Updated on 09/16/2011 7:41AM

Nonsuch Bay waits and wins


ELMONT, N.Y. - Jerry Bailey usually takes a trainer's instructions with a grain of salt. In Saturday's Grade 1 , he took trainer Frank Alexander's instructions to heart, and it helped get him to the winner's circle.

Bailey kept Nonsuch Bay last of four through the opening six furlongs of the Mother Goose, before letting his filly run. When he did, Nonsuch Bay blew past her three rivals and scored a 1 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Mother Goose before 7,729 at Belmont.

Chamrousse, the 6-5 favorite, finished second, 12 1/4 lengths ahead of Seba. Dust Me Off finished last after setting a hot early pace. Belterra was scratched on Friday after she contracted a fever.

Nonsuch Bay, who won the Nassau County on opening weekend, was coming off a dismal fourth-place finish in the Acorn. That day, trainer Frank Alexander felt jockey Javier Castellano made a premature middle move into fastest part of the race.

Saturday, Alexander told Bailey to let Nonsuch Bay settle and wait to make his move. While Dust Me Off was setting fractions of 23.44 seconds, 46.34, and 1:10.83, Nonsuch Bay was fourth, but inched closer at every call.

When Bailey guided Nonsuch Bay outside approaching the quarter pole, she kicked on with authority. Nonsuch Bay covered the nine furlongs in 1:49.09 over a fast track and returned $7 to win as the second choice.

"Frank said let them go, I don't care how far you are behind, just ride her like you're coming from behind in a sprint race,' Bailey said. "That's what I did, and she actually tugged me up behind Chamrousse on the turn and I clipped her heels a couple of times just to keep her off of her. Finally, I didn't want to tempt fate any longer, so I let her ease out around her; as soon as I did she inhaled her. I don't listen to trainers much, but I listened this time.'

Alexander said Nonsuch Bay has the ability to settle which is what makes her able to get a route of ground.

"Leaving the three-eighths pole I knew she was a winner,' Alexander said.

Alexander said he might skip the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 20 and point for the Alabama on Aug. 17 at Saratoga.

Tremont: Zavata just misses track record

When Zavata won his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths on May 27, trainer Patrick Biancone said, "maybe a star is born."

There is no maybe anymore.

Saturday, Zavata cruised to a 6 1/4-length victory in the $106,600, Grade 3 Tremont Stakes, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.66, missing More Than Ready's track record by .10 seconds.

"Now, he's a star for sure," said Biancone, who trains the 2-year-old colt for Michael Tabor.

Breaking from the outside post in the five-horse field, Zavata was caught four wide around the turn, crept up alongside pacesetter Hussar approaching the quarter pole, and drew clear under a hand ride from Jerry Bailey. Hussar finished second by 4 1/4 lengths over Desert Warrior. Windsor Lodge and White Mercedes completed the order of finish. Zavata paid $3 to win.

"He broke well, settled back off them a length or so," Bailey said. "I asked him from the quarter pole to the eighth pole to run hard, then I kind of idled him."

Bailey said Zavata "obviously" could have broken the track record "if I had persevered with him all the way to the wire."

Biancone said he would point Zavata, a son of Phone Trick, to the Saratoga Special on Aug. 14, then most likely the Hopeful on Aug. 31. Biancone has Flash Stakes winner Whywhywhy to run in the Sanford on July 25 at the Spa.

Of the $288,490 wagered to show, $263,215 was bet on Zavata, creating a minus show pool of $45,022.

Mike Lee: No Parole survives foul claim

No Parole overcame a traffic-filled trip and a claim of foul to win the $122,034 Mike Lee Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths. Trial Prep outlasted 6-5 favorite Private Emblem by a nose to get second.

Under Shaun Bridgmohan, No Parole raced in seventh position in the early stages and was blocked behind a wall of horses around the turn. At the quarter pole, Bridgmohan guided No Parole outside of a bearing-out Trial Prep seeking running room. When that happened, Rogue Agent and Lord Ofthe Thunder brushed, with Rogue Agent taking the worst of it. But it was Norberto Arroyo aboard Lord Ofthe Thunder who claimed foul. The stewards disallowed the foul claim, saying there was no definitive evidence to take the winner down.

No Parole, a son of Lit de Justice, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.60 and returned $20.20 to win. No Parole is owned by Thomas Mina and trained by Joe Aquilino.

The Mike Lee kicked off the Big Apple Triple, a series of races for New York-bred 3-year-olds. The series continues with the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 27 and concludes with the Albany at Saratoga on Aug. 21. If No Parole can sweep the series, he will earn his connections a $250,000 bonus.