mount, Perfect Title, scratched. Carmouche subbed for Javier Castellano, who was named by trainer Todd Pletcher to ride Tommy Macho but rode at Gulfstream Park Saturday instead.

“I was good where I was sitting. I could have gone to the lead and get pushed the whole way but Todd didn’t want this horse to be inside of horses because he gets intimidated,” Carmouche said.  “I figured if I sit second outside and stalk he should be better. Today wasn’t his day. A better horse beat him.”



Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
It is virtually impossible to handicapp aqueduct. A trend has emerged on the New York circuit were you can never figure out who the speed horse is or what the pace will be. Personally I don't trust their jockey colony and we already know that the needle trainers do very well. This circuit has lost any credibility it had it seems that the huge purses from the casino money has not improved the integrity of racing in NY. I would love to see aqueduct close and to be totally honest would not mind if Belmont ran for only a brief fall meet and Saratoga was only 3 weeks long. Who needs chaos racing that only benefits the jockeys and drug trainers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree, would not bet a dime on horse racing. Who in their right mind would let them take out 20 plus percent out of your money. I am sick of supporting NYRA executives, trainers, and whoever else is being supported by the exorbitant takeout.
William White More than 1 year ago
Agree except for the length of the meets. Those responsible for integrity are doing a lousy job. Interesting, R8 last Sunday same 2 jockeys except Ortiz Jr was on the favorite and Carmouche was on a long shot. Ortiz chased and the other went wire to wire. These guys know the track well enough to figure pace and position out. It is the old game of whose turn is it to win today?
Tom More than 1 year ago
So you are saying you would want to see live racing reduced to 2 - 3 months a year in New York? This "Chaos" racing you speak of, this only happens in New York? And how and why would Casino money improve the integrity of racing in New York? New York has the best and strongest jockey colony in the U.S.A., and you don't trust them? Maybe thoroughbred racing isn't for you...