04/24/2016 5:47PM

Time and Motion's win in Memories of Silver special for Toner

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
John Velazquez rode three winners on Sunday's closing-day card at Aqueduct, including Time and Motion in the Memories of Silver.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Jimmy Toner admitted he got a bit ambitious last year when he ran Time and Motion in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf as a maiden. That she only got beat 1 3/4 lengths breaking from post 14 may have justified that decision.

This year, Toner started from scratch with Time and Motion and the filly has responded with two victories to begin her 3-year-old campaign, including a 1 1/4-length triumph in Sunday’s $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes on closing day at Aqueduct.

Not only was Toner gratified to get Time and Motion her first stakes victory, but it came in a race named the Memories of Silver, a multiple Grade 1-winning mare that Toner also trained for John Phillips and family, who also own Time and Motion.

“It brings back a lot of memories of Memories of Silver,” Toner said in the winner’s circle. “I loved this filly. She’s a high quality filly. To be able to win a race named after horses you’ve trained makes it doubly good.”

In a race that looked extremely competitive on paper, Time and Motion was sent off the even-money favorite and she did not disappoint.

Under John Velazquez, Time and Motion settled into the second flight of horses, just outside of My Impression while Lira ran a quarter-mile in 24.76 seconds and a half-mile in 50.62 while being stalked by Taralena.

Velazquez made a three-wide move around the far turn and was spun into the five path when Lira came out two paths, but Time and Motion was undeterred. She opened up a clear advantage in midstretch and won by a comfortable margin over Last Waltz, who split horses in mid-stretch to get second by a length. Pricedtoperfection and Taralena dead-heated for third.

“We broke well enough and I used her a little bit to get my position going into the first turn,” said Velazquez, who won three races on the card, including the $100,000 Times Square division of the New York Stallion Stakes on Sudden Surprise. “She held position and then she relaxed really well behind the two horses in front of her. Coming to the quarter pole, the horses in front bolted on the turn and I had to move a little bit. Then, everybody pushed back in but she held on and saved ground anyway.”

Time and Motion, a 3-year-old homebred daughter of Tapit, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.05 and returned $4.20 to win. Time and Motion is out of the Kris S. mare Ellie’s Moment, whom Toner also trained for the Phillips.

After winning the Memories of Silver, Toner will try to win another race named for a mare he trained when he runs Time and Motion in the $200,000 Wonder Again on June 5. That serves as a prep for the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks on July 9.

Earlier on the card, Velazquez guided Sudden Surprise ($3.70) to a front-running 1 1/4-length victory over Lucky Lurie in the $100,000 Times Square division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

It was the fifth restricted stakes victory for Sudden Surprise, a son of Giant Surprise owned and bred by Mike Repole and trained by Todd Pletcher.

Breaking from the rail, Sudden Surprise quickly opened up a clear advantage over Lucky Lurie and Dr. Shane, who, after bumping early on down the backside, chased Sudden Surprise through a quarter in 23.76 and a half in 47.04.

Lucky Lurie, under Junior Alvarado, got within a neck of Sudden Surprise on the turn, but Sudden Surprise turned him back down the lane and was able to edge away late. Lucky Lurie finished second by three-quarters of a length over Dr. Shane, who got third by a head over Bust Another.

Sudden Surprise, who is now 6 for 9 with $498,800 in earnings, covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.66.

In addition to Velazquez, Manny Franco also won three races on Sunday’s closing-day card.