09/21/2014 4:39PM

Temper Mint Patty romps by more than 13 lengths in Gimma Stakes


Temper Mint Patty and Saratoga Heater backed up their maiden victories at Saratoga with convincing wins in New York-bred juvenile stakes Sunday at Belmont Park.

Temper Mint Patty made an eye-catching inside move at the five-sixteenths pole and galloped to a 13 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Saratoga Heater, who romped in the slop at Saratoga, appreciated the mud again Sunday, recording a four-length front-running victory in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard for 2-year-old males.

Temper Mint Patty covered seven furlongs in 1:23.78, 0.85 seconds faster than did Saratoga Heater.

In her maiden victory at Saratoga, Temper Mint Patty rallied behind a dueling duo. On Sunday, under Irad Ortiz Jr., Temper Mint Patty followed the pace-setting Hard to Stay Notgo before shooting through an opening at the five-sixteenths pole and drawing clear in the stretch.

“The horse in front of me tried to get out bad,” Ortiz said. “I had some horse, and I took a chance, and when I asked her, she went right through. I think she can go further, too. She's all right.”

Temper Mint Patty, a daughter of Congrats owned by Mark Stanley and trained by Dale Romans, returned $6.40 as the 2-1 second choice.

Saratoga Heater, a son of Temple City, rallied from off the pace to win his maiden in his second start at Saratoga. In the Bongard, Saratoga Heater won in gate-to-wire fashion under Joel Rosario, defeating Bullheaded Boy by four lengths.

"I thought I would be a little bit off the pace since he came from way off the pace last time,” Rosario said. “He was really sharp today and broke on top. I let him be happy and cruise along. He took me all the way, so it was a good race for him.”

Saratoga Heater, who returned $8.80 as the third choice, is owned by P.R. Racing and was making his first start for trainer Lisa Lewis.

My Super Nova, whom Temper Mint Patty narrowly defeated in their debuts at Saratoga, finished second Sunday as the 2-1 favorite. Hard to Stay Notgo finished third.