05/29/2017 6:10PM

Holiday Disguise takes Bouwerie Stakes for third straight win

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Holiday Disguise, ridden by Jose Ortiz, wins the Bouwerie Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Don’t look now, but trainer Linda Rice and owner Sheila Rosenblum have another stakes-winning New York-bred female sprinter in the barn.

From the connections who gave you champion La Verdad and graded stakes winner Hot City Girl comes Holiday Disguise, who rallied widest of all in the stretch under Jose Ortiz to run down the pacesetting Noble Freud and win the $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park. Coincidentally, Noble Freud is a half-sister to La Verdad and Hot City Girl.

“If we had to be beaten, I wanted it to be Noble Freud,” Rosenblum said. “But it worked out perfect for us.”

Holiday Disguise, bumped at the break by Noble Freud, was eighth early on while Noble Freud was placed on the lead by Irad Ortiz Jr. through a quarter in 22.64 seconds and a half-mile in 46.26 while being chased by Bluegrass Flag, the 5-2 favorite.

Jose Ortiz said he thought his brother was cruising on the front end and that at the three-eighths pole, he had to ask his filly to run. She caught up quickly to the pack, Ortiz said, so then he had to guide Holiday Disguise seven wide approaching the quarter pole.

In the stretch, Noble Freud had disposed of Bluegrass Flag and opened up a 2 1/2-length lead at the eighth pole. Once in the clear, Holiday Disguise lengthened her stride and motored past Noble Freud inside the sixteenth pole while being kept a few paths outside of that rival.

“I felt like I had a lot of horse underneath me, so I went ahead and went wide – that was my only shot, I think,” Ortiz said. “When I went out and she started running, I knew I was going to pass her.”

Holiday Disguise, a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, covered the seven furlongs in the slop in 1:25.19 and returned $8.10 as the second choice. After losing her debut, it was the third straight win for Holiday Disguise, who cost $220,000 as a yearling at the Saratoga auction.

“This filly is getting more professional. Obviously, she has a great disposition and a good mind for it, and she lays back and really puts in a strong stretch run,” Rice said. “Hopefully, she just gets better with more experience.”

Noble Freud finished second by 2 1/2 lengths over Tiznow’s Smile, who was followed by Wlburnmoney, Timely Tradition, Bluegrass Flag, North End, Swing and Sway, Frosty Gal, and Toni Tools.

Rice said she likely will give Holiday Disguise a shot in open company, possibly in the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride here on July 8.