11/07/2015 6:02PM

Goldy Espony heads one-two finish for Brown in Long Island

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Goldy Espony, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, is now 3 for 3 going 1 1/2 miles after winning the Long Island Handicap.

Trainer Chad Brown saddled the one-two finishers in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct, as Goldy Espony grabbed the early lead and held off stablemate Danza Cavallo in the final graded turf stakes of the year for fillies and mares in New York.

Just as she had in winning Saratoga’s Waya Stakes, Goldy Espony ($9.40) broke from the rail and saved ground around all three turns while establishing a comfortable pace under Kendrick Carmouche. Her early fractional splits of 25.28 seconds, 51.38, and 1:17.09 left her with plenty in reserve, and she sprinted home the final quarter in 23.77 seconds to remain safely clear. Danza Cavallo came off the inside to take aim in the stretch, but couldn’t catch the leader and just held for the runner-up spot over Gotachancetodance. Brown’s third entrant, Rosalind, steadied early and finished next-to-last in the field of 11.

“I felt very confident this time that they would probably let me go a little easier than the last Saratoga race,” said Carmouche, referring to the Glens Falls. “That being said, I’m just very appreciative of the opportunity from Chad Brown and the owners. It’s been a very successful ride so far in New York.”

Goldy Espony carried top weight of 120 pounds and ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.10 over a firm turf course, remaining unbeaten from three starts at the distance.

Goldy Espony and Danza Cavallo, a pair of 4-year-old French-breds, linked for a $43.40 exacta.

 “[Goldy Espony] had some foot issues we were dealing with, and thankfully we got them all fixed up and behind her, and Ian McKinlay worked on her feet for us and did a great job,” said Brown, who notched his 25th graded turf stakes win of 2015. “Kendrick gets along really well with this filly. He’s able to set a slow pace and wire them again.

“Rosalind just didn’t fire today. I’ll have to reevaluate her future,” Brown added.  “And Danza Cavallo ran well. A mile and a half might be a touch far for her. She had dead aim heading for home and Goldy just had more.”




Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Let's see if I'm not mistaken there were 3 trainers with multiple horses in the race. Chad Brown had 3 .basically the one on the rail got the lead walked around in 1.17 and change and won...I'm not a big fan of 3 trainers basically controlling 90 of the runners in a race .unless their horses are coupled. I know the rules have changed over the years to favor more betting interests . But I don't think it's in the interest of the bettor or the integrity of the sport. We went from a trainers horses being coupled period to an owners horses being coupled to nobody's coupled in some places. There was a reason for coupling horses from the same stable and that reason remains. By uncoupling the stable might try to beat the shorter odds horse and cash on the others .some trainers are masters at this.
Ramon Arca More than 1 year ago
fortunately this i said to myself im going to make a stand im only going to bet on races that chad brown has horses entered im not a big gambler just doing it 4 fun so on filly n mare sprint across the board on wavell ave 10 to 1 next race same bet on whtsthechances dacita, but i really like s.kitten cause shes peaking and i dont mind horses on the outside on soft turf plus trainer jockey combolast one is the turf europeans own this race so superfecta time part wheel G horn and found same two w/ bb kitten on second then bb kitten slumber and found for 3rd then bb kitten slumber and S copper 4th threw out tp man like i said i have 2 make a stand if t p man gets in the money so be it then i just enjoy watching the classic did not bet;;;;
Cherie DeVaux More than 1 year ago
Its Ian Mckinley. Unless he went Caitlyn Jenner without telling us