A My Meadowview Farm homebred, Noble and a Beauty ran valiantly in the Ruthless on January 4 at the Big A. The daughter of Noble Causeway tracked the pace before engaging in a stretch-long duel with graded stakes winner Paulassilverlining, ultimately missing by a nose.
Making her third career start in the Cicada, Noble and a Beauty broke well and settled in third behind pacesetter and 6-5 favorite Hard to Stay Notgo, who led the field through the half.
As the field turned for home, Noble and a Beauty ranged up to the leaders three-wide and was let loose by jockey Jose Ortiz, jaunting to the wire to complete the distance in 1:13.74.
“She broke good and everything went like we hoped,” said Ortiz. “When I asked her to go I had of plenty of horse.”
Although Noble and a Beauty has yet to race beyond 6 ½ furlongs, her connections appear to have plenty of options given the way she exploded in the stretch.
“She gets all the credit,” said Rusty Myers, assistant to Noble and a Beauty’s trainer, Rick Violette, Jr. “I just hang around with her. She was very professional, although at one point when he went to hit her, she ducked in a little bit.”
Noble and a Beauty bumped her bankroll to $116,000.
(Sean Morris) Mamdooha shows true grit
One day shy of a full year since her last appearance at the racetrack, Mamdooha made her return off the lengthy layoff a winning one, capturing her fifth straight victory in the 75th running of the $100,000 Correction on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
With jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons, Mamdooha broke alertly from post position two and settled in fifth, tracking an eager pacesetting Bridgehampton who led the field through the half.
Remaining on the lead heading for home, Bridgehampton began to tire at the eighth-pole, giving way to a fast closing duo in Mamdooha and Expression. Dueling right up until the finish with Expression, Mamdooh was able to get the last jump to secure the win by a nose.
“She’s a really nice filly,” said Ortiz. “She came back from a layoff and she came ready today. She felt the other horses as the wire got close and she wants to win.”
The four-year-old Mamdooha, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, increased her career earnings to $290,000 in just six lifetime starts for owners Shadwell Stable.
“Unbelievable, she’s a fighter of a racehorse and she knows where the wire is,” said Art Magnuson, assistant trainer to McLaughlin. “Coming off the year long layoff we would’ve been happy with a piece of anything so we’re absolutely pleased and now as an older filly going forward we feel that we can compete.”
El Kabeir emerged from his victory in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham in fine fettle, and is pointing to the Grade 1, $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial on April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack, according to the 3-year-old colt’s trainer, John Terranova.
“He ate up well last night and looked great this morning,” said the trainer. “He’s happy, sound, and was excited to see everybody [today]. All looks well.”
Owned by Zayat Stables, El Kabeir was forced to change tactics in the Gotham, coming from off the pace after stretch-out sprinters Toasting Master and Blame Jim dashed to the front and set a snappy pace for the 1 1/16-mile journey.
The son of Scat Daddy handled the new circumstances with aplomb, waiting patiently for his cue from jockey C. C. Lopez, and then storming past the field in the stretch to register an easy 2 ¾-length score.
With 75 qualifying points, El Kabeir, who picked up 50 points for his win in the Gotham, now sits atop the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard, and is virtually assured a spot in the Derby starting gate.
Gotham runner up Tiz Shea D, making his first start in the Bill Mott barn since arriving three weeks ago after being privately purchased, came out of the race in fine fettle according Mott’s son and assistant Riley Mott.
“He was good this morning, jogged well and very happy,” he said. “He came to us in great shape, obviously, and he’s thrived since being here and been training very well.”
Future plans for the Tiznow colt are not yet confirmed but a start in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Wood Memorial on April 4 is not out the realm of possibility.
Following Classy Class’s third-place finish in the Grade 3 Gotham where he was beaten for second by a nose, Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, remained optimistic and encouraged by the colt’s performance.
“We thought he ran well from the hand he was dealt,” said Magnuson. “He broke a little flat footed and ended up back a little far but no complaints.”
Coming out of the race in good shape, the next target for the Cheyenne Stables-owned colt will be the Wood Memorial.
“As of right now, I talked to Kiaran this morning and Mr. Dobson and as far as I know we’re pointing to the Wood,” said Magnuson.