Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Stellar Jayne pulled a surprise, winning the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes as a 29-1 shot yesterday at New York's Belmont Park.
Stellar Jayne scored a 2 1/2-length victory over Ashado in the Grade I race for 3-year-old fillies. Ashado stalked Stellar Jayne throughout, but was unable to overtake her.
Island Sand was third. Miss Coronado, Daydreaming, and Society Selection completed the order of finish.
Lukas is no stranger to the Mother Goose winner's circle, having saddled five previous winners. He scored in 1995 with Serena's Song following wins with Open Mind (1989), Fiesta Gal (1987), Life At The Top (1986), and Life's Magic (1984).
The Mother Goose is the first leg of the NYRA's triple crown for 3-year-old fillies. It is followed by the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park July 24 and the Alabama at Saratoga Aug. 21.
The win was the second in a row for Stellar Jayne, who has made eight starts this year. The daughter of Wild Rush took
Stellar Jayne carried 121 pounds, as did all starters, and Robbie Albarado 1 1/8 miles in 1:48 over the fast track to earn $120,000 for Spendthrift Farm. She returned $61.50, $12.60, and $4. Ashado paid $1.90 and $2.20 and Island Sand was $2.80 to show.
Earlier, Gold Joy came from last in the four-horse field to score a 1 1/2 length victory in the $99,900 Tremont Stakes for 2-year-olds. The outsider in the wagering, Gold Joy earned $59,950 for Kenneth Taylor and John Salzman and returned $31.40 and $10.60. There was no show wagering.
Winning Expression was runner-up and paid $9.60 while three lengths ahead of Primal Storm.
Punch Appeal scores upset
Punch Appeal, a 14-1 long shot, took the lead in midstretch and scored a decisive win in the $100,000 J J'sdream Stakes at Calder Race Course in Miami.
Aclassysassylassy was 4 1/4 lengths back in second and Spinning Jolie rallied to finish third in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies going 5 1/2 furlongs.
Yes It's Gold, the even-money favorite, finished 12 1/2 lengths behind the winner in sixth place.
Punch Appeal was timed in 1:06.80 with Julio Garcia aboard and paid $30, $8.80, and $4.80. The Florida-bred daughter of Successful Appeal increased her earnings to $76,450.
Pomeroy romps at Monmouth
Pomeroy won the $100,000 Jersey Shore Breeders Cup by four lengths with a front-running victory at Monmouth Park.
Pomeroy, ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by Patrick Biancone, recorded his first win in three starts this year and his first graded stakes victory.
Pomeroy was timed in 1:09 over 6 furlongs in the Grade III stakes and paid $3.60 and $2.20. There was no show wagering in the five-horse field. Gotaghostofachance, the runner-up, returned $2.80. Midnight Express edged second choice Value Plus for third.
Jockey Eibar Coa rode four winners on the card, capturing the first race with A One Rocket ($2.80), the fifth with Lord Louis ($11.20), the sixth with Wildcat Heir ($2.60), and the seventh with Blakelock ($7.40).