11/14/2011 11:46AM

Trip Notes: Long Island Handicap, Mrs. Revere Stakes replays

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Saturday, November 12th

Aqueduct
Long Island Handicap (race 8)

Hit It Rich showed she may have turned the corner as she used her speed to notch her 3rd win in her last 4 starts and got her first graded stakes win. The daughter of Smart Strike was coming off a romping main track win at Keeneland Oct. 13. She used her speed to stalk pacesetter Unbridled Essence from the start through slow splits, moved up easily and had little trouble wresting command turning for home, opened up into the lane and really wasn’t threatened from there. Looks like Shug McGaughey may have a budding female turfer to go along with budding male turfer Boisterous for 2012. Mekong Melody, the defending champ, stalked in 4th, put in a nice run to go after the winner into the lane but just couldn’t close the gap sufficiently. Musical Rain was last early and finished well, though she was never really a threat. Emerald Beech, the favorite after winning 4 straight including the Grade 3 Glens Falls and then last time running 4th in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl, sat back but never really mustered a run.

Churchill
Mrs. Revere (race 9)

Marketing Mix, coming off a superb 2nd to top-class Euro Together in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland Oct. 15, validated that form with another impressive performance to beat a quality field here. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who is now 3 for 4 on turf, used her speed as usual. She dogged pacesetter New Normal, surged to the lead into the lane and basically blew the race open then and there. Her rivals closed the gap but the issue had already been settled and they only did so because Leparoux completely took his foot off the gas in the final half-furlong. She’s surely one to watch for in 2012. Bizzy Caroline, so impressive here in the spring before failing to thrive on the West Coast, looks back in form now that she’s back in Kentucky. Coming off a good 2nd in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland Oct. 21, she sat back and finished smartly to win a 3-way photo for 2nd. Hungry Island, a winner of 4 straight including the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga before running 4th in the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont Sept. 17, showed her quality again as she lagged well back and finished full of run to just miss 2nd. Smart Sting sat midpack and kept to her task well just narrowly missing being 2nd or 3rd.