07/23/2016 5:05PM

Hit It Once More much the best in New York Derby

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Hit It Once More romps by 6 1/2 lengths under Kendrick Carmouche in the New York Derby.

Hit It Once More scored an easy win in the second-richest race of the Finger Lakes meet Saturday, taking the $164,150 New York Derby by 6 1/2 lengths.

Trained by Gary Sciacca and ridden by Kendrick Carmouche. Hit It Once More wrested the early lead from Awesome Gent, set a controlled pace on an open lead, and then widened his advantage in the stretch while being taken in hand by Carmouche late.

Hit It Once More paid $5 as the favorite in the seven-horse field of New York-bred 3-year-olds. He set fractions of 24.37 seconds, 48.10, and 1:11.81 before completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.02.

After going winless in five starts last year, Hit It Once More won a statebred maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct in April and then came back to win a New York-bred allowance by five lengths at Belmont Park in May. In his most recent start, Hit It Once More tired to finish a well beaten fourth against open company in the Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont.

Extinct Charm, the second choice at 2-1, finished well to be second-best after encountering traffic on the backstretch. Extinct Charm attempted to move up along the inner rail on the backstretch but lacked room, brushed with Awesome Gent, and then dropped back. He rerallied to be 4 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Taoiseach.

Awesome Gent stalked the winner early, dropped back a bit on the backstretch, and then finished evenly to be fourth.

New York Oaks: Super Allison wins stretch battle

On the far turn of the 1 1/16-mile New York Oaks, Super Allison, with Jacqueline Davis aboard, and Mecke's Madalyn, with Tammi Piermarini up, were sitting just behind three battling leaders - Crazy Love, along the inside; Katniss the Victor, between horses; and three-wide Wonderment.

When Katniss the Victor began to bear out on the turn, Davis made a decision that may have won her the race. She sent Super Allison to the lead from between Crazy Love and Katniss the Victor. At the same time, Piermarini moved Mecke's Madalyn, hugging the rail and going up inside Crazy Love.

Super Allison and Mecke's Madalyn battled the length of the stretch with Super Allison proving a head the best.

After her difficulties on the turn, favored Katniss the Victor found her best stride in the stretch and steadily closed with a belated bid to finish third, three-quarters of a length shy of Super Allison.

Wonderment, who was floated wide by Katniss the Victor on the far turn, flattened out and finished fourth, 9 3/4 lengths farther back.

Super Allison, trained by Carlos Martin, paid $7.30 as the third choice in the six-horse field. Following slow early fractions of 25.09, 49.16, and 1:13.95, she completed the course in 1:46.79.

Mecke's Madalyn was hesitant to load into the gate prior to the start.