12/12/2015 5:30PM

Saythreehailmary's turns tables on Sheriffa in Bay Ridge

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Saythreehailmary's draws clear in deep stretch under Jose Ortiz to win the Bay Ridge by 1 1/4 lengths.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Saythreehailmary’s fell a length short when finishing second to Sheriffa in a seven-furlong division of the New York Stallion Stakes last month at Aqueduct.

Saturday, with a little more distance to work with - and an eight-pound weight concession - Saythreehailmary’s turned the tables on Sheriffa, running by her with 70 yards to go on her way to a 1 1/4 length victory in the $100,000 Bay Ridge Stakes at Aqueduct.

Sheriffa, the 2-1 favorite, held second by a half-length over Storied Lady, last year’s Bay Ridge winner. Star Grazing, Flipcup, Smitten by Gold, Carameaway, and Temper Mint Patty completed the order of finish.

It was the first stakes win in eight tries for Saythreehailmary’s, a 4-year-old daughter of Repent owned and bred by Joe Gioia’s Very Un Stable and trained by John Morrison.

Jose Ortiz rode Saythreehailmary’s in the Bay Ridge.  In May, Ortiz rode Sheriffa to a 2 1/4-length victory over Saythreehailmary’s at Belmont Park. Cornelio Velasquez rode Sheriffa on Saturday.

Sheriffa, the 124-pound highweight, stalked the pacesetting Carameaway through six furlongs in 1:13.13 before taking over leaving the quarter pole.

Ortiz had Saythreehailmary’s in fourth saving ground, before following Sheriffa as she made her move. Sheriffa opened a 2 1/2-length lead at the eighth pole, but Saythreehailmary’s kept coming and moved to the lead 70 yards out.

“I was worried a little bit I because Sheriffa, I rode her before and this was my first time riding this filly so I don’t know how she was going to respond,” Ortiz said. “I knew Sheriffa was going to be there and going to respond. She did, but my horse was well trained and 100 percent today.”

Saythreehailmary’s covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.68 and returned $11.40 as the fourth choice in the eight horse-field.

“I told Jose my fear was she’d get too far out of it,” Morrison said. “She’s a one-run horse. She has to settle. I said ‘Get her to relax, get her to settle. Having said all that I don’t want you left with too much to do, so keep in contact with everything.’ He rode her perfect.”

Morrison said Saythreehailmary’s would likely point to the $100,000 Biogio’s Rose here on Feb. 7.