11/06/2010 5:09PM

Full Moon Blues upsets Tempted

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Full Moon Blues scores a 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Longshot stakes winners weren’t restricted to the Breeders’ Cup as Full Moon Blues ($25) showed by leading all the way in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tempted Stakes, the first of three stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Full Moon Blues was coming off a 10-length maiden win at 1-5 at Laurel Park for trainer Tim Tullock Jr. but was dismissed as the longest shot among a field of five 2-year-old fillies. The daughter of Petionville took a clear lead soon after the start under Malcolm Franklin, set moderate fractions of 24.08 seconds, 48.22, and 1:13.26, and remained clear under a drive to score by 2 1/4 lengths after a mile in 1:38.26 over a drying-out main track rated good.

“She didn’t break all that well, but no one else seemed anxious for the lead, and Malcolm was able to cruise on up there and dictate the pace,” Tullock said.

Tap for Luck, the 7-5 second choice, outfinished 6-5 favorite Dixie City for second by a half-length. Pinch Pie and Morning Great completed the order of finish.

Nashua: To Honor and Serve romps

In the Grade 2, $150,000 Nashua, To Honor and Serve ($2.70) confirmed his status as a top-level 2-year-old by crushing four rivals under a hand ride from Jose Lezcano.

To Honor and Serve, a $575,000 Bernardini colt trained by Bill Mott, broke alertly from the rail to take the lead, set fractions of 24.01, 48.27, and 1:12.10, and was not fully extended to win by four lengths over Mucho Macho Man, who was a clear second best by 5 3/4 lengths. Quality Council was third. Settle for Medal and Economic Summit completed the order of finish.

To Honor and Serve, who was a maiden winner by nearly nine lengths at Belmont five weeks earlier, ran the mile 1:35.86 over a track that had just been upgraded to fast.

“He just galloped into the lead,” Lezcano said. “I don’t know how to explain it, he won so easily.”

Red Smith: Grassy wins first graded stakes

Grassy ($4.70), who was coming off a third-place finish to stablemate Winchester in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, swept past the field on the outside through the stretch to win the Grade 2, $150,000 Red Smith Handicap, the final graded turf stakes of the New York season for males.

The Christophe Clement-trained Grassy was notching the first graded stakes victory of his career and improved to 4 for 10 overall after surging to the front late under Joe Bravo to win by a length. Rescue Squad, racing with blinkers on, edged Bold Hawk by a neck for second as the 17-1 outsider in the field of seven. Whatsthescript finished third.

“The minute the gates opened, he gave me the sensation like, ‘Yo jock, don’t worry about it, I got this,’ ” Bravo said. “He gave me the sensation that at any time he could’ve gone and run them over.”

Grassy ran the 1 3/8 miles in 2:20.06 over a turf course labeled soft and earned $90,000 for owner-breeders Claiborne Fame and Adele Dilschneider.

“Off his race in the Turf Classic, we thought this was a good spot for him,” assistant trainer Ben Colebrook said. “He put in a big effort that day. Today, he was even more impressive.”